Friday, February 20, 2015

Bulletin: Kaiser to attend funeral

February 20, 1895

Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany will attend the funeral of Archduke Albrecht of Austria, according to a Berlin dispatch from Central News to the New York Times.

Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, died at Arco on February 18.  He was 77 years  old.  

The late Habsburg military general will receive a state funeral.

Albrecht married Princess Hildegard of Bavaria in 1844.  She died in 1864, at the age of 38, after becoming ill with pleurisy while she was in Munich to attend the funeral of her brother, King Maximilian II.  They had three children: Archduchess Maria Theresia (1845) who is married to Duke Philipp of Württemberg, Archduke Karl (1847-1848), and Archduchess Mathilde (1849-1867).

He is survived by his daughter, Maria Theresia, four grandchildren (Duke Albrecht, Duchess Maria Isabella (wife of Prince Johann Georg of Saxony), and Dukes Robert and Ulrich,  and two great-grandsons, Duke Philipp Albrecht and Duke Albrecht Eugen of Württemberg.

Archduke Albrecht's nephew, Archduke Friedrich, succeeds to the Teschen title, and also inherits his uncle's massive fortune.

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