Monika von Habsburg

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Monika von Habsburg
Duchess de Santangelo
Born (1954-09-13) 13 September 1954 (age 63)
Würzburg, Germany
Spouse Luis de Casanova-Cárdenas y Barón, 5th Duke de Santangelo
Issue Baltasar de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena, 23rd Marquès de Elche
Gabriel de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena
Rafael de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena
Santiago de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena
Full name
Monika Maria Roberta Antonia Raphaela
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Otto, Crown Prince of Austria
Mother Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
Austrian imperial family
Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria (1815).svg

HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca



Monika von Habsburg (née Monika Maria Roberta Antonia Raphaela Habsburg-Lothringen)[1], Duchess de Santangelo (born 13 September 1954, in Würzburg), the daughter of Otto von Habsburg and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Monika von Habsburg was born in Würzburg, Bavaria, the second child of Otto von Habsburg, the crown prince of Austria, and his wife, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen. She is the older twin sister of Michaela von Habsburg,[1] she was raised at her parents' home in exile, Villa Austria, in Pöcking, Bavaria.

She is a grand-daughter of the last Austrian emperor, Charles I. However, she does not use her ancestral titles as a member of the House of Habsburg, since the use of such titles is illegal in Hungary and Austria.[3]

Marriage[edit]

Monika von Habsburg married a Spanish grandee, Don Luis María Gonzaga de Casanova-Cárdenas y Barón, Duke de Santangelo (and Duque de Maqueda,[4] until that grandeeship was successfully claimed by his eldest sister in 2005), only son of Balthasar de Casanova-Cárdenas y de Ferrer and María de los Dolores Barón y Osorio de Moscoso, Duchess de Maqueda, on 21 June 1980 in Pöcking, Germany.[5] A farmer and business executive,[5] he and Monika raised their children in the old Moorish castle of La Rápita in Vallfogona de Balaguer, in the Catalan province of Lleida, Spain.[5] Fifth cousins-once-removed through descent from daughters of Francis I of Bourbon, King of the Two Sicilies, the couple have been active in the civic and charitable activities of the regional Spanish chivalric orders of the Real Cuerpo de la Nobleza de Cataluña and the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Valencia.[5] They have four sons:[5]

  • Baltasar Carlos de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena, 23rd Marqués de Elche (b. 17 August 1981)
  • Gabriel Maria de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (b. 23 March 1983)
  • Rafael Maria de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (b. 18 August 1986)
  • Santiago de Casanova y Habsburgo-Lorena (b. 26 April 1993)

Titles, styles and honours[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 13 September 1954 - 21 June 1980: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Monika of Austria
  • 21 June 1980 - 31 October 1989: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Monika of Austria, Hereditary Duchess of Santángelo and of Maqueda, Marchioness of Elche
  • 31 October 1989 - 20 March 2005: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Monika of Austria, Duchess de Santángelo and de Maqueda, Countess de Valhermoso, Countess de Lodosa, Baroness de Liñola
  • 20 March 2005 – Present: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Monika of Austria, Duchess de Santángelo, Countess de Valhermoso, Countess de Lodosa[4]

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