Archduchess Ilona of Austria

Archduchess Ilona
Duchess of Mecklenburg
Born (1927-04-20)20 April 1927
Budapest, Hungary
Died 12 January 2011(2011-01-12) (aged 83)
Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Spouse Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg
Issue Duchess Elisabeth Christine
Duchess Marie Catherine
Duchess Irene
Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg
Full name
German: Helene
Hungarian: Ilona
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria
Mother Princess Anna of Saxony

Archduchess Ilona of Austria (German: Erzherzogin Ilona von Österreich; 20 April 1927 – 12 January 2011)[1][2][3] was a member of the Hungarian Palatine branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. She was married and later divorced from the late head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg.

Family and marriage

Archduchess Ilona (Helene) of Austria was born in Budapest, Hungary the second daughter and child of Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria and his wife Princess Anna of Saxony.[1] Her father was the son of Archduke Joseph August of Austria who was one of the heads of the provisional government of Hungary following the removal of King Charles IV. Her mother was a daughter of the last king of Saxony, Frederick Augustus III.

Ilona married Duke Georg Alexander of Mecklenburg civilly on 20 February 1946 and religiously on 30 April 1946 in Sigmaringen, Württemberg-Hohenzollern during the allied occupation of Germany.[1][2][3] Her husband was the eldest child and heir of George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and his first wife Irina Mikhailovna Raievskya.

On 6 July 1963, following the death of her father in law her husband became the new head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Ilona and Georg Alexander had three daughters and a son before divorcing on 12 December 1974.[2]

Ilona died in the morning of 12 January 2011 in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, aged 83.[4]


Name Birth Notes
Duchess Elisabeth Christine 22 March 1947 Married Alhard, Baron von dem Bussche-Ippenburg (born 30 June 1947) civilly on 15 November 1974 in Lüdenscheid and religiously on 3 May 1975 at Hohenzollern Castle. Had two daughters and one son, Ricarda, Josina and Gabriel before divorcing on 15 December 1997.
Duchess Marie Catherine 14 November 1949 Married Wolfgang von Wasielewski (born 15 December 1951) civilly on 17 March 1978 at Bonn and religiously on 15 July at Biengen. Has two children, Natalia and Alexander.
Duchess Irene 18 April 1952 Married Constantin Harmsen (born 28 April 1954) civilly on 22 September 1979 at Mexico City and religiously at Biengen on 26 July 1980. Has two sons, Maximilian and Moritz.
Duke Borwin 10 June 1956 Married Alice Wagner (born 2 August 1959) in Hinterzarten civilly on 24 December 1985 and religiously on 19 July 1986. Has three children, Olga, Alexander and Michael, and is the current head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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Foreign honours



  1. 1 2 3 4 Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. pp. 65,262. ISBN 0-9532142-4-9.
  2. 1 2 3 Darryl Lundy (4 Dec 2004). "Helene Ilona Erzherzogin von Österreich". Retrieved 2009-08-12. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. 1 2 Paul Theroff. "AUSTRIA". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
  4. The Grand Ducal House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. "Latest news and events". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  5. 1 2 3 4, Information of her order on her obituary

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Archduchess Ilona of Austria
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 20 April 1927 Died: 12 January 2011
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Archduchess Charlotte of Austria
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
6 July 1963 – 12 December 1974
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Title next held by
Alice Wagner
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