Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, The Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg (1922-2011)

Princess Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anna Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Luise, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, Duchess of Hohenberg was born 22 December 1922 at Berg Castle the  daughter of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. She was the second child to Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix, the first being Grand Duke Jean (father of the present Grand Duke). She had three younger sisters and a younger brother-Marie Adalaide (1924-2007),  Marie Gabriele (1925- ), Charles (1927-1977), Alix (1929- ).

To mark her birth, Luxembourg issued a stamp as a souvenir sheet, the world's first such miniature sheet in 1923.

She married Franz Ferdinand, Duke of Hohenberg on 9 May 1956. They had two daughters:


  1. HSH Princess Anita of Hohenberg who was born 18 August 1958 at Berg Castle. She married in 1978to Romée de La Poëze Comte d'Harambure, they were divorced 1998. She remarried in 2005 Graf Andreas von Bardeau.
  2. HSH Princess Sophie of Hohenberg was born 10 May 1960 at Berg Castle. She married in  1983 to Jean-Louis de Potesta.
The funeral will take place in Artstetten in Austria, where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was buried. In Luxembourg, later a Mass dedicated to the memory of the princess.

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