Saturday, April 18, 2020

A Countly engagement

H Ill H Countess Tatjana Priscilla Walburga Marie of Waldburg zu Zeil-Hohenems and Philipp Eisl became engaged just before Easter.  They will marry at Hohenems during at the weekend of June 5, 2021.

Tatjana is the eldest of four daughters of H Ill H of Count Franz-Clemens Maria Josef Willibald of Waldburg zu Zeil-Hohenems and Countess Stephanie von Blanckenstein.  She was born at Hohenems on April 30, 1992.

Tatjana's paternal grandfather, H Ill H Count Franz Josef Vitus Georg Wunibald, is the head of Hohenems line.  He is married to Countess Priscilla von Schönborn-Wiesentheid.  The Countess died in May 2019.

Count Franz Clemens is the fourth of seven children and is the eldest son and heir to the Palast Hohenems and the family properties.

The Hohenems branch of the Waldburg zu Zeil family is limited to Count Maximilian Klemens of Waldburg zu Zeil-Hohenems (1799-1868), the ninth and youngest child of Maximilian Wunibald, Baron zu  Waldburg and Count zu Zeil,  who was created Prince von Waldburg zu Zeil und Trauchburg in 1803.  The main line descends from the 1st Prince's eldest son,  Franz Thaddaus, 2nd Prince. 

The main branch's estates are in Germany.  Hohenems is located in the Voralberg area of the Austria, not too far from the Swiss border.

Maximilian Klemens married Baroness Maria Josef von Enzberg.  They had seven children.   The line continues through their second son, Count Georg Julius Kaspar Konrad (1878-1955), who married Archduchess Elisabeth of Austria in 1912.    They had six children, including Franz Josef, who was born in 1927 and is Tatjana's grandfather.

Countess Tatjana is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria and Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria.   Franz Josef's youngest child, Archduchess Marie Valerie married Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria, Prince of Tuscany.     Their daughter, Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska (1892-1930) the eldest of ten children, married Count Georg in 1912.  They had fallen after Georg has been hired as a tutor for her brothers.  Ella died at the age of 38 in December 1930. Nearly two years later, in December, Count Georg married her younger sister, Archduchess Gertrud.

Tatjana studied tourism management but is now preparing to take over the family business.

Philipp Eisl is from Salzburg.

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