Sophie, Princess of Windisch-Graetz

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Sophie of Habsburg-Lorraine
Princess Von Windish-Graetz née Archduchess of Austria
Spouse Prince Mariano Hugo of Windisch-Graetz
Issue Prince Maximilian Hugo
Prince Alexis
Princess Larissa Maria
Father Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria
Mother Countess Helene zu Toerring-Jettenbach
Born (1959-01-19) 19 January 1959 (age 56)
Boulogne-sur-Seine, Paris

Sophie, Princess of Windisch-Graetz (born Sophie Franziska Maria Germaine of Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduchess of Austria, 19 January 1959) is a member by birth of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and by marriage of the German House of Windisch-Graetz.


Sophie was born on 19 January 1959, the daughter of Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria and of Helene, Countess zu Toerring-Jettenbach. Her father was a first cousin of Otto of Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, and her mother was a daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark.

She moved to Spain to pursue a career as a model and became an international jet set personality.[citation needed] She had worked as a fashion journalist in Madrid, before marrying the head of the Windisch-Graetz House, the German-Italian prince Mariano Hugo of Windisch-Graetz.

Hailed as one of the European beauties of the 80s, Sophie was a fashion icon in the 1980s. She was known for her beautiful blue eyes, and lavish spending and whirlwind social life. However, after her marriage she becomes a housewife with a private life.[citation needed]