Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Archduchess Maria of Austria (1935-2018)

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Archduchess Maria of Austria, widow of Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria, died on July 20 at Vienna.   She was 82 years old.

HSH Princess Maria Aloisia Josephine Consolata Immaculata Benedicta Theresia Antonia Johanna Carla Conrada Leonharda of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, was born at Munich on November 6, 1935, the eldest child of Karl, 8th Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and Carolina dei Conti Rignon.

She married HI & RH Archduke Joseph Arpad Benedikt Ferdinand Maria Gabriel of Austria, a member of the Hungarian Palatine branch of the Habsburg dynasty.  He died on April 30, 2017 at the age of 84.

Princess Maria and Archduke Joseph Arpad were married in 1956.  Their civil marriage took place on August 25, 1956 and the religious ceremony was on September 12.  Both weddings were celebrated in Bronnbach, Wertheim-am-Main.

The couple had eight children.  Their first child, Archduke Joseph Karl, lived for only a day in August 1957.

Archduchess Maria is survived by her seven children and their families: Archduchess Monika-Ilona (Charles de Rambures), Archduke Joseph and his wife, Margarete (Princess of Hohenberg),  Archduchess Maria Christine (Raymond van der Meide),  Archduke Andreas and Marie-Christine (Countess of Hatzfeldt-Dönhoff), Archduchess Alexandra (Wilhelmus de Wit), Archduke Nicolaus and Eugenia (de Calonje Gurrea) and Archduke Johannes and Maria Gabriela (Montenegro Villlamiszar).  

She is also survived by her sisters and brother: HSH Princess Josephine (Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein),  HSH Princess Monika (Don Jaime Mendez de Vigo y del Arco), HI&RH Archduchess Christiane (Archduke Michael of Austria), HSH Aloys-Konstantin, Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (HRH Princess Anastasia of Prussia),  HSH Princess Elisabeth-Alexandra (José Maria Trénor y Suarez de Lezo) and HSH Princess Lioba (HSH Moritz, Prince of Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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