Archduke Carl Christian of Austria

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Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
Born (1954-08-26) 26 August 1954 (age 62)
Château de Belœil, Belœil, Belgium
Spouse Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg (m. 1982)
Issue Marie Christine
Full name
German: Carl Christian Maria Anna Rudolph Anton Marcus d'Aviano
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria
Mother Princess Yolande de Ligne
Religion Roman Catholicism

Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (German: Carl Christian Maria Anna Rudolph Anton Marcus d'Aviano, Erzherzog und Prinz von Österreich, Prinz von Ungarn, Kroatien, und Böhmen[1][2]) (born 26 August 1954 at Château de Belœil in Belœil, Belgium[1][2]) is a member of the formerly ruling Austro-Hungaria House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

Austrian imperial family
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg

HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca

Belgian branch of Austria[edit]

Carl Christian is the third child of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria and his wife Princess Yolande de Ligne.[1][2] He was recognised and his children into the Belgian nobility, they all have Belgian nationality, the are considered together with Archduke Lorenz the founders of the Belgian branch of the Habsburg family. All their descedants are legally members of the Belgian nobility.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Carl Christian married his second cousin Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, eldest child and daughter of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and his wife Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, on 6 February 1982 in Luxembourg.[1][2] Carl Christian and Marie Astrid have issue:[1][2]

  • Archduchess Marie Christine (b. Brussels, 31 July 1983), married on 6 December 2008 in Mechelen, Belgium, to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (b. Uccle, 20 March 1979).[3] They have issue:
    • Count Léopold (b. 19 April 2011).
    • Count Constantin (b. 25 October 2013).
    • Count Gabriel (b. July 2016)
  • Archduke Imre (born 8 December 1985) married on 8 September 2012 Kathleen Elizabeth Walker (b. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 1986) in Washington, D.C..[4][5] The couple lives in Luxembourg, where Archduke Imre works for Ernst and Young,[6] they have issue:
    • Archduchess Maria Stella (b. 11 November 2013)[7]
    • Archduchess Magdalena (b. 24 February 2016)
  • Archduke Christoph (b. Geneva, 2 February 1988), who married Adélaïde Marie Béatrice Drapé-Frisch (b. Lilas, 4 September 1989) on 28 December (civil) and 29 December 2012 (religious) in the Basilica of Saint-Epvre, Nancy, France.[8] They have issue:
    • Archduchess Katarina (b. 22 December 2014)[9]
  • Archduke Alexander (b. Meyrin, 26 September 1990).
  • Archduchess Gabriella (b. Geneva, 26 March 1994).

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 9 May 1977 - 28 May 1978: His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke and Prince Carl Christian of Austria, Prince of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia (Traditional title: Austria legally abolished its nobility and banned noble titles in 1919).
  • 29 May 1978 – present: His Serene Highness Prince Carl Christian de Habsburg-Lorraine.[10]
  • 1983-Present: HSH Prince de Habsburg-Lorraine: Incorporated into the Belgian Nobility, by King Baudouin.


Foreign honours[edit]

Dynastic honours[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e Darryl Lundy (1 May 2005). "Karl Christian Erzherzog von Österreich". Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Paul Theroff. "AUSTRIA: House of Habsburg-Lothringen". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  3. ^ Paul Theroff's Royal News of 2008[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Lux-arazzi, Archduke "marries American"
  5. ^ (German), Photos from the wedding
  6. ^ "An Archduchess Among Us". Northern Kentucky University. 
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  10. ^ de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 738-742, 748-749, 756-759 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  11. ^ Royalement Blog, Bal in the early 1980s, Photos of Carl Christian & Nikolaus wearing the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  12. ^ a b Noblesse et Royautés, Guillaume of Luxembourg's wedding : gala dinner, 2012, Photo Archived March 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. of Carl Christian & Marie-Astrid