Thursday, October 13, 2011

Royal Engagement: Austria - Windisch Graetz

October 13, 1901

The Times of London has received a dispatch from Vienna which announces the engagement of Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria, the only child of the late Crown Prince Rudolf, and Prince Otto of Windisch-Graetz.   Otto is a "scion of the younger branch of the princely house of Windisch-Graetz, which has equality of rank with reigning houses."

Archduchess Elisabeth is nineteen years old, and her future husband, a First Lieutenant in the Lancers, is ten years her senior.

This is said to be "a love match."   Elisabeth's grandfather, Emperor Franz Josef, is said to be in favor of the engagement.

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