|Princess Hildegard of Bavaria|
At the age of nineteen in 1844, Hildegard of Bavaria was married in Munich to Archduke Albrecht of Austria, who succeeded as Duke of Teschen upon the death of his father Archduke Karl three years later. In a diary entry on May 24, 1844, the soon-to-be Emperor Franz Joseph I penned his impression of Hildegard: "I like her well, she is pretty, has big cheeks, a very pretty figure, and is quite amiable."
|Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen|
Archduke Albrecht and Archduchess Hildegard had three children during the course of their marriage: Maria Theresa (1845-1927), Karl Albrecht (1847-1848) and Mathilde (1849-1867). Archduke Karl Albrecht died of smallpox as an infant. Archduchess Mathilde perished in an unfortunate incident: looking forward to a night at the theatre, she lit a cigarette, but upon noticing her father approaching, she hid the cigarette behind her gauze dress. [It should be noted that Archduke Albrecht had forbidden smoking in his presence]. Mathilde's outfit caught fire quickly, and she passed away as a result of the burns she suffered.
|Archduchess Mathilde of Austria|
Only the eldest child of Albrecht and Hildegard married. Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria became the wife of Duke Philipp of Württemberg in 1865. Philipp and Maria Theresa are the ancestors of the current members of the Royal House of Württemberg.
|Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria|
|Duke Philipp of Württemberg|
Archduchess Hildegard was a close friend and trusted confidante of Empress Elisabeth, her cousin.