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geli 08-27-2006 10:04 AM

Emperor Karl I (1887-1922), Empress Zita ("The Last Empress") (1892-1989) and Family
 
I would like to start this topic on the last empress Zita of Austria (1892-1989) so that all those which appreciate this very great lady can post infos, anecdotes or pics on her, her husband Karl I and their family, in order to pay homage to her.

Everyone is invited to take part.

Thanks in advance.

Royalist0007 09-05-2006 10:48 PM

Geli,Empress Zita never renounced her royal & imperial status after the abolition of the Empire of Austria-Hungary.She supported her son's anti-Nazi exile organisation during World War II.I know very little about her after World War II,however.

Aidan.

princess olga 09-06-2006 12:42 AM

http://www.aeiou.at/aeiou.encyclop.d...z/z648535a.jpg

A photo of her.

flcty 09-08-2006 08:28 PM

the following link has more pictures of Zita with her children: http://members.fortunecity.com/verenad/Zita.html

Anyone out there has any information about Zita's life prior marriage to karl?

princess olga 09-08-2006 09:07 PM

Here's an interesting article on her life from Wikipedia. There's some pictures as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zita_of_Bourbon-Parma

flcty 09-09-2006 09:15 AM

found this little article on zita (which focuses mostly on Karl)...

(taken exactly from above link. the website has pictures ;))
Karl of Austria was the last Emperor of Austria, the last Apostolic King of Hungary, the last King of Bohemia and the last monarch of the Habsburg dynasty. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Rome on October 3, 2004.
Archduke Karl was born on 17 August 1887 in the castle of Persenbeug in Austria. His parents were the Archduke Otto and Princess Maria Josefa of Saxony. Emperor Franz Josef was Karl's great-uncle. When Karl was 8 years old, a famous nun in Sopron, Hungary, prophesied that the child “must be enveloped in prayers, for he will be emperor someday and will have to suffer greatly. He will be a special target of hell.” As a result, Count and Countess Wallis, who were charged with the education of Karl, founded a small prayer circle in 1895. This prayer circle later became the League of Prayers with thousands of members worldwide...
http://www.cryingvoice.com/Picture_8.html

Vanesa 09-09-2006 10:32 PM

How a nice little boy Otto was when very little! Such a cutie pie...:wub:

Vanesa.

geli 09-10-2006 01:28 PM

Tkank you with all for your answers which really pleased to me !

Here are two pictures of Zita at the time of her engagement to the archiduke Carl Franz Josef of Austria (1887-1922), later emperor Karl I :

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...engagement.jpg http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...rl/pianore.jpg

geli 09-16-2006 06:33 AM

The wedding of the Archiduke Charles of Hasburg and Princess Zita of Bourbon Parma was celebrated on October 21, 1911 in the castle of Schwarzau, not far from Vienna, in the presence of the emperor Franz Josef.

Here are two pictures :


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...0Karl/1911.jpg

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...edding1911.jpg

Warren 09-17-2006 01:33 AM

Two pics of Empress Zita.

Coronation as Queen of Hungary in 1916



Empress Zita as Princess of Bourbon-Parma 1910


geli 09-24-2006 09:47 AM

Zita as a new archiduchess of Austria, after wedding :


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...rlesandzia.jpg
Official portrait of the young couple


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...itaofparma.jpg http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...Karl/zita3.jpg



Zita was, we knows it, born in 1892 and was thus 19 years old in 1911 when she married archiduc Karl.

But, on all the photos of this time, she seemed extremely youthful and appeared much younger than her real age.

Benjamin 09-24-2006 11:07 AM

Here are some other nice threads about Zita:
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/ind...ic,1983.0.html
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/ind...ic,6568.0.html
http://www.royals-portal.de/forum/in...wtopic=6768&hl

Next Star 12-31-2006 03:08 PM

The former Austrian royal family hard to believe outranks all of the reigning princes and princess of current royals houses and they have not reigned or ruled in thousands of years.There are some nice pictures of the emperor and empress together and some pictures of the empress by herself .I like the tiara she was wearing does anyone know about the history of the tiara and does the royal family of Bourbon-Parma still own the tiara or was it lost or sold?

TheQueen 12-31-2006 04:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Next Star
The former Austrian royal family hard to believe outranks all of the reigning princes and princess of current royals houses and they have not reigned or ruled in thousands of years.

Thousands of years? It hasn't even been a 100yrs yet? The monarchy was abolished at the end of World War I.

Princess Robijn 12-31-2006 04:29 PM

I visited Madeira with Christmas and there is a portret of Empress Zita with her family there..

Next Star 12-31-2006 04:36 PM

Okay it is not thousands of years but over eighty years that still does not change the fact they are not of an reigning royal house period.
Quote:

Originally Posted by TheQueen
Thousands of years? It hasn't even been a 100yrs yet? The monarchy was abolished at the end of World War I.


Warren 01-01-2007 01:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Next Star
...that still does not change the fact they are not of an reigning royal house period.

From my reading of the thread no-one has suggested they are. So, there are no "facts" which need changing, apart from the "thousands of years" statement, which should have read 1919 for Austria and 1921 for Hungary.

Gloria78 01-14-2007 04:34 AM

The tiara was used at the wedding between Princess Regina Sachsen-Meinigen and Erzherzog Otto. The tiara (made by Köchert) was a wedding gift from Kaiser Franz Joseph to Zita.

berry 01-14-2007 05:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by geli
Here are two pictures of Zita at the time of her engagement to the Archiduke Carl Franz Josef of Austria (1887-1922), later Emperor Karl I

The man in the first picture doesn't look like Karl at all. Maybe he is one of Zita's brothers?

britti 01-19-2007 01:55 PM

That´s definitely Karl. Don´t you recognize him???

I hope we speak of the same picture : The one with Zita, and the man with the hat beside her. There is not much to see of his face because of the hat, but that´s the typical mouth and nose of Karl!


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