Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria

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Archduke Leopold Franz
Head of the House of Habsburg-Tuscany
Reign21 January 1984 - 18 June 1993
PredecessorArchduke Gottfried
SuccessorArchduke Sigismund
Born (1942-10-25) 25 October 1942 (age 76)
Schloss Leutstetten, Starnberg, Bavaria, Nazi Germany
Princess Laetitia d'Arenberg
(m. 1965; div. 1981)

Marta Perez Valverde
(m. 1993; div. 1998)
IssueArchduke Sigismund, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Archduke Guntram
Full name
German: Leopold Franz Peter Ferdinand Maria Joseph Gottfried Georg Karl Otto Rudolf Michael
FatherArchduke Gottfried of Austria
MotherPrincess Dorothea of Bavaria

Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria (German: Leopold Franz Peter Ferdinand Maria Joseph Gottfried Georg Karl Otto Rudolf Michael, Erzherzog von Österreich, Prinz von Toskana[1][2]) (born 25 October 1942 at Schloss Leutstetten in Starnberg, Bavaria, Nazi Germany[1][2]) was a member of the Tuscan line of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and Archduke and Prince of Austria, Prince of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany by birth. Leopold Franz was the titular Grand Duke of Tuscany from 21 January 1984 to 18 June 1993.


Leopold Franz was the third eldest child and only son[1][2] of Archduke Gottfried of Austria and his wife Princess Dorothea of Bavaria.[1][2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Leopold Franz married Laetitia de Belzunce d'Arenberg, eldest child and only daughter of Henri de Belzunce, marquis de Belzunce, a French nobleman, and his wife Marie-Thérèse de la Poëze d'Harambure, civilly on 19 June 1965 in St. Gilgen and religiously on 28 July 1965 in Menetou-Salon.[1][2] Leopold Franz and Laetitia had two children together:[1][2]

Leopold Franz and Laetitia divorced on 21 May 1981.[1][2]

He married for a second time on 18 June 1993 to Marta Julia Perez Valverde (born 13 March 1947 in San Salvador de Jujuy), an Argentinian-born[1] Viennese psychoanalyst, thereby renouncing his rights to the titular Grand Ducal throne of Tuscany in favor of his elder son Sigismund, the current head of the House of Habsburg-Tuscany.[1][2] Leopold Franz and Marta divorced in 1998.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Darryl Lundy (10 May 2003). "Leopold Franz Erzherzog von Österreich". Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paul Theroff. "TUSCANY". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Archived from the original on April 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 25 October 1942
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Archduke Gottfried
Grand Duke of Tuscany
21 January 1984 - 18 June 1993
Reason for succession failure:
Italian Unification under the House of Savoy
Succeeded by
Archduke Sigismund