Friday, July 26, 2019

Archduke Franz Ferdinand's Grandson, Georg Friedrich of Hohenberg, Has Passed Away

Duke Georg Friedrich of Hohenberg
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Duke Georg Friedrich of Hohenberg has passed away at the age of ninety. He was a grandson of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (1863-1914) and Duchess Sophie of Hohenberg (1868-1914; née Chotek von Chotkowa). Georg Friedrich's death was announced on 26 July 2019 by his youngest son Maximilian.

Duke Maximilian and Duchess Elisabeth of Hohenberg
Georg Friedrich Maximilian Jaroslav Petrus Canisius Markus Hubertus, Duke of Hohenberg, was born on 25 April 1929 at Artstetten as the second child and second son of Duke Maximilian of Hohenberg (1902-1962) and Countess Elisabeth von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee (1904-1993). Duke Maximilian of Hohenberg, Georg Friedrich's father, was the second child and first son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. Georg Friedrich had one older brother, Franz Ferdinand (1927-1977; married to Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg), and four younger siblings: Albrecht (b.1931), Johannes (1933-2003), Peter (1936-2017), and Gerhard (1941-2019).

Duke Georg Friedrich of Hohenberg
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In 1960, Duke Georg Friedrich of Hohenberg married Princess Eleonore of Auersperg-Breunner (b.1928). The couple have three children: Duke Nikolaus (b.1961), Princess Henriette (b.1962), and Prince Maximilian (b.1970). The eldest son of the deceased, Nikolaus, who is married to Countess Marie Elisabeth von Westphalen zu Fürstenberg (b.1963), will now become the head of the Ducal Family of Hohenberg.

Duke Nikolaus of Hohenberg, the eldest son of Georg Friedrich
Duke Nikolaus and Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Hohenberg with their children Karl, Johanna, Teresa, and Sophie
Prince Maximilian of Hohenberg, the youngest son of Georg Friedrich
Prince Maximilian and Princess Emilia of Hohenberg with their children Nikolaus, Luisa, and Leopold
Duke Georg Friedrich of Hohenberg found his calling as a diplomat. He was appointed as the Austrian Ambassador to several countries during his tenure. The duke's last post was as Ambassador of the Austrian Republic to the Vatican.


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