Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria

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Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria
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Spouse Princess Anna of Saxony
Father Archduke Joseph August of Austria
Mother Princess Auguste Maria of Bavaria
Born (1895-03-28)28 March 1895
Brünn, Bohemia
Died 25 September 1957(1957-09-25) (aged 62)
Carcavelos, Portugal

Joseph Franz Leopold Anton Ignatius Maria, Archduke of Austria, Prince of Hungary (March 28, 1895, Brünn, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (now Brno, in the Czech Republic).[1] – September 25, 1957, Carcavelos, Portugal[1]) He was the eldest son of Archduke Joseph August of Austria and Princess Auguste Maria of Bavaria. As his father was the last Palatine of Hungary and was briefly considered a possible King of Hungary in 1919–1920, Josef Franz was a potential crown prince of Hungary.

He was born during the reign of his maternal great-grandfather Franz Joseph I of Austria.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On October 4, 1924, Archduke Joseph Franz married Princess Anna of Saxony, a daughter of Friedrich August III of Saxony and Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany.[2] Anna and Joseph Francis had eight children:

  • Archduchess Margit of Austria (born 17 August 1925; died 3 May 1979) married Alexander Erba-Odescalchi, Prince of Monteleone, and has issue;
    • Sybilla Erba-Odescalchi, Princess of Monteleone (born 7 August 1945) married Samir Fawzi Beshhai Bekkeit and has issue;
      • Augustin Beshhai-Bekkeit (born 17 March 1968)
      • Helene Beshhai-Bekkeit (born 21 September 1969)
      • Eleonore Beshhai-Bekkeit (born 19 March 1974)
  • Archduchess Ilona of Austria (born 20 April 1927; died 11 January 2011 ) married Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg
  • Archduchess Anna-Theresia (born 19 April 1928; died 28 November 1984)
  • Archduke Joseph Arpád of Austria (born 8 February 1933), married Princess Maria von Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
  • Archduke István Dominik of Austria (born 1 July 1934; died 24 October 2011), married Maria Anderl
  • Archduchess Maria Kynga (born 27 August 1938), married, firstly, Ernst Kiss. She married, secondly, Joachim Krist on 30 March 1988.
  • Archduke Géza of Austria (born 14 November 1940), married Monika Decke
  • Archduke Michael of Austria (born 5 May 1942), married Princess Christiana of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (born 1940)

Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria died on 25 September 1957 in Carcavelos, Portugal