Sunday, May 23, 2021

The 80th Birthday of Margravine Valerie of Baden

Max and Valerie of Baden at the memorial service of Kraft of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 2004.

Today, Margravine Valerie of Baden celebrates her eightieth birthday!

Princess Rosemary zu Salm-Salm and Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria.

Born on 23 May 1941 at Vienna, Archduchess Valerie Isabelle Marie Anna Alfonsa Desideria Brigitte Sophia Thomasia Huberta Josepha Ignatia of Austria was the ninth child and seventh daughter of Archduke Hubert Salvator of Austria (1894-1971) and his wife Princess Rosemary zu Salm-Salm (1904-2001), who married in 1926. Valerie had twelve siblings: Archduke Friedrich (1927-1999; married Countess Margarete Kálnoky von Köröspatak), Archduchess Agnes (1928-2007; married Prince Karl Alfred of Liechtenstein), Archduchess Maria Margaretha (b.1930), Archduchess Maria Roland (1931-1999), Archduchess Elisabeth (1935-1998; married Prince Heinrich von Auersperg), Archduke Andreas Salvator (b.1936; married and divorced Maria Espinosa de los Monteros y Rosillo; married Countess Valerie Podstatzky-Lichtenstein), Archduchess Josepha (b.1937; married Count Clemens von Waldstein), Archduchess Maria Alberta (b.1944; married Baron Alexander von Kottwitz-Erdödy), Archduke Markus (b.1946; married Hildegard Jungmayr), Archduke Johann (b.1947; married Annemarie Stummer), and Archduke Michael (b.1949; married Eva-Antonia von Hofmann). 

Archduchess Valerie of Austria and Margrave Max of Baden, 1966.
On 23 September 1966 at Salem, Archduchess Valerie of Austria civilly married Margrave Maximilian "Max" of Baden (b.Salem 3 July 1933). The couple celebrated their religious wedding on 30 September 1966 at Schloß Salem. Max was the second child and eldest son of Margrave Berthold of Baden (1903-1963) and Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (1906-1969). Margrave Max of Baden is a nephew of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden, 1987.
Photograph (c) Getty Images / Slim Aarons.

Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden have four children: Princess Marie Louise (b.1969; married Richard Baker), Hereditary Prince Bernhard (b.1970; married Stephanie Anne Kaul), Prince Leopold (b.1971), and Prince Michael (b.1976; married Christina Höhne). Max and Valerie of Baden have four grandchildren. 

Valerie and Max of Baden at the wedding of Hereditary Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, 2003.

Many happy returns of the day to Margravine Valerie of Baden!

Valerie and Max of Baden in the 1960s.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.

The Margrave and Margravine of Baden with Duchess Donata of Oldenburg at the wedding of Duke Paul of Oldenburg in 2001.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.
Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, Queen Sofía of Spain, and Margravine Valerie of Baden at the wedding of Hereditary Prince Bernhard of Baden, 2001.
Photograph (c) Seeger-Presse.

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