Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Hohenberg

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Princess Elisabeth
Dowager Duchess von Hohenberg
Born (1922-12-22)22 December 1922
Berg Castle, Luxembourg
Died 22 November 2011(2011-11-22) (aged 88)
Fischbach Castle, Fischbach, Luxembourg
Burial Artstetten Castle, Austria[1]
Spouse Franz, Duke von Hohenberg
Issue Princess Anita
Princess Sophie
Full name
Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anna Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Luise
Father Felix of Bourbon-Parma
Mother Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Religion Catholicism

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess von Hohenberg (Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anna Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Luise; 22 December 1922 – 22 November 2011) was a Luxembourgian princess. She was a daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma,[2] the sister of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and the aunt of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. In 1956 she married Franz, Duke von Hohenberg, a grandson of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria,[2] whose assassination in 1914 sparked World War I.

Biography[edit]

Princess Elisabeth was born at Berg Castle in Luxembourg on 22 December 1922 as the second child and first daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.[2] To commemorate her birth, Luxembourg issued a stamp as a souvenir sheet the following year, the world's first such miniature sheet.[3]

Facing the German invasion in May 10, 1940 during World War II, the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg left the country to find refuge in Portugal. The Trenton cruiser sent by President Roosevelt, took her father Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma and his children to the American continent, while Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg headed for London. Forced to respect American impartiality, the Grand Ducal Family settled for Montreal, Canada.

With her father Prince Felix and her brother hereditary Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Princess Elisabeth regained London in 1942. With her sister Princess Marie Adelaide of Luxembourg, she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton, England.

After the war ended, the Grand Ducal Family regained the grand duchy.

Marriage and issue[edit]

She married Franz, Duke von Hohenberg (1927–1977) in Luxembourg on 9 May 1956.[2] He was a grandson of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria,[2] whose assassination in 1914 sparked World War I.

They had two children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren:[2]

  • Princess Anna (Anita) Charlotte Maximiliana Euphemia Maria Helena von Hohenberg (born 18 August 1958, Berg Castle), she married Romee de La Poeze, Count d'Harambure on 22 July 1978 and divorce in 1998 and they have four children. Then married Count Andreas von Bardeau on 9 July 2005.
    • Gaetan de La Poeze, Count d'Harambure (born 25 July 1980)
    • Alix de La Poeze, Countess d'Harambure (born 8 September 1981) married Francois-Xavier Fraye in 2010. They have three children:
      • Armel Fraye (2011)
      • Benedikt Fraye (2013)
      • Alexandra Fraye (2015)
    • Gabriel de La Poeze, Count d'Harambure (born 3 Oct 1987)
    • Raoul de La Poeze, Count d'Harambure (born 14 June 1989)
  • Princess Sophie Felicitas Elisabetha Bona Maria Antonia von Hohenberg (born 10 May 1960) married Jean-Louis de Potesta on 18 June 1983. They have three children and one grandson:
    • Eleonore de Potesta (born 24 April 1984) she married Diego Fernández de Córdova y Cerveró on 16 June 2012. They have one son:
      • Rafael Fernández de Córdova y de Potesta (born 9 August 2013)
    • Baron Charles de Potesta (born 25 October 1985)
    • Elizabeth de Potesta (born 29 April 1988)

Final years[edit]

Princess Elisabeth returned to Luxembourg after her husband's death in 1977. In 1983 she inherited Artstbetetten Castle, which she ceded that year to her oldest daughter, Anita de La Poëze d´Harambure. Following the death of her mother Grand Duchess Charlotte, in 1985, she moved to Wasserhaf, near Fischbach Castle. Between 1980 and 1990, she participated in Luxembourgian official ceremonies. Towards the end of her life, she resided at Fischbach Castle with her older brother, Grand Duke Jean.

She died at Fischbach Castle on 22 November 2011 aged 88, following a stroke in 2010. She was cremated and buried next to her husband in a crypt at Artstetten Castle.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 December 1922 – 9 May 1956 : Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 9 May 1956 – 8 January 1962 Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, The Hereditary Duchess of Hohenberg, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 8 January 1962 – 16 August 1977 Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, The Duchess of Hohenberg, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 16 August 1977 – 22 November 2011: Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth, The Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma

Ancestry[edit]

Styles of
Duchess Elisabeth of Hohenberg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

References[edit]

  1. ^ Place of burial
  2. ^ a b c d e f Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 55-56, 59, 426, 479-480, 489 (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X
  3. ^ Refreshercourse

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