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HIRH Archduke Felix of Austria died on September 6, 2011.

The Archduke was born on May 31, 1916, as third son and fourth child of Emperor Karl of Austria, King of Hungary, and his wife, née Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. The Archduke was the last surviving child of the late Emperor and late Empress. He passed away in Mexico, where he had lived for decades.

Archduke Felix was married to the late Archduchess Anna-Eugénie, née Princess of Arenberg, Duchess of Arenberg (1925-1997), and together they have 7 children, Archduchess Maria del Pilar(b. 1953); Archduke Carl Philipp (1954); Archduchess Kinga (1955); the late Archduke Raimund (1958-2008); Archduchess Myriam (b. 1959); Archduke István (b. 1961) and Archduchess Viridis (b. 1961). The Archduke settled in Mexico and led a very successful business career. All but one of his children were born in that country.

Archduke Felix of Austria (given names: Felix Friedrich August Maria vom Siege Franz Joseph Peter Karl Anton Robert Otto Pius Michael Benedikt Sebastian Ignatius Marcus d'Aviano) passend away on Sept. 6 th 2011. He was buried at Muri, on october, 1st 2011
He was the last surviving child of the last Austrian Emperor Charles I and a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and a younger brother of the late Crown Prince Otto of Austria.

Archduke Felix was less than three years old when Austria-Hungary collapsed following its defeat in the First World War. As a result, republics were declared in the now-separate countries Austria and Hungary which led to exile of the Imperial Family. Originally exiled in Switzerland the Imperial Family were taken to Portuguese island of Madeira in 1921 after Archduke Felix's father's failed attempts to claim the throne in the Kingdom of Hungary from the regent Miklós Horthy. On 1 April 1922 his father Emperor Charles died in Madeira.

In the autumn of the year 1937 Archduke Felix was permitted to return to Austria, entering the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt. He became the first Habsburg since the abolition of the monarchy to pursue a career as an officer in the Austrian Army.
With the Anschluss approaching Archduke Felix, his sister Archduchess Adelheid and Archduke Eugen fled Austria crossing the border to Czechoslovakia.

During the Second World War while in the United States, Felix and his brother Karl Ludwig volunteered to serve in the 101st US Infantry Battalion known as the "Free Austria Battalion". However the battalion was disbanded when a number of exiled Jewish volunteers who made up the majority of force ultimately declined to confirm their enlistment.

[edit] Return to Austria Felix, unlike his brother Otto, always refused to renounce his rights to the Austrian throne and membership of the Habsburg family, saying that doing so would violate his human rights. As a result he was banned from entering Austria except for a brief three-day stay in 1989 in order to attend his mother's funeral.[8] On 10 March 1996, after Austria had joined the European Union and the concurrent dropping of staffed border checkpoints between Austria and other EU countries, he crossed into the country from Germany and held a press conference the next day to announce his illegal arrival.[9] After his presence became known, he was warned by the Austrian government that he would face prosecution if he ever tried to enter the country illegally again.[10] Ultimately, a deal was reached between Felix, his brother Karl Ludwig and the Austrian government whereby they declared their allegiance to the republic without any reference being made to their rights to the throne or to their membership in the Imperial Family.[9]

In June 1998, in a joint action with his brother Karl Ludwig, Felix attempted to have the properties which were given to their ancestor Maria Theresa of Austria by her husband Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor restored to them after the properties had been taken from the Habsburg family by Adolf Hitler during the Anschluss.[11]

Felix built up a number of successful businesses in Mexico and Brussels[9] and worked as a marketing consultant.[12]

During his time in exile Archduke Felix lived in Portugal, Belgium, Mexico and the United States.[8] He lived in the colonia of San Ángel in Mexico City where he died 6 September 2011.[13]

[edit] Marriage and childrenFelix was married civilly on 18 November 1952 at Beaulieu, France, and religiously a day later, to Princess and Duchess Anna-Eugénie of Arenberg (1925–1997).[2] They had seven children.

