Archduke Felix of Austria: Wikis


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Archduke Felix
Spouse Princess & Duchess Anna-Eugénie of Arenberg
Archduchess Maria del Pilar
Archduke Carl Philipp
Archduchess Kinga
Archduke Raimund
Archduchess Myriam
Archduke István
Archduchess Viridis
Full name
Felix Friedrich August Maria vom Siege Franz Joseph Peter Karl Anton Robert Otto Pius Michael Benedikt Sebastian Ignatius Marcus d'Aviano
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Charles I of Austria
Mother Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Born 31 May 1916 (1916-05-31) (age 93)
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Titular Austrian Imperial Family
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HI&RH The Crown Prince
HI&RH The Crown Princess

HI&RH Archduke Felix
HI&RH Archduke Rudolf

Archduke Felix of Austria (born 31 May 1916) is a son of the last Austrian Emperor Charles I and a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He is a younger brother of Crown Prince Otto of Austria the current head of the House.


Early life and exile

Archduke Felix was born in the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna the third son of the then heir presumptive to the throne of Austria-Hungary the Archduke Charles and his wife Zita of Bourbon-Parma.[1] On 21 November 1916 the Emperor Franz Joseph died and Felix's father succeeded as the new Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary.

Archduke Felix was less than three years old when Austria-Hungary collapsed following its defeat in the First World War. As a result, republics were declared in the now-separate countries Austria and Hungary which led to exile of the Imperial Family. During his time in exile he has lived in Portugal, Belgium, Mexico and the United States.[2]

During the Second World War while in the United States, Felix and his brother Karl Ludwig volunteered to serve in the 101st US Infantry Battalion known as the "Free Austria Battalion". However the battalion was disbanded when a number of exiled Jewish volunteers who made up the majority of force ultimately declined to confirm their enlistment.[3]

Return to Austria

Felix, unlike his brother Otto, has always refused to renounce his rights to the Austrian throne and membership of the Habsburg family, saying that doing so would violate his human rights. As a result he was banned from entering Austria except for a brief three-day stay in 1989 in order to attend his mother's funeral.[2] On 10 March 1996, after Austria had joined the European Union and the concurrent dropping of staffed border checkpoints between Austria and other EU countries, he crossed into the country from Germany and held a press conference the next day to announce his illegal arrival.[4] After his presence became known, he was warned by the Austrian government that he would face prosecution if he ever tried to sneak in again.[5] Ultimately, a deal was reached between Felix, his brother Karl Ludwig and the Austrian government whereby they declared their allegiance to the republic without any reference being made to their rights to the throne or to their membership in the Imperial Family.[4]

In June 1998, in a joint action with his brother Karl Ludwig, Felix attempted to have the properties which were given to their ancestor Maria Theresa of Austria by her husband Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor restored to them after the properties had been taken from the Habsburg family by Adolf Hitler during the Anschluss.[6]

Felix has built up a number of successful businesses in Mexico and Brussels[4] and has worked as a marketing consultant.[7]

He currently lives in the colonia of San Ángel in Mexico City.[8]

Marriage and children

Felix was married civilly on 18 November 1952 at Beaulieu, France, and religiously a day later, to Princess and Duchess Anna-Eugénie of Arenberg (1925-1997).[1] They had seven children.

  • Archduchess Maria del Pilar of Austria (born 1953) married Vollrad-Joachim Edler von Poschinger (born 1952)
  • Archduke Carl Philipp (Carlos Felipe) of Austria (born 1954) married first (div 1997) Martina Donath. Married second Annie-Claire Christine Lacrambe (born 1959)
  • Archduchess Kinga of Austria (born 1955) married Baron Wolfgang von Erffa (born 1948)
  • Archduke Raimund (Ramon) of Austria (1958-2008) married Bettine Götz (born 1969)
  • Archduchess Myriam of Austria (born 1959) married Jaime Corcuera Acheson (born 1955), a Mexican descendant of the Earls of Gosford.
  • Archduke István (Esteban) of Austria (born 1961) married Paola de Temesváry (born 1971)
  • Archduchess Viridis of Austria (born 1962) married Karl Dunning-Gribble (born 1961)

As they all lived in Mexico, and some still do, they are called by the Spanish equivalent to their names.

Honours and patronages

Along with his brothers Otto and Rudolf, Archduke Felix was a patron for the revived Almanach de Gotha.[9]

Titles and styles



Archduke Felix of Austria
Born: 31 May 1916
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Archduke Emmanuel of Austria-Este
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
11th position
Succeeded by
Archduke Carl Philipp of Austria


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