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Archduke Karl
Archduke and Prince Karl of Austria; Prince Karl of Hungary
Spouse Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
Archduchess Eleonore
Archduke Ferdinand
Archduchess Gloria
Full name
Karl Thomas Robert Maria Franziskus Georg Bahnam
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Otto, Crown Prince of Austria
Mother Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
Born 11 January 1961 (1961-01-11) (age 49)
Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany

Karl Habsburg-Lothringen (Karl Thomas Robert Maria Franziskus Georg Bahnam von Habsburg-Lothringen) (born 11 January 1961 at Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany) is the son of Otto von Habsburg and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen and the grandson of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I. Karl is the current head of the Austrian branch of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

None of Habsburg's titles are recognised in Austria or in Hungary, where he is referred to as Karl Habsburg or Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, which is his legal name. (See Austrian nobility)



Karl is the founder and president of the organization Paneurope-Austria (1987). On 13 October 1996, he was elected to the European Parliament (Austrian People's Party). Since 19 January 2002, he has been the Director General of UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization). Habsburg has also had a short lived career as a host of a TV game show with Austrian public TV broadcaster ORF, called Who-is-Who.

In January 2007, his father Otto von Habsburg relinquished his status as the Head of the House of Habsburg, a status which then devolved on Karl.[1]

Private life

Karl Habsburg has lived in Salzburg, Austria, since 1981. On 31 January 1993, he married Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, the only daughter of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, a European industrialist and his second wife, Fiona Campbell Walter. They have three children:

Titular Austrian Imperial Family
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HI&RH The Crown Prince

HI&RH Archduke Felix
HI&RH Archduke Rudolf

All noble, royal, and imperial titles are illegal in Austria, so the country does not recognise the titles of Karl Habsburg and his family members. The family also abstains from using these.

Karl Habsburg was also mentioned in the media for importing jewelry from Switzerland to Austria without disclosing it to customs officials. The jewellery belonged to his wife and she was supposed to wear it at a wedding ceremony.[citation needed]

Habsburg and his wife reside in Casa Austria, formerly Swoboda Villa, in Anif, Salzburg, Austria.[citation needed]



Karl Habsburg-Lothringen
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 11 January 1961
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Otto, Crown Prince of Austria
current pretender
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Archduke Ferdinand
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne
since 11 January 1961
Succeeded by


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