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Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1950-) and Family

I'm looking for information on Archduke Rudolf of Austria, born 1950, son of Archduke Carl Ludwig and grandson of Emperor Charles I. I believe he presently lives in Belgium and is an avid hunter. He might be coming to visit me and I would like to know more about him and any protocol I might need to know. Thank you in advance.
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Old 09-23-2016, 10:44 PM
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Archduke Rudolf married Baroness Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck in Brussels, Belgium on July 3, 1976. He had worked at invest managers AAA Gestion.
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His wife Hélène is, among many others, descendant of Rubens, the famous painter.
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Old 09-24-2016, 06:06 AM
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They have a lot of Children....
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Old 09-24-2016, 08:28 AM
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Archduke Rudolf and Archduchess Marie-Hélène are parents of eight childre: six sons (Carl-Christian, Johannes, Thomas, Franz-Ludwig, Michael and Joseph) and two daughters (Priscilla and Marie-des-Neiges).
Currently only the eldest son is married and himself father of four daughters.
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Priscilla is the odd name, especially when her sister has such a beautiful traditional name (Marie-des-Neiges).
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I notice that their Boys have German Surnames.
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I notice that their Boys have German Surnames.
What do you mean by German surnames?

Their official "surname" is Habsburg-Lothringen if I am not mistaken which is, of course, German...
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Priscilla is the odd name, especially when her sister has such a beautiful traditional name (Marie-des-Neiges).
St. Priscilla was a martyr from 1st century Rome. Not older than Mary or snow (Neiges) perhaps, but certainly not a new name. The wife of emperor Dioclatian was also a Prisc(ill)a. And there is of course a legendary Queen of the desert with that name .
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Never too old to learn. I have never heard about a Saint Priscilla. I will look to the Saints' Calendar and see if I can find information. Thanks.

Found it: there is a Basilica di Santa Prisca in Rome. Priscilla is a diminutive of Prisca.
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Archduke Rudolf is the godfather of Countess Guillaume de Dampierre, nee Princess Alix de Ligne. He's a first cousin of the Countess' father, Michel, 14th Prince de Ligne. Her godmother is Princess Isabel of Brazil, her maternal aunt.
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Marc 23 ,German Names , sorry for that ! I often do this mistake .
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Are they incorporated in the Belgian nobility as prince von Habsburg-Lotharingen or de Habsbourg-Lorraine? I suspect the latter. The first names of the sons are German sounding indeed, though among the baptism names there are more French sounding ones too.
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The parents of Marie-Hélène are Guy, Baron of Villenfagne de Vogelsanck and Marie Rennée de Crombrugghe de Lorringhe.
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Marc 23 ,German Names , sorry for that ! I often do this mistake .
Maybe they had an "agreement" that first names of the boys will be chosen by father and first names of the girls by mother.

Just a guess
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Is Archduchess Marie Hélène a French aristocrat?

A brief interview with Archduke Rudolf and his son, Archduke Michael, in French about Empress Zita of Austria in 2015.


https://youtu.be/KAakQAUHT1A

According to my knowledge, Archduke Rudolf's children are very active in religious work.
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Archduchess Hélène is Belgian. She was born in Schaesbeek, near Brussels. The head of the family resides Castle Vogelsanck in Zolder, Belgian Limbourg.

Her anscestors all come from the Belgian aristocracy; her siblings all married Belgian nobles too.

Guy de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck - Baudouin de Crombrugghe de Looringhe - Geneanet



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how is Archduchess Marie-Hélène related to the head of the family?
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The head of the family is baron Gauthier, who is married to Jkvr. Priscilla le Hardÿ de Beaulieu.

They both descend from baron Jean de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck (1888-1976) and Jkvr. Elisabeth van de Werve d'Immerseel (1892-1990):

Jean -> Henri (b. 1916) m. Css Louise-Marie de Lichtervelde -> Claude (b. 1942), m. Jkvr. Isabel 't Kint de Roodenbeke -> Gauthier (b.1968)

Jean -> Guy, (b. 1927) m. Bss Marina de Crombrugghe de Looringhe -> Marie-Hélène (b. 1954)
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Thanks for the info 😊
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