Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
|Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia and Lodomeria|
|Consort of the Head of the |
House of Habsburg-Lorraine
|Tenure||10 May 1951 – 1 January 2007|
|Predecessor||Zita of Bourbon-Parma|
|Born||6 January 1925|
Würzburg, Weimar Republic
|Died||3 February 2010 (aged 85)|
|Burial||1) 10 February 2010, Heldburg Fortress|
Otto, Crown Prince of Austria (m. 1951)
|Archduchess Andrea, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg|
Archduchess Monika, Duchess of Santangelo
|Father||Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen|
|Mother||Countess Klara Marie von Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock|
Archduchess Regina, Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia (6 January 1925 – 3 February 2010) née Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen (Regina Helene Elizabeth Margarete Prinzessin von Sachsen-Meiningen) was a member of the House of Wettin.
Crown Princess Regina of Austria
|Reference style||Her Imperial and Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial and Royal Highness|
She was born in Würzburg, the youngest of four children born to the marriage of Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen and Countess Klara Marie von Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock. Regina was the only one of her siblings to have children: of her two older brothers, Anton Ulrich died aged twenty, killed in action during World War II, and Frederick Alfred became a Carthusian monk who renounced his succession rights. Her only sister, Marie Elisabeth, died aged three months in 1923, before Regina's birth.
Although the Saxe-Meiningen dynasty was Protestant, she was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of her mother. Regina grew up in the Veste Heldburg which overlooks the Heldburger Land in south Thuringia. Her father, a judge in Meiningen and Hildburghausen, died a captive at the Soviet POW camp at Tschernpowetz on her 21st birthday in 1946. Her mother had fled with her to West Germany. There, while working at a Caritas home for Hungarian refugees, Regina met her future husband.
On 10 May 1951 she married Otto von Habsburg, eldest son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and former crown prince, in the Church of Saint-François-des-Cordeliers in Nancy, capital city of Lorraine, her husband's paternal ancestral lands, with the blessing of Pope Pius XII. After her marriage she used the names Regina, Crown Princess of Austria or Regina von Habsburg. From 10 May 1954 until her death Regina and Otto lived together at his official residence in the Villa Austria, also called the Kaiservilla, in Pöcking near Lake Starnberg.
Regina held several chivalric orders, including Dame and Supreme Protectress of the Order of the Starry Cross, Grand Mistress of the Order of Saint Elizabeth, Dame Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
On 2 December 2005 she suffered a brain injury and was taken to a hospital in Nancy. Nevertheless, by 22 February 2006 she had recovered sufficiently to participate in the transfer of the remains of her mother and her brother, Anton Ulrich, to the vault of the Veste Heldburg in the churchyard of Heldburg. The transfer of the remains of her father thither from Tschernpowetz took place in the spring of 2007.
Regina died in Pöcking on 3 February 2010, aged 85, and was entombed at Veste Heldburg on 10 February. Her remains, except for her heart, were moved to Mariazell and then to the Kaisergruft in Vienna at the time of her husband's funeral on 16 July 2011.
Regina and Otto had seven children; two sons and five daughters:
- Andrea von Habsburg (born 30 May 1953 (age 66)), married Hereditary Count Karl Eugen von Neipperg (born 20 October 1951 in Schwaigern), son of Count Josef von Neipperg and Countess Maria von Ledebur-Wicheln. They have three sons and two daughters.
- Monika von Habsburg (born 13 September 1954 ), married Luis María Gonzaga de Casanova-Cárdenas y Barón, Duke of Santangelo and Grandee of Spain (born 24 April 1950 in Madrid), son of Balthasar de Casanova-Cárdenas y de Ferrer and María de los Dolores Barón y Osorio de Moscoso, Duchess de Maqueda, a descendant of Infanta Luisa Teresa of Spain, Duchess of Sessa and sister of Francis, King-Consort of Spain. They have four sons.
- Michaela von Habsburg (born 13 September 1954 ), married firstly Eric Alba-Teran d'Antin (21 May 1920 in Mexico City – 9 July 2004 in New York Mills), and secondly Count Hubertus von Kageneck (born 10 August 1940 in Wittlich), son of Count Franz Joseph von Kageneck and Princess Elisabeth Maria of Bavaria. Twice divorced. She has two sons and one daughter from her first marriage.
- Gabriela von Habsburg (born 14 October 1956 ), married Christian Meister (born 1 September 1954 in Starnberg), son of Karl Meister and Johanna Sponheim. Divorced in 1997. They have one son and two daughters.
- Walburga von Habsburg (born 5 October 1958 ), married Count Archibald Douglas (born 27 November 1949 in Stockholm), son of Count Archibald Douglas and Margareta Lagerfelt. They have one son
- Karl von Habsburg (born 11 January 1961 ), married Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza (born 7 June 1958 in Lausanne), daughter of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fiona Frances Elaine Campbell-Walter. They have one son and two daughters.
- Georg von Habsburg (born 16 December 1964 ), married Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg (born 22 August 1972 in Bad Segeberg), daughter of Duke Johann of Oldenburg and Countess Ilka of Ortenburg. They have one son and two daughters.
|Ancestors of Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen|
- Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 43, 49, 173, 373. French.
- Her marital and birth titles were not recognized in the Austrian Republic, however, in Germany, where she was born and resided most of her life, former hereditary titles are legally incorporated in the surname.
- "Archduke Otto Married to German Princess In Church and Civil Rites in Nancy, France", The New York Times, Nancy, France, 11 May 1951
- Main Post, February 8, 2010
- "Regina von Habsburg tritt ihre letzte Reise an". Mainpost.de. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- "'Puttis' Herz bleibt in Heldburg". Insuedthueringen.de. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
Cadet branch of the House of WettinBorn: 6 January 1925 Died: 3 February 2010
|Titles in pretence|
Title last held byPrincess Zita of Bourbon-Parma
|— TITULAR —
Empress Consort of Austria
Queen Consort of Hungary and Bohemia
10 May 1951 – 3 February 2010
Title next held byBaroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza