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whitebear 03-22-2016 12:43 PM

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.

CyrilVladisla 09-23-2016 10:44 PM

Archduke Rudolf married Baroness Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck in Brussels, Belgium on July 3, 1976. He had worked at invest managers AAA Gestion.

Marc23 09-24-2016 04:28 AM

His wife Hélène is, among many others, descendant of Rubens, the famous painter.

maria-olivia 09-24-2016 06:06 AM

They have a lot of Children....

MAfan 09-24-2016 08:28 AM

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.

Duc_et_Pair 09-24-2016 10:11 AM

Priscilla is the odd name, especially when her sister has such a beautiful traditional name (Marie-des-Neiges).

maria-olivia 09-24-2016 10:19 AM

I notice that their Boys have German Surnames.

Marc23 09-24-2016 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1926371)
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...

Marengo 09-24-2016 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by Duc_et_Pair (Post 1926367)
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 :whistling:.

Duc_et_Pair 09-24-2016 12:44 PM

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.

Cris M 09-24-2016 01:14 PM

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.

maria-olivia 09-24-2016 01:52 PM

Marc 23 ,German Names , sorry for that ! I often do this mistake .

Marengo 09-24-2016 04:40 PM

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.

CyrilVladisla 09-25-2016 10:42 PM

The parents of Marie-Hélène are Guy, Baron of Villenfagne de Vogelsanck and Marie Rennée de Crombrugghe de Lorringhe.

Marc23 09-26-2016 04:24 AM


Originally Posted by maria-olivia (Post 1926427)
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 ;)

Shikha Pal 04-12-2017 07:00 AM

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.

According to my knowledge, Archduke Rudolf's children are very active in religious work.

Marengo 04-12-2017 07:57 AM

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

Shikha Pal 04-12-2017 09:14 AM

how is Archduchess Marie-Hélène related to the head of the family?

Marengo 04-12-2017 09:28 AM

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)

Shikha Pal 04-22-2017 08:42 AM

Thanks for the info 😊

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