Prince Siegfried von Clary-Aldringen
|Siegfried Fürst von Clary und Aldringen|
|Austro-Hungarian Minister to Württemberg|
6 June 1897 – 13 November 1899
|Preceded by||Stephan Burián von Rajecz|
|Succeeded by||Alfons Freiherr von Pereira-Arnstein|
|Austro-Hungarian Minister to Saxony|
13 November 1899 – 6 December 1902
|Preceded by||Heinrich Graf von Lützow zu Drey-Lützow und Seedorf|
|Succeeded by||Ludwig Velics von Lászlófalva|
|Austro-Hungarian Minister to Belgium|
6 December 1902 – 28 August 1914
|Preceded by||Josef Graf Wodzicki von Granow|
14 October 1848|
Teplitz, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
|Died||11 February 1929
Teplice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
|Spouse(s)||Therese, née Gräfin Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (1867–1943)|
He was born in Teplitz (now Teplice) on 14 October 1848 into a prominent Bohemian noble family, the son of Prince Edmund Moritz and Princess Elisabeth-Alexandrine von Clary-und-Aldringen, (née Countess de Ficquelmont). In 1885, he married Therese (née Gräfin Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau) in Vienna. The couple had three children. His younger brother Manfred (1852–1928) served briefly as Minister-President of Austria in 1899.
Count von Clary-Aldringen entered the Austro-Hungarian foreign service in 1873 and served inter alia in Paris and St. Petersburg, following the path of his grandfather, Count Charles-Louis de Ficquelmont. In 1897, he was appointed Austro-Hungarian Minister at Stuttgart succeeding the future Imperial Foreign Minister Burián von Rajecz and then from 1899 at Dresden, two of the three missions that Austria-Hungary had in Germany other than Berlin (the third one was in Munich). Although mostly maintained due to the claims of tradition, these missions were popular postings due to personal comfort and convenience and particularly the post in Dresden was generally awarded to someone enjoying the special favour of Emperor Franz Joseph I.
In December 1902, Count von Clary-Aldringen was appointed to serve as Minister at Brussels and would remain there for eleven years until 1914. Acting as the doyen of the diplomatic corps in Brussels and personally popular, it fell upon him to deliver the declaration of war on 28 August. When leaving Brussels, he handed over the legation to the US minister in Belgium Brand Whitlock. He played no further role during the war.
In March 1920, he became the sixth Prince von Clary-Aldringen following his older brother's death and died in Teplitz on 11 February 1929.
- Regarding personal names: Fürst is a title, translated as 'Prince', not a first or middle name. The feminine form is Fürstin.
- See Also: Clary-Aldringen
- Clary u. Aldringen
- William D. Godsey, Aristocratic Redoubt: The Austro-Hungarian Foreign Office on the Eve of the First World War, West Lafayette, Purdue University Press, 1999, p. 186f.
- Brand Whitlock, Belgium. A Personal Narrative, New York, Appleton, 1919, p. 258.
- Helga Peham, Siegfried Graf Clary und Aldringen (1848-1929). Leben und Wirken eines österreichisch-ungarischen Diplomaten, Vienna, 1981.
Stephan Burián von Rajecz
|Austro-Hungarian Minister to Württemberg
Alfons Freiherr von Pereira-Arnstein
Heinrich Graf von Lützow zu Drey-Lützow und Seedorf
|Austro-Hungarian Minister to Saxony
Ludwig Velics von Lászlófalva
Josef Graf Wodzicki von Granow
|Austro-Hungarian Minister to Belgium