Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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]

Princess Margherita
Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este
Princess Margherita on 30 August 1953 cover of Epoca
Born (1930-04-07) 7 April 1930
Palace of Capodimonte, Naples, Kingdom of Italy
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
FatherAmedeo, 3rd Duke of Aosta
MotherPrincess Anne d'Orléans
Italian royal family

HRH The Duke of Aosta
HRH The Duchess of Aosta

  • HRH The Duke of Apulia
    HRH The Duchess of Apulia
    • HRH The Prince of Piedmont
    • HRH The Duke of the Abruzzi
    • HRH Princess Isabella
  • HRH Princess Bianca, Countess Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga
  • HRH Princess Mafalda, Baroness Lombardo di San Chirico

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

Austrian imperial family

HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca


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:

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles

  • 7 April 1930 – 29 December 1953: Her Royal Highness Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta
  • 29 December 1953 – 7 February 1996: Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Archduchess of Austria-Este
  • 7 February 1996 – present: Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este




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