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Archduke Karl Ferdinand (on the right) with his brother Archduke Albert

Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria-Teschen (Vienna, 29 July 1818 - Gross Seelowitz (Židlochovice Castle), 20 November 1874) was the second son of Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen (1771-1847) and Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg, and the maternal grandfather of King Alfonso XIII of Spain.

A son of the "hero of Aspern" he started a military career in Infantry Regiment 57 in Brno. Later he received command of a brigade in Italy and fought against the insurgents in Prague in 1848.
In 1859 he was a general in Moravia and Silesia and returned to Brno in 1860. He became a Lieutenant Field Marshal of the Austrian Army.

Marriage and children

In Vienna on 18 April 1854 Karl Ferdinand married the widow of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este, Prince of Modena (1821–1849), his first cousin Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (1831–1903), daughter of Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary.
They had 6 children :

  1. Archduke Franz Joseph of Austria-Teschen (1855-1855)
  2. Archduke Friedrich of Austria, Duke of Teschen (1856-1936), Supreme Commander of the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I.
  3. Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria-Teschen (1858-1929), married King Alfonso XII of Spain
  4. Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria-Teschen (1860-1933), Admiral
  5. Archduke Eugen of Austria-Teschen (1863-1954), Fieldmarshal
  6. Archduchess Maria Eleonora of Austria-Teschen (1864-1864)




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