Margot Klestil-Löffler

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Margot Klestil-Löffler
Margot Klestil-Löffler 2004.jpg
Margot Klestil-Löffler in 2004
Ambassador of Austria to the Russian Federation
In office
December 2009 – December 2014
President Heinz Fischer
Preceded by Martin Vukovich
Succeeded by Emil Brix
Ambassador of Austria to the Czech Republic
In office
2004–2009
President Heinz Fischer
Preceded by Klas Daublebsky
Succeeded by Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff
First Lady of Austria
In office
December 23, 1998 – July 6, 2004
President Thomas Klestil
Preceded by Edith Klestil
Succeeded by Margit Fischer
Personal details
Born Margot Löffler
(1954-04-03) April 3, 1954 (age 62)
Dobersberg, Lower Austria
Spouse(s) Thomas Klestil (1998–2004; his death)
Religion Roman Catholicism

Margot Klestil-Löffler (born 4 March 1954) is an Austrian diplomat, former First Lady of Austria from 1998 to 2004, and the widow of Thomas Klestil, the former federal president of Austria. She served as the Austrian Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2004 to 2009 and Ambassador to Russia 2009 to 2014.

Margot Löffler was born in Dobersberg, Lower Austria. Her parents, Karl Löffler and Gerda Löffler, were farmers. After her diplomatic career in Moscow and Bangkok, she joined Thomas Klestil's office, who was by that time general secretary in the Austrian ministry of foreign affairs. When Thomas Klestil ran for the presidency in 1992, she was managing his election campaign.

During his first term of office, it became public that they had a love affair. Thomas Klestil divorced his first wife Edith[1] and married Margot Löffler on 23 December 1998. She became the country's first lady, but continued her job in the foreign ministry, which led to the strange situation that she was ranking higher than her former boss, foreign minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on state visits or other official occasions.

When Thomas Klestil died in office on 6 July 2004, both his wives attended the funeral service held in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, welcomed Edith Klestil first.[2]

After her husband's death on 6 July 2004, she was appointed Austrian ambassador to the Czech Republic. From December 2009 to December 2014, she was Austrian ambassador to the Russian Federation.

Klestil-Löffler made headlines during the 2014 Sochi winter games when she tried to take a family of Puppies from America's silver medalist Gus Kenworthy.

Mrs Klestil-Löffler speaks German, English, French, Russian and Czech.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ottaway, David B. (Feb 2, 1994). "Blues on the Danube: A Modern Austrian Operetta in Three-Part Disharmony". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. p. a.13. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Senta Ziegler: "Österreichs First Ladies". Vienna. Ueberreuter 1999 ISBN 3-8000-3719-X