Archduke Carl Christian of Austria

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Archduke Carl Christian
Born (1954-08-26) 26 August 1954 (age 64)
Château de Belœil, Belœil, Belgium
IssueArchduchess Marie Christine, Countess of Limburg-Stirum
Archduke Imre
Archduke Christoph
Archduke Alexander
Archduchess Gabriella
Full name
German: Carl Christian Maria Anna Rudolph Anton Marcus d'Aviano
FatherArchduke Carl Ludwig of Austria
MotherPrincess Yolande de Ligne
ReligionRoman 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; born 26 August 1954 at Château de Belœil in Belœil, Belgium)[1][2] is a Belgian aristocrat and a member of the formerly ruling Austro-Hungarian House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He is the third child of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria and his wife, Princess Yolande de Ligne.[1][2]

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

Belgian branch of the Habsburg family[edit]

In 1983, Carl Christian, along with his children, were incorporated by King Baudouin into the Belgian nobility with the title and style of HSH Prince/sse de Habsbourg-Lorraine. To this day, they are considered, together with his cousin Archduke Lorenz and his brother Archduke Rudolf, the founders of the Belgian branch of the Habsburg imperial family.

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]

They have five children:[1][2]

  • Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria (b. Brussels, 31 July 1983), Countess of Limburg-Stirum after her marriage on 6 December 2008 in Mechelen, Belgium, to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (b. Uccle, 20 March 1979).[3] They have three sons:
    • Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (b. 19 April 2011).
    • Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (b. 25 October 2013).
    • Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (b. 2016).
  • Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. 8 December 1985), married on 8 September 2012 Kathleen Elizabeth Walker (b. 17 April 1986) in Washington, DC.[4][5] They have three daughters:
    • Archduchess Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (b. 11 November 2013).[6]
    • Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (b. 24 February 2016).[7]
    • Archduchess Juliana of Austria (b. 14 October 2018).
  • Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. Geneva, 2 February 1988), married Adélaïde Marie Béatrice Drapé-Frisch (b. 4 September 1989) on 28 December 2012 (civil ceremony) and 29 December 2012 (religious ceremony). They have two daughters:
    • Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (b. 22 December 2014).[8]
    • Archduchess Sophia of Austria (30 August 2017).
  • Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. Meyrin, 26 September 1990).
  • Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine Charlotte of Austria (b. Geneva, 26 March 1994), engaged on 22 October 2017 to her second cousin, Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma (born Roskilde, 14 October 1991).[9] They have a daughter:
    • Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia de Bourbon de Parme (born 30 October 2017)[10][9]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 26 August 1954 – present: 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)
    • in Belgium: 1983 – present: His Serene Highness Prince Charles Christian of Habsbourg-Lorraine[11]


Foreign honours
Dynastic honours



  1. ^ a b c d Darryl Lundy (1 May 2005). "Karl Christian Erzherzog von Österreich". Retrieved 2008-12-06.
  2. ^ a b c d 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
  4. ^ Lux-arazzi, Archduke "marries American"
  5. ^ (German), Photos from the wedding
  6. ^ Royal Mussings
  7. ^ Royal Mussings
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-10. Retrieved 2015-01-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ a b Beeche, Arturo (2017). "Eurohistory: The European Royal History Journal". 20.4. California, US: Kensington House Books: 48.
  10. ^ "Der erste Große Auftritt". Luxemburger Wort. 20 December 2017. Archived from the original on 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Royalement Blog, Bal in the early 1980s, Photos of Carl Christian & Nikolaus wearing the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
  13. ^ 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