Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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Archduchess Margherita
Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
Margherita of Savoy-Aosta Epoca 1953.jpg
Princess Margherita on 30 August 1953 cover of Epoca
Born (1930-04-07) 7 April 1930 (age 91)
Palace of Capodimonte, Naples, Kingdom of Italy
(m. 1953; died 1996)
IssueArchduchess Maria Beatrice
Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
Archduke Gerhard
Archduke Martin
Archduchess Isabella
Margherita Isabella Maria Vittoria Emanuela Elena Gennara
FatherAmedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta
MotherPrincess Anne d'Orléans

Margherita, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este (née Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta; born 7 April 1930) is the first-born child of the late Amedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta, and Princess Anne d'Orléans.[1]


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 (religiously), 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:

  • Archduchess Maria Beatrice Anna Felicitas Zita Charlotte Adelheid Christina Elisabeth Gennara (11 December 1954). Married Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg, a great-grandson of the last Bavarian king, Ludwig III, and has issue. They have six daughters, including Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, who is married to Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon.
  • Archduke Lorenz Otto Carl Amadeus Thadeus Maria Pius Andreas Marcus d'Aviano (16 December 1955), created Prince of Belgium on 10 November 1995. Married 22 September 1984 at Brussels, Princess Astrid of Belgium (b. 1962). They have five children.
  • Archduke Gerhard Thaddäus Anton Marcus d'Aviano Maria Umberto Otto Carl Amadeus (30 October 1957) who wed in 2015 Iris Jandrasits (1961);
  • Archduke Martin Carl Amadeo Maria (21 December 1959). Married Princess Katharina of Isenburg-Birstein. They have four children.
  • Archduchess Isabella Maria Laura Helena Antonia Zita Anna Gennara (2 March 1963). Married Andrea Czarnocki-Lucheschi. They have five children.



  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