Archduke Rudolph Passed Away

  May 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm by

His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Rudolph of Austria passed away yesterday, 15 May 2010, aged 90.

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He was born on 5 September 1919 in Villa Prangins, near Nyon, Switzerland, where his family was living in exile after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. He was the fifth son and sixth child of Emperor Karl I of Austria and Empress Zita. His father died when little Rudolph was 3.

During his youth he lived with his family in Spain and Belgium; at the outbreak of World War II, the former Austrian Imperial Family had to escape to America, being wanted by Gestapo; they settle firstly in Quebec, Canada, and then in the in Tuxedo Park, New York, USA.

Archduke Rudolph continued living there after the end of the war, working as Wall Street junior executive and then as a bank director, before moving to Belgium, where he lived till his death.

He married firstly in 1953 in Tuxedo Park to Countess Xenia Sergeievna Czernichev-Besobrasov; they had together 4 children: Maria Anna, Princess Peter Galitzine; Carl Peter, married to Princess Alexandra von Wrede; Simeon, married to Princess Maria Paloma of Bourbon; Johannes. Archduchess Xenia died in 1968 in a car crash in Casteau, Belgium; in the same accident also Archduke Rudolph was seriously injured. In 1975, their youngest son Johannes also died in a traffic accident in Bruxelles, aged 13.

Archduke Rudolph married in 1971 as his second wife to Princess Anna Gabriele von Wrede; they became parents of a daughter, Catharina-Maria, Countess Maximiliano Secco d’Aragona.

Archduke Rudolph died on 15 May 2010, in Switzerland, eight months after his 90th birthday; he is survived by his wife, his children and 15 grandchildren, as well as by his two older brothers, Archduke Otto and Archduke Felix.

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4 Responses to Archduke Rudolph Passed Away



  2. Louise Lane says:

    Our sincere condolences go to his wife, children and 15 grandchildren, as well as by his two older brothers, Archduke Otto and Archduke Felix.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. My sincere condolences to the family of the Archduke and to his two brothers deprived of their birthright for so long.
    May Archduke Rudolph rest in peace.

  4. Princess Elizangela Moreira von Starhemberg says:

    My sincere condolences go to his wife, children and granchildren…
    And to the famaly of the Archduke!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    May Archduke Rudolf rest in peace forever…

    Elizangela von Starhemberg

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