Archduchess Maria del Pilar of Austria (born 1953) married Vollrad-Joachim Edler von Poschinger (born 1952)
Archduke Carl Philipp (Carlos Felipe) of Austria (born 1954) married first (div 1997) Martina Donath. Married second Annie-Claire Christine Lacrambe (born 1959)
Archduchess Kinga of Austria (born 1955) married Baron Wolfgang von Erffa (born 1948)
Archduke Raimund (Ramon) of Austria (1958–2008) married Bettine Götz (born 1969)
Archduchess Myriam of Austria (born 1959) married Jaime Corcuera Acheson (born 1955), a Mexican descendant of the Earls of Gosford.
Archduke István (Esteban) of Austria (born 1961) married Paola de Temesváry (born 1971)
Archduchess Viridis of Austria (born 1962) married The Hon. Karl Dunning-Gribble (born 1961)

As they all lived in Mexico, and some still do, they are called by the Spanish equivalent to their names.

French Royals / Re: Illegitimate Children of the French Royals
« on: July 25, 2010, 07:56:46 AM »
Yes, I think this is really Hélène Montholon, whom you speak of. But I think this story is rather speculation. In between I have ordered the book by Eddie de Tassigny (as well as I'm learning french for some months now....a great pleasure :-) and there is really everything about Napoleons children (even the supposed ones)
They speculated ones are under the "putatifs" and there are a lot !!!!

After Eddie des Tassigny Napoleon's speculated children are (even when most of them are rather NOT possible)

- Léon Duvar (née 1794)

- H. de Roche (1797- 1856)

- Joseph Van der Stocken (1797-1856)

- “Napoleon noir” (in 1799 in Egypt)

- Marie-Rose Bonaparte (1772)

- Marie Joséphone Souham (1801-1889)

-- Napoléon Charles Bonaparte (10/10/1802- 05/05/1807)

-- Napoleón Joseph Léon Duchâtel (5/08/ 1804 - 3/01/1884)

-- Jules Barthélemy- Sant Hilaire (19/08/1805-  24/11/1895

--Mme Masson (about 1806)

- Emilie Louise Marie Françoise Joséphine de Pellapra (1806-1871) 

-- Gérard Labrunie , dit « Gérard de Nerval » (1808-1855)

- Paolina Mathis de Cacciorna (1809-1879)

 -- Eugen Alexander Megerle von Mühfeld (1810-1868)

-- Camillo Paolo Mathis, cte de Cacciorna (1809-1891)

- Marie Louise de Beausset (1811-1852)

- Comtesse de Folkemberg (1811-1883)

-- Théodore- Auguste Forcate (1816- 1885)

- Napoléone Marie Hélène Calotte de Montholon- Sémonville  (1816-1907)

In the book of Mr de Tassigny this is an impossible story, because a secret sexual relationship was simply possible at the places (passage from Northumberland)

- Jimmy Gordon Bonaparte (seems to have been a wrong “pretender”)

- Elizabeth Runbol

- Joséphine Marie Caroline Elisabeth de Montholon- Sémonville

- At last : a daughter of Franz von Reichstadt : Eugénie de Lünck

French Royals / Re: Imperial France: House Bonaparte news
« on: July 03, 2010, 03:59:49 PM »
Thanks for your interest. I haven't been here for a longer time, but I am still working at my family tree of the Bonapartes, which is put online ( with more than 3.500 people until now.
I could also invite some descendants from the family helping with the dates and the newer generations etc. It's fascinating!
About the descendats of Napoleon I. there has a book appeared by Eddie de Tassigny (who is one of my correspondants in France) which is very interesting and shows all the generations. The discendants of the Bonaparte, even those of Napoleon I) are endless.....
Mr. Tassigny will also write about the descendants and possible descendants of emperor Napoleon III.

French Royals / Re: Bonaparte-Wyse family
« on: April 01, 2010, 03:24:51 PM »
Yes, that's right. I have just bought this book, but didn't have the time to read it until now.

There are also some beautiful rare pics in this book.

Great topic, thank you !!!!

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Princess Eugenie of Greece
« on: December 05, 2009, 10:49:41 AM »
Thanks for this interesting link, I'm very curious for this page, unfortunately it seems to accept the names only in Polish, because under the words "Radziwill" or "Habsburg" I don't find anything there....Can anybody help, which words I must use?

