Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria

Josef Franz, Archduke of Austria, Prince of Hungary (Josef Franz Leopold Anton Ignatius Maria; 28 March 1895 25 September 1957), was the eldest son of Archduke Joseph August of Austria and Princess Auguste Maria of Bavaria. As his father was the last Palatine of Hungary and was briefly considered a possible King of Hungary in 1919–1920, Josef Franz was a potential crown prince of Hungary.

Archduke Josef Franz
Born(1895-03-28)28 March 1895
Brünn, Bohemia, Austrian Empire
Died25 September 1957(1957-09-25) (aged 62)
Carcavelos, Portugal
IssueArchduchess Margit, Princess of Monteleone
Archduchess Ilona
Archduchess Anna-Theresia
Archduke Joseph Árpád
Archduke István Dominik
Archduchess Maria Kynga
Archduke Géza
Archduke Michael
FatherArchduke Joseph August of Austria
MotherPrincess Auguste Maria of Bavaria

He was born during the reign of his maternal great-grandfather, Francis Joseph I of Austria, who was also his second cousin once removed on his father's side.

Marriage and issue

Styles of
Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria
Reference styleHis Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial and Royal Highness

On 4 October 1924, Archduke Josef Franz married Princess Anna of Saxony, a daughter of Friedrich August III of Saxony and Archduchess Luise, Princess of Tuscany.[1] Anna and Josef Francis had eight children:

  • Archduchess Margit of Austria (born 17 August 1925; died 3 May 1979) married, in August 1944, Alexander Cech (born 23 March 1913; died 30 June 2008) who styled himself Prince Erba-Odescalchi, Prince of Monteleone, and had one daughter]
  • Archduchess Ilona of Austria (20 April 1927 - 11 January 2011) married Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg
  • Archduchess Anna-Theresia (born 19 April 1929; died 28 November 1984)
  • Archduke Joseph Árpád of Austria (8 February 1932 – 30 April 2017), married Princess Maria von Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
  • Archduke István Dominik of Austria (1 July 1934 - 24 October 2011), married Maria Anderl
  • Archduchess Maria Kynga (born 27 August 1937), married, firstly, Ernst Kiss. She married, secondly, Joachim Krist on 30 March 1988.
  • Archduke Géza of Austria (born 14 November 1939), married Monika Decker
  • Archduke Michael of Austria (born 5 May 1942), married Princess Christiana of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (born 1940)

Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria died on 25 September 1957 in Carcavelos, Portugal



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