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Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Margherita
Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
Margherita of Savoy-Aosta Epoca 1953.jpg
Princess Margherita on 30 August 1953 cover of Epoca
Born (1930-04-07) 7 April 1930 (age 88)
Palace of Capodimonte, Naples, Kingdom of Italy
Spouse
Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este
(m. 1953; died 1996)
IssueArchduchess Maria Beatrice
Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
Archduke Gerhard
Archduke Martin
Archduchess Isabella
Full name
Margherita Isabella Maria Vittoria Emanuela Elena Gennara
HouseSavoy-Aosta
FatherAmedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta
MotherPrincess Anne d'Orléans
Italian royal family
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HRH The Duke of Aosta
HRH The Duchess of Aosta


HI&RH The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
HRH Princess Maria Cristina

Austrian imperial family
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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.[1]

Biography

Marriage and issue

Margherita's family announced her engagement to Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este on 20 October 1953.[1] They married on 29 December 1953 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France (civilly) and 29 December 1953 (religiously), in Brou, France.[2][3] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[3]

The couple took up residence in Paris, where Robert was a bank clerk.[3] They had five children:

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ a b "Italian Princess Engaged", The New York Times, Lyon, France, 21 October 1953
  2. ^ a b c "Italian Princess Wed to Archduke", The New York Times, Lyon, France, 29 December 1953
  3. ^ a b c "Royal Church Nuptials", The New York Times, Bourg-En-Bresse, France, 30 December 1953