Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria

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Ferdinand Burg
Ferdinand Karl Austria 1868 1915 photo1901.jpg
Born(1868-12-27)27 December 1868
Died12 March 1915(1915-03-12) (aged 46)
SpouseBertha Czuber
FatherArchduke Karl Ludwig of Austria
MotherPrincess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria, later known as Ferdinand Burg (Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Johann Maria; Vienna, 27 December 1868 – Munich, 12 March 1915)

He was the third son of Archduke Charles Louis of Austria and Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 launched World War I, was his elder brother.

He was a major-general in the Austrian Army.

Ferdinand Karl and his wife Bertha Czuber (1910)

Like his brother, in 1909 he concluded an unequal marriage with Bertha Czuber (1879–1979), daughter of Emanuel Czuber. Unlike his brother, he did so without the emperor's knowledge or consent, having eloped two years before the marriage was revealed publicly.

On 6 August 1911 he renounced his rights and titles as a dynast of the House of Habsburg and assumed the name of "Ferdinand Burg",[1] at the demand of Emperor Franz Joseph. Henceforth he absented himself from the Viennese court and lived in Tyrol.

By then Ferdinand Karl was suffering from tuberculosis, of which he died in 1915. He and his wife had no children.


Austrian decorations[2]
Foreign decorations[2]


  1. ^ C.E.D.R.E., *L'Empire d'Autriche*, Volume II, 1991, p. 197 (French)
  2. ^ a b Hof- und Staatshandbuch der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie (1911), Genealogy p. 3
  3. ^ "Toison Autrichienne (Austrian Fleece) - 19th century" (in French), Chevaliers de la Toison D'or. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  4. ^ "Latest intelligence - The German Emperor". The Times (36621). London. 25 November 1901. p. 6.