Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Hohenberg

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For the daughter of William IV, see Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg (1901–1950).
Princess Elisabeth
Dowager Duchess von Hohenberg
Born (1922-12-22)22 December 1922
Berg Castle, Luxembourg
Died 22 November 2011(2011-11-22) (aged 88)
Fischbach Castle, Fischbach, Luxembourg
Burial Artstetten Castle, Austria[1]
Spouse Franz, Duke von Hohenberg
Issue Princess Anita
Princess Sophie
Full name
Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anna Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Luise
Father Felix of Bourbon-Parma
Mother Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Princess Elisabeth, Duchess von Hohenberg (22 December 1922 – 22 November 2011) was a Luxembourgian princess, a daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma.[2] She was the sister of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and the aunt of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

To commemorate her birth, Luxembourg issued a stamp as a souvenir sheet the following year, the world's first such miniature sheet.[3]


Princess Elisabeth was born in Luxembourg on 22 December 1922.

Facing the German invasion in May 10, 1940 during World War II, the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg left the country to find refuge in Portugal. The Trenton cruiser sent by President Roosevelt, took her father Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma and his children to the American continent, while Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg headed for London. Forced to respect American impartiality, the Grand Ducal Family settled for Montreal, Canada.

With her father Prince Felix and her brother hereditary Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Princess Elisabeth regained London in 1942. With her sister Princess Marie Adelaide of Luxembourg, she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton, England.

After the war ended, the Grand Ducal Family regained the grand duchy.

Marriage and issue[edit]

She married Franz, Duke von Hohenberg (1927–1977) in Luxembourg on 9 May 1956.[2] He was a grandson of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria,[2] whose assassination in 1914 sparked World War I.

They had two children:[2]

  • Princess Anna (Anita) Charlotte Maximiliana Euphemia Maria Helena von Hohenberg (born 18 August 1958, Berg Castle), founder of a museum at Artstetten Castle which houses memorabilia related to her paternal grandfather,[2] married 1978 Romée de La Poëze, Count d'Harambure (divorced 1998). They have four children:[2]
    • Gaetan de la Poeze, Count d'Harambure (1980)
    • Alix de la Poeze d'Harambure (1981), married in 2010 to Francois-Xavier Fraye (1979):
      • Armel Fraye (2011)
      • Benedikt Fraye (2013)
    • Gabriel de la Poeze d'Harambure (1987)
    • Raoul de la Poeze d'Harambure (1989)

Anita married secondly in 2005 Count Andreas Ernestus von Bardeau (born 13 February 1957), a descendant of Caroline de Bourbon, Duchess of Berry.[2]

  • Princess Sophie Felicitas Elisabetha Bona Maria Antonia of Hohenberg (born 10 May 1960, Berg Castle), married 1983 Jean-Louis Marie René Ghislain de Potesta (born 8 February 1951). They have three children:[2]
    • Eleonore de Potesta (1984), married in 2012 to Diego Fernández de Cordova y Cervero (1979):
      • Rafael Fernández de Córdova y de Potesta (2013)
    • Charles de Potesta (1985)
    • Elizabeth de Potesta (1988)

Final years[edit]

Princess Elisabeth returned to Luxembourg after her husband's death in 1977. In 1983 she inherited Artstbetetten Castle, which she ceded that year to her oldest daughter, Anita de La Poëze d´Harambure. Following the death of her mother Grand Duchess Charlotte, in 1985, she moved to Wasserhaf, near Fischbach Castle. Between 1980 and 1990, she participated in Luxembourgian official ceremonies. Towards the end of her life, she resided at Fischbach Castle with her older brother, Grand Duke Jean.

She died at Fischbach Castle on 22 November 2011 aged 88, following a stroke in 2010. She was cremated and buried next to her husband in a crypt at Artstetten Castle.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 22 December 1922 – 9 May 1956 : Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 9 May 1956 – 8 January 1962 Her Royal Highness Princess Elisabeth von Hohenberg
  • 8 January 1962 – 16 August 1977 Her Royal Highness Elisabeth, Duchess von Hohenberg
  • 16 August 1977 – 22 November 2011: Her Royal Highness Elisabeth, Dowager Duchess von Hohenberg, Princess of Luxembourg


Styles of
Duchess Elisabeth of Hohenberg
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am


  1. ^ Place of burial
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 55-56, 59, 426, 479-480, 489 (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X
  3. ^ Refreshercourse

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