Archduchess Yolande of Austria

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Archduchess and Princess Yolande of Austria; Princess Yolande of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia
Spouse Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria
Issue Archduke Rudolf
Archduchess Alexandra
Archduke Carl Christian
Archduchess Maria Constanza
Full name
French: Princesse Yolande Marie Jeanne Charlotte de Ligne
House House of Ligne
House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Eugène, 11th Prince of Ligne
Mother Philippine de Noailles
Born (1923-05-06) 6 May 1923 (age 91)
Madrid, Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism
Austrian Imperial Family
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HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca

Princely Family of Ligne
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HRH The Dowager Princess

  • HH Prince Wauthier
    HH Princess Regine
    • HH Prince Philippe
      HH Princess Laetitia
      • HH Prince Jean Charles
    • HH Princess Melanie Yolande
    • HH Princess Élisabeth Éléonore, Baroness Baudouin Gillès de Pelichy
  • HH Princess Anne Marie, Mrs. Mortgat
  • HI&RH Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza
  • HH Princess Sophie, Comtesse Philippe de Nicolay
  • HH Prince Antoine
    HH Princess Jacqueline
    • HH Prince Louis
    • HH Princess Marie
    • HH Princess Florence
  • HH Princess Yolande, Mrs. Townsend

Archduchess Yolande of Austria, née Princesse Yolande Marie Jeanne Charlotte de Ligne (born 6 May 1923), is the widow of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria.[1]


Yolande was born in Madrid as the second daughter of Eugène, 11th Prince of Ligne and his wife Philippine de Noailles. Her father was the Belgian ambassador to India from 1947 to 1951, and the ambassador to Spain from 1951 to 1958.[2] He died two years later, in 1960.

Both of Yolande's brothers became Prince de Ligne (Baudouin, 12th Prince of Ligne and Antoine, 13th Prince of Ligne). Antoine is the father of Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne and Princess Christine, wife of Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza (second in-line to the titular Brazilian throne). Antoine's youngest daughter is named after Yolande.


Marriage and issue[edit]

On 17 January 1950 at the Château de Beloeil, Belgium (the residence of Yolande's family), Yolande married Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria.[1][3][4] The fifth child of the deposed Charles I of Austria and his wife Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Carl Ludwig and Yolande were childhood sweethearts. Wedding guests included Carl Ludwig's eldest brother Archduke Otto (claimant to the Habsburg throne) as well as members of half a dozen other royal families; representatives of the Belgian royal family did not attend however.[5] The couple honeymooned in Florida, eventually settling in New York City, where Carl Ludwig worked for the Rockefeller Foundation.[4][5]

They had four children:[1][6]

  • Archduke Rudolf (b. 1950), married Baroness Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck (b. 1954) in Brussels 3 July 1976, their family taking up residence in Belgium thereafter.[7] On 29 May 1978 he and his children and male-line descendants were incorporated in the nobility of Belgium by royal letters patent with the style of Serene Highness and the hereditary title "Prince of Habsburg-Lorraine".[7] They have seven children:
    • Archduke Carl Christian (born 1977) m. 2 June 2007 Estelle de Saint-Romain:
      • Archduchess Zita (born 2008)
      • Archduchess Anežka (born 2010)
      • Archduchess Anna (born 2012)
    • Archduchess Priscilla (born 1979)
    • Archduke Johannes (born 1981)
    • Archduke Thomas (born 1983)
    • Archduchess Marie-des-Neiges (born 1986)
    • Archduke Franz-Ludwig (born 1988)
    • Archduke Michael (born 1990)
    • Archduke Joseph (born 1991)
  • Archduchess Alexandra (born 1952) married Chilean ambassador to the Holy See Héctor Riesle Contreras.[8] They have three children:
    • Felipe Riesle (born 1986) m. 12 July 2014 Pilar Garcia- Huidobro
    • Maria-Sofia Riesle (born 1988)
    • Constanza Riesle (born 1989)
  • Archduke Carl Christian (born 1954) married Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg on 6 February 1982 in Luxembourg. They have five children:
    • Archduchess Marie Christine (born 1983) married Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum in Malines (Mechelen), Belgium, on 6 December 2008:
      • Count Léopold de Limburg-Stirum (born 2011).
      • Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (born 2013).
    • Archduke Imre (born 1985) married Kathleen Elizabeth Walker in Washington, DC, on 8 September 2012.[9]
      • Archduchess Maria Stella (born 2013)
    • Archduke Christoph (born 1988), married Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch in Nancy, France[10] on 28 December 2012 (civil) and 29 December 2012 (religious).
    • Archduke Alexander (born 1990)
    • Archduchess Gabriella (born 1994)
  • Archduchess Maria Constanza (born 1957) married Franz Josef, Prince (Fürst) von Auersperg-Trautson. They have one adopted daughter, Anna Maria, and three biological daughters (one died shortly after her birth):
    • Princess Alexandra Maria (1998 - 1998).
    • Princess Ladislaya (born 1999).
    • Princess Eleonora (born 2002).


16. Eugène, 8th Prince of Ligne
8. Prince Henri Maximilien of Ligne
17. Mélanie de Conflans
4. Ernest, 10th Prince of Ligne
18. Count Ernest de Talleyrand-Périgord
9. Marguerite de Talleyrand-Périgord
19. Marie Louise Lepelletier de Morfontaine
2. Eugène, 11th Prince of Ligne
20. Timoléon de Cossé, Duc de Brissac
10. Roland de Cossé, Marquis de Brissac
21. Marguerite Le Lievre de La Grange
5. Diane de Cossé-Brissac
22. Constant André Say
11. Jeanne Marie Say
23. Jeanne Marie Emilie Wey
1. Archduchess Yolande of Austria
24. Charles Philippe Henri de Noailles
12. Antonin-Just-Léon-Marie de Noailles
25. Anne Marie Cécile de Noailles
6. François Joseph Eugène Napoléon de Noailles
26. Prince Napoleon Lucien Charles Murat
13. Princess Anne Murat
27. Caroline Georgina Fraser
3. Philippine de Noailles
28. Ernest Dubois, Vicomte de Courval
14. Arthur Constant, 3rd Baron Dubois de Courval
29. Isabelle Moreau
7. Madeleine Dubois de Courval
30. Richard Ray
15. Mary Ray
31. Mary Rebecca Boggs


  1. ^ a b c Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Princesse Yolande Marie Jeanne Charlotte de Ligne". Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Archduke Charles Troth", The New York Times (Brussels), 12 October 1949 
  3. ^ Brook-Shepherd, p. 178.
  4. ^ a b "Princess de Ligne To Wed Today", The New York Times (Beloeil, Belgium), 16 January 1950 
  5. ^ a b "Archduke Charles of Habsburg Weds Princess Yolande of Ligne in Belgium", The New York Times (Beloeil, Belgium), 18 January 1950 
  6. ^ Brook-Shepherd, p. 170.
  7. ^ a b de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 193-198 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  8. ^ Luengo, Gonzalo. 2009. Nobles en Chile: Visión a través de uno de ellos. Retrieved July 10th, 2010.
  9. ^ Full name
  10. ^ Verliebt, verlobt, verlobt - website Tageblatt Online


  • Brook-Shepherd, Gordon (2003). Uncrowned Emperor: The Life and Times of Otto von Habsburg. London: The Bath Press. ISBN 1-85285-439-1.