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Archduke Rudolf
Archduke and Prince Rudolf of Austria
Prince Rudolf of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia
Spouse Princess Anna Gabriele of Wrede
Countess Xenia Czernichev-Besobrasov
Archduchess Maria Anna
Archduke Karl Peter
Archduke Simeon
Archduke Johannes Karl
Archduchess Catharina-Maria
Full name
Rudolf Syringus Peter Karl Franz Joseph Robert Otto Antonius Maria Pius Benedikt Ignatius Laurentius Justiniani Marcus d'Aviano
Father Charles I of Austria
Mother Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Born 5 September 1919 (1919-09-05) (age 90)
Prangins, Switzerland
Titular Austrian Imperial Family
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HI&RH The Crown Prince

HI&RH Archduke Felix
HI&RH Archduke Rudolf

Archduke Rudolf of Austria (born 5 September 1919) is the youngest son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma.


Early life

He was born in Prangins, Switzerland where the Austrian Imperial family were staying after they had been sent into exile. He was named after Count Rudolph IV of Habsburg.[1]

Rudolf has worked as a Wall Street junior executive[2] and a bank director.[3]

Marriage and issue

Archduke Rudolf was married to Countess Xenia Czernichev-Besobrasov the daughter of Sergei Aleksandrovich Besobrasov and Countess Elizabeta Cheremeteva, on 22 June 1953 at Tuxedo Park, New York.[3], with whom he had four children. Xenia was killed in a car crash on 20 September 1968, in which Rudolf was also seriously injured .[4]

  • Archduchess Maria Anna (b. 1954) married Prince Peter Galitzine (b. 1955); six children
    • Princess Xenia Galitzine (b. 1983), married Alberto Matta Maya (b. 1983) in 2007
    • Princess Tatiana Galitzine (b. 1984)
    • Princess Alexandra Galitzine (b. 1986)
    • Princess Maria Galtzine (b. 1988)
    • Prince Dimitri Galitzine (b. 1990)
    • Prince Ion Galitzine (b. 1992)
  • Archduke Karl Peter (b. 1955) married Princess Alexandra of Wrede (b. 1970); two children
    • Archduchess Antonia (b. 2000)
    • Archduke Lorenz (b. 2003)
  • Archduke Simeon (b. 1958) married Princess María of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b. 1967); five children
    • Archduke Johannes (b. 1997)
    • Archduke Ludwig (b. 1998)
    • Archduchess Isabel (b. 2000)
    • Archduchess Carlota (b. 2003)
    • Archduke Philipp (b. 2007)
  • Archduke Johannes Karl (1962–1975)

Rudolf was married secondly to Princess Anna Gabriele of Wrede (b. 1940) on 15 October 1971 in Ellingen, Bavaria. They have one daughter.[3]

  • Archduchess Catharina-Maria (b. 1972) married Count Maximiliano Secco di Aragona (b. 1967); two children
    • Count Constantino Secco di Aragona (b. 2000)
    • Count Nicolo Secco di Aragona (b. 2002)



  1. ^ Brook-Shepherd, Gordon (2003). Uncrowned Emperor. Hambledon Continuum. pp. 54. ISBN 1852854391. 
  2. ^ "Milestones". Time Magazine. 1953-07-06.,9171,822861,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Lundy, Darryl. "Rudolf Syringus Erzherzog von Österreich". The Peerage. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Archduchess Xenia of Habsburg killed". New York Times. 1968-09-27. 


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