Prince Siegfried von Clary-Aldringen

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Siegfried Fürst von Clary und Aldringen
Siegfried Clary Aldringen 1902 Adele.jpg
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Württemberg
In office
6 June 1897 – 13 November 1899
Preceded by Stephan Burián von Rajecz
Succeeded by Alfons Freiherr von Pereira-Arnstein
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Saxony
In office
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
In office
6 December 1902 – 28 August 1914
Preceded by Josef Graf Wodzicki von Granow
Succeeded by None
Personal details
Born (1848-10-14)14 October 1848
Teplitz, Austria-Hungary (now Czech Republic)
Died 11 February 1929(1929-02-11) (aged 80)
Teplice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Spouse(s) Therese, née Gräfin Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (1867–1943)

Siegfried (Franz Johann Carl) Graf (from 1920, Fürst) von Clary und Aldringen (14 October 1848 – 11 February 1929) was an Austro-Hungarian diplomat during the time before World War I.


Countess Clary Aldringen (Therese Kinsky), John Singer Sargent, 1896

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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


  1. ^ Clary u. Aldringen
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stephan Burián von Rajecz
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Württemberg
Succeeded by
Alfons Freiherr von Pereira-Arnstein
Preceded by
Heinrich Graf von Lützow zu Drey-Lützow und Seedorf
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Saxony
Succeeded by
Ludwig Velics von Lászlófalva
Preceded by
Josef Graf Wodzicki von Granow
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Belgium
Succeeded by