Archduchess Charlotte of Austria

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Archduchess Charlotte
Duchess of Mecklenburg
Spouse George, Duke of Mecklenburg
Full name
Charlotte Hedwig Franziska Josepha Maria Antonia Roberta Ottonia Pia Anna Ignatia Marcus d'Aviano
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Father Charles I of Austria
Mother Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Born 1 March 1921
Prangins, Switzerland
Died 23 July 1989(1989-07-23) (aged 68)
Munich, Germany

Archduchess Charlotte of Austria (German: Erzherzogin Charlotte von Österreich; 1 March 1921 – 23 July 1989) was a daughter of Emperor Charles I of Austria and his wife Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. She was also known by the name Charlotte de Bar while a welfare worker in the United States of America from 1943 to 1956.

Life account[edit]

Charlotte Hedwig Franziska Josepha Maria Antonia Roberta Ottonia Pia Anna Ignatia Marcus d'Aviano of Habsburg-Lorraine was born in Prangins, Switzerland, where the Austrian imperial family was living in exile following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the First World War. Her family lived in various countries during their exile: after they left Switzerland they went to the Portuguese island of Madeira where her father died a month after her first birthday. They later settled in Belgium before leaving Europe to fly to the United States to escape the Nazis. In 1943 Archduchess Charlotte started work as a welfare worker in Manhattan's East Harlem neighbourhood using the name Charlotte de Bar.[1]

In May 1956,[2] Charlotte became engaged to George, Duke of Mecklenburg and head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. They were married in a civil ceremony on 21 July 1956 in Pöcking, Germany, followed by a religious ceremony four days later.[3] She left her position as a welfare worker after her marriage. Her husband Duke George died on 6 July 1963 and they had no children.

Archduchess Charlotte, Duchess of Mecklenburg died in Munich four months after the death of her mother.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess & Princess Imperial Charlotte of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
  • Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Duchess of Mecklenburg



  1. ^ "Milestones, Jul. 30, 1956". Time Magazine. 30 July 1956. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Archduchess to Marry". New York Times. 1956-05-16. p. 31. 
  3. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Charlotte Hedwig Erzherzogin von Österreich". The Peerage. Retrieved 2007-03-02. 

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Archduchess Charlotte of Austria
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 1 March 1921 Died: 23 July 1989
Titles in pretence
Title last held by
Irina Mikhailovna Raievskya
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
21 July 1956 – 6 July 1963
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Succeeded by
Archduchess Ilona of Austria