Margot Klestil-Löffler in 2004
|Ambassador of Austria to the Russian Federation|
December 2009 – December 2014
|Preceded by||Martin Vukovich|
|Succeeded by||Emil Brix|
|Ambassador of Austria to the Czech Republic|
|Preceded by||Klas Daublebsky|
|Succeeded by||Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff|
|First Lady of Austria|
December 23, 1998 – July 6, 2004
|Preceded by||Edith Klestil|
|Succeeded by||Margit Fischer|
April 3, 1954
Dobersberg, Lower Austria
|Spouse(s)||Thomas Klestil (1998–2004; his death)|
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 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.
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.
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- Senta Ziegler: "Österreichs First Ladies". Vienna. Ueberreuter 1999 ISBN 3-8000-3719-X
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