French Royals / Re: Imperial France: House Bonaparte news
« on: December 05, 2009, 03:20:26 AM »
It's really a pity, because the marriage of her relatives were all documentated with pictures. I have much of the old Point de Vue magazines with pictures of the marriages of her aunts (sisters of Charles Napoléon) ecc, I don't understand why they are now so strict with this and don't want to release any pictures. We must respect it, but it's a bit strange, as I always thought Charles and his family are quite modern and open. But some things are strange, I also had a quite strange experience in that connection some years ago: I once had a little exchange with one of Charles Napoléon's nieces (and therefore a cousin of Caroline) and after some letters she broke the contact and told me her family does not want it! It made me very sad, it's strange and a pity!

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Princess Eugenie of Greece
« on: December 05, 2009, 03:07:51 AM »
I haven't been here for awhile and do now see the wonderful pictures of Eugénie of Greece and her husband! They are really great, because pictures of Dominik, husband of Eugénie, seem to be rather rare. Can anyone tell us the source? Are they from a book? I would be very interested in knowing that. Once again thanks for posting this, they are just fascinating!!! :)

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Princess Eugenie of Greece
« on: October 21, 2009, 03:03:23 PM »
Good picture of Eugenie, I didn't know it before. Thanks. For me she is much similar to her father, the eyes especially, and her daughter Tatiana again more like her grandmother Marie Bonaparte (so my opinion- from the pictures I know) But it's true, she always looks much older on the pictures than she actually was, I don't know why. How old was she on this last picture??

French Royals / Re: Imperial France: House Bonaparte news
« on: October 21, 2009, 02:51:03 PM »
Does anyone know about marriage pictures in between?

The Habsburgs / Re: Inter-Marriage and In-Breeding
« on: October 21, 2009, 02:45:40 PM »
It's interesting that you mentioned that there was a list of certain aristocratic families, 12 you said, which were considered as equal to the house of Habsburg, and therefore allright to marry for them. Can you tell us, after which criteries they were chosen? Were they only reigning families, which were somewhere connected to the Habsburgs, or did they special merits for them, had special wealth or anything? Could they also be less powerful or not reigning families? Maybe you can name of some of this list, I guess this would be very interesting to see, which families the Habsburgs characterized as equal to them. So it seems, it was something rather "sujective" to choose certain families, which should be "equal" and to excude others. Who did explicitly decide and work out that "list"? I would be happy to have some examples. Thank you for sharing the interesting info!

The Habsburgs / Re: Inter-Marriage and In-Breeding
« on: October 11, 2009, 07:23:54 AM »
At this point I would like to start a new discussion among the section of the Habsburg family.

It deals with the question of marriage rules within the Habsburg family. I would be  interested to know what the other forum members

know about different kinds of marriages within the Habsburg family and especially about the laws concerning morganatic marriages.

Who of the Habsburg family members does have the right to carry the usual title "Archduke", and who and why are those members, who are "only" counts or can/should simply be called "Mr. Habsburg" ?

I would be very interested to know more on this subject!

Any ideas, any material and knowledge would be welcomed!

Thank you!

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Princess Eugenie of Greece
« on: October 11, 2009, 07:12:41 AM »
This is a great picture, I never saw it before, but it seems very unusual for there no confusion possible? Is that really the Eugenie of Greece, daughter of Marie Bonaparte?

French Royals / Re: Imperial France: House Bonaparte news
« on: October 04, 2009, 02:06:26 PM »
Great....I didn't know, how he looks like!!! Not bad! Does anyone know, if there are pics from the marriage by now??

French Royals / Re: Imperial France: House Bonaparte news
« on: August 12, 2009, 05:25:32 AM »
...Oh I haven't been here for such a long time! Thank you so much for the link to the new page of the Pommerie museum. Yes, it must be very interesting and the page is created new as I see. Great stuff there, I wished to go there once...!!!
It's interesting that you noticed that Charles and his mother are not very often together on events anymore! I remember older pictures, where they were indeed together, but maybe there is a reason that the relationship of them has become more difficult or has changed. A pity, maybe you are right, does the Princess Napoleon have a very close relationship to Beatrice?
It could be the reason, if Charles is now closer to his second family.
By the you know about new political activities...?? I missed very much in the last time, I think :(

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