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|Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este|
Princess Margherita on 30 August 1953 cover of Epoca
|Born||7 April 1930|
Palace of Capodimonte, Naples, Kingdom of Italy
Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este
(m. 1953; died 1996)
|Issue||Archduchess Maria Beatrice|
Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
|Father||Amedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta|
|Mother||Princess Anne d'Orléans|
|Italian royal family|
HRH The Duke of Aosta
|Austrian imperial family|
Margherita, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este (née Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta; born 7 April 1930) is the first-born child of the late Amedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta and Princess Anne d'Orléans.
Margherita's family announced her engagement to Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este on 20 October 1953. They married on 29 December 1953 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France (civilly) and 29 December 1953 (religiously), in Brou, France. He was the second son of former Emperor Charles I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma. Robert was 38, and Margherita was 23. As the royal couple arrived for the first ceremony, hundreds of Austrians and Italians stood outside the town hall where the marriage was held. The wedding was also attended by former King Umberto II of Italy and Robert's older brother Otto of Habsburg, the claimant to the Austrian throne. At six feet tall, Margherita was, according to some witnesses, an impressive sight. She wore an ivory gown made out of satin with a long train hung from a diamond tiara.
The couple took up residence in Paris, where Robert was a bank clerk. They had five children:
|Ancestors of Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este|