Archduke Karl Ludwig
History's Prince Karl.jpg
Biographical Information
Real Name: Karl Ludwig Joseph Maria
Title: Archduke Karl Ludwig Joseph Maria of Austria
Born: 30 July 1833
Death: 19 May 1896
Age: 62
Religion: Roman Catholic
Parents: Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Empress Sophia

Siblings: Emperor Franz

Maximilian I of Mexico
Archduchess Maria Anna
Archduke Ludwig Viktor

Wife: Margarete of Saxony

Maria Annunciata of the Two Sicilies
Maria Theresa of Portugal

Children: Archduke Franz Ferdinand

Archduke Otto Franz
Archduke Ferdinand Karl
Archduchess Margarete
Archduchess Maria
Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie

TV Character Information
First appearance: Sissi Gets Her Way
Portrays: Prince Karl

Archduke Karl Ludwig Joseph Maria of Austria was the younger brother of Emperor Franz of Austria, the father of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination ignited World War I, and grandfather of the last emperor, Charles I.

Childhood[edit | edit source]

He was born in Vienna,Austria the son of Archduke Franz Karl and his wife, Empress Sophia .

His mother ensured he was raised a devout Roman Catholic by the Vienna Prince-archbishop Joseph Othmar Rauscher, a conviction that evolved into religious mania in his later years.

Life[edit | edit source]

Though not interested in politics, the 20-year-old joined the Galician government of Count Agenor Romuald Gołuchowski and in 1855 accepted his appointment as Tyrolean stadtholder in Innsbruck, where he took his residence at Ambras Castle. However, he found his authority to exert power restricted by the Austrian cabinet of his cousins. He finally laid down the office upon the issue of the 1861 for a life as patron of the arts and sciences.

As the eldest surviving brother of Emperor Franz, Karl Ludwig, after the death of his nephew Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889, became heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Karl Ludwig married three times.

His first wife, whom he married on 4 November 1856 at Dresden, was his first cousin Margaretha of Saxony, the daughter of Johann of Saxony and Amalie Auguste. She died on 15 September 1858 and they had no children.

His second wife, whom he married by proxy on 16 October 1862 at Rome, and in person on 21 October 1862 at Venice, was Princess Maria Annunciata, daughter of Ferdinand I and Maria Theresa of Austria. They had four children:

His third wife, whom he married on 23 July 1873 at Kleinheubach, was Maria Theresa of Portugal, daughter of Miguel I of Portugal They had two daughters:

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Was born Archduke Karl Ludwig Joseph Maria of Austria.

TV Comparison[edit | edit source]

Family Tree[edit | edit source]

Family Tree[edit source]

Archduke Franz Karl
Princess Sophie
Franz Joseph
Princess Sissi
Maximilian I of Mexico
Princess Maria Annunciata
Archduke Karl Ludwig
Maria Theresa
Archduchess Maria Anna
Archduke Ludwig Viktor
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Archduke Otto
Archduke Ferdinand Karl
Archduchess Margarete Sophie
Archduchess Maria Annunciata
Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie
Archduchess Sophie
Archduchess Gisela
Archduke Rudolf
Archduchess Marie-Valerie

References[edit | edit source]

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