Thursday, October 17, 2013

Archduke Friedrich ill

October 17, 1879

Archduke Friedrich of Austria is "dangerously ill with typhoid fever," reports the New York Times.  The archduke's sister, Archduchess Maria Christina, is engaged to marry King Alfonso XII of Spain.

The 23-year-old archduke is the eldest son of Archduke Karl Ferdinand and Archduchess Elisabeth. 

He married Princess Isabella of Croy on October 8, 1878 in Belgium.  They are expecting their first child in November.

The Spanish royal wedding will take place in Madrid on November 29. 

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