Georg von Habsburg

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Georg von Habsburg
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Born (1964-12-16) 16 December 1964 (age 53)
Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany
Issue Archduchess Zsófia
Archduchess Ildikó
Archduke Karl-Konstantin
Full name
Paul Georg Maria Joseph Dominikus Habsburg-Lothringen
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Otto, Crown Prince of Austria
Mother Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
Austrian imperial family
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg

Georg von Habsburg[1] (given names Paul Georg Maria Joseph Dominikus; born 16 December 1964 in Starnberg), referred to in Austria as Georg Habsburg-Lothringen,[1] in Hungary as Habsburg György, and by his royal name as Archduke Georg of Austria,[2] is the second son, and seventh and youngest child of Otto von Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. He has worked as a television journalist, based in Budapest, since 1993.[2]

Early life[edit]

Otto and Georg

Georg von Habsburg was born in Starnberg, Bavaria, the second son and seventh child of Otto von Habsburg, the crown prince of Austria, and his wife, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. He was raised at her parents' home in exile, Villa Austria, in Pöcking, Bavaria.

He is a grandson of the last Austrian emperor and King of Hungary, Charles I. However, he does not use his ancestral titles as a member of the House of Habsburg, since the use of such titles is illegal in Hungary and Austria.[3]


He married Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg (born 22 August 1972) the older daughter of Duke Johann of Oldenburg (younger son of Nikolaus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Oldenburg and his wife Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont) and Countess Ilka of Ortenburg, on 18 October 1997 in Budapest, Hungary, contracting, unlike his elder brother Karl in 1993, a dynastic marriage according to the Habsburg house laws.[2] His wife remained Lutheran.[2] The couple have three children:

  • Zsófia Mária Tatjána Mónika Erzsébet Katalin (Sophie Maria Tatiana Monica Elisabeth Catherine), born Budapest, 12 January 2001)
  • Ildikó Mária Walburga (Hilda Maria Walburga), born Budapest, 6 June 2002)
  • Károly-Konstantin Mihály István Mária (Karl-Konstantin Michael Stephan Maria), born Budapest, 20 July 2004)

Georg and his family live near the village of Sóskút, in Pest County in Hungary.


Georg was the President of Red Cross in Hungary, having been named Hungary's Ambassador extraordinary to the European Parliament in 1996.[2] Georg has been a strong supporter of the enlargement of the European Union. On 1 May 2004 he was chairman of the Grand Europe Ball, a black tie charitable gala held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York to celebrate this historic occasion.



  1. ^ a b c d e de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. ‘’Le Petit Gotha’’. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 172-176, 201-202 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  2. ^ "RIS - Gesamte Rechtsvorschrift für Habsburgergesetz - Bundesrecht konsolidiert, Fassung vom 09.08.2015". 

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Georg von Habsburg
Born: 16 December 1964
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Ferdinand Zvonimir von Habsburg
Line of succession to the defunct Austro-Hungarian throne
2nd position
Succeeded by
Charles-Constantine von Habsburg