Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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Margherita
Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia
Spouse Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este
Issue Archduchess Maria Beatrice
Archduke Lorenz
Archduke Gerhard
Archduke Martin
Archduchess Isabella
Full name
Margherita Isabella Maria Vittoria Emanuela Elena Gennara
House House of Austria-Este (by marriage)
House of Savoy (patrilineal)
Father Amedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta
Mother Princess Anne d'Orléans
Born (1930-04-07) 7 April 1930 (age 84)
Capodimonte, near Naples, Italy
Italian Royal Family
Great coat of arms of the king of italy (1890-1946).svg

HRH The Duke of Savoy
HRH The Duchess of Savoy


HI&RH The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
HRH Princess Maria Cristina

Margherita, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este (née Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta; born 7 April 1930, at Capodimonte, Naples, Italy) is the first child of the late Prince Amedeo of Savoy and Princess Anne d'Orléans.[1]

Biography[edit]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Margherita's family announced her engagement to Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este on 20 October 1953.[1] They married on 29 December 1953 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France (civilly) and 29 December 1953 (religious), in Brou, France.[2][3] He was the second son of former Emperor Charles I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma. Robert was 38, and Margherita was 23. As the royal couple arrived for the first ceremony, hundreds of Austrians and Italians stood outside the town hall where the marriage was held.[2] The wedding was also attended by former King Umberto II of Italy and Robert's older brother Otto of Habsburg, the claimant to the Austrian throne.[2] At six feet tall, Margherita was, according to some witnesses, an impressive sight. She wore an ivory gown made out of satin with a long train hung from a diamond tiara.[3]

The couple took up residence in Paris, where Robert was a bank clerk.[3] They had five children, all with the territorial designation of Austria-Este:

Styles of
The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
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Reference style Her Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Madame

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 7 April 1930 – 12 May 1946 Her Serene Highness Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta
  • 12 May 1946 – 29 December 1953 Her Royal Highness Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta
  • 29 December 1953 – 7 February 1996 Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Archduchess of Austria-Este
  • 7 February 1996 – present Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Italian Princess Engaged, The New York Times (Lyon, France), 21 October 1953 
  2. ^ a b c Italian Princess Wed to Archduke, The New York Times (Lyon, France), 29 December 1953 
  3. ^ a b c Royal Church Nuptials, The New York Times (Bourg-En-Bresse, France), 30 December 1953