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Archduke Leo Karl
(in the Polish Army uniform).
Born(1893-07-05)5 July 1893
Pula, Austria-Hungary
Died28 April 1939(1939-04-28) (aged 45)
Bestwina, Poland
Burial
Local cemetery in Bestwina
SpouseMaria-Klothilde von Thuillières
IssueCountess Maria Desiderata of Habsburg
Countess Mechtildis of Habsburg
Countess Elizabeth of Habsburg
Count Leo Stefan of Habsburg
Count Hugo of Habsburg
Names
Leo Karl Maria Cyril-Methodius Habsburg-Lorraine
HouseHabsburg-Lorraine
FatherArchduke Charles Stephen of Austria
MotherArchduchess Maria Theresa of Austria-Tuscany

Leo Karl Maria Cyril-Methodius Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduke of Austria (5 July 1893 – 28 April 1939) was an Austro-Hungarian military officer, a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He was the fifth child and the second son of Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria and Archduchess Maria Theresia, Princess of Tuscany.

Archduke Leo Karl was his father’s answer to the Eastern European question, and became the would-be Regent of the Habsburgs' zone of influence in the Balkan region.

Early life

In 1913, Leo and his younger brother, Wilhelm, enrolled at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener-Neustadt. Upon reaching 20 years of age, which was the age of majority in the Habsburg family, he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece, a chivalric order.[1] At this age, he was also inducted into the Upper House of Parliament. He served in the Austro-Hungarian Army until the dissolution of Austria-Hungary, after which he served with great distinction in the Polish Army.

Marriage and family

In October 1922, he married Austrian noblewoman Maria-Klothilde von Thuillières Gfn von Montjoye-Vaufrey et de la Roche (1893–1978), known among family as "Maja", at St. Stephen Cathedral in Vienna. The marriage was acceptable although morganatic. Their children were granted the title of Count of Habsburg.

Later life

He lived on a portion of the Żywiec family estate that he and his brother, Albrecht, inherited from their father. Leo raised his children as Germans.[1] He died of tuberculosis on 28 April 1939 at his estate in Bestwina, in southern Poland. Since he did not leave a will, the property was inherited by his wife Maja.

He was buried in the local cemetery in Bestwina, a countryside plot belonging to his family.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ a b Snyder, Timothy (June 2008). The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke. Basic Books. p. 344. ISBN 978-0-465-00237-5.