Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria

Margarete Sophie of Austria
Duchess of Württemberg
Born (1870-05-13)13 May 1870
Artstetten Castle, Artstetten-Pöbring, Lower Austria, Austria–Hungary
Died 24 August 1902(1902-08-24) (aged 32)
Gmunden, Upper Austria, Austria–Hungary
Spouse Duke Albrecht of Württemberg
Issue Philipp Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg
Duke Albrecht Eugen
Duke Carl Alexander
Duchess Amalia
Duchess Theresa
Duchess Elisabeth
Duchess Margarita
Full name
German: Margarete Sophie Marie Annunciata Theresia Caroline Luise Josephe Johanna
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
House of Württemberg
Father Archduke Charles Louis of Austria
Mother Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria (Margarete Sophie Marie Annunciata Theresia Caroline Luise Josephe Johanna; 13 May 1870 24 August 1902)[1][2] was a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and an Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Bohemia, Hungary, and Tuscany by birth. Through her marriage to Duke Albrecht of Württemberg, she was also a member of the House of Württemberg and a Duchess of Württemberg.


Margarete Sophie was born at Artstetten Castle, Artstetten-Pöbring, the fourth and youngest child and only daughter of Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria and his second wife Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.[1][2] She was named for her father's first wife, Princess Margaretha of Saxony, and for her paternal grandmother, Princess Sophie of Bavaria. Her older brothers included Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Archduke Otto Francis of Austria.[1][2]

Theresan Convent of Noble Ladies

As a young woman, Margarete Sophie was Princess-Abbess of the Theresian Royal and Imperial Ladies Chapter in Prague (1886-1893).[3][4] The convent was located in the Hradschin Royal Palace, and was an educational foundation open only to high-born young women, who were required to prove that all sixteen of their great-grandparents were of noble birth.[4] It was not unusual for the Abbess to be chosen from among the archduchesses of the Imperial Habsburg family, though the Abbess and all pupils were allowed to leave the order and marry.[4]

Marriage and issue

Margarete Sophie married Duke Albrecht of Württemberg, eldest child of Duke Philipp of Württemberg and his wife Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, on 24 January 1893 in Vienna, Austria–Hungary.[1][2] Margarete Sophie and Albrecht had seven children:[1]

Margarete died in Gmunden on 24 August 1902, aged 32.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Darryl Lundy (6 Mar 2005). "Margarete Sophie Erzherzogin von Österreich". Retrieved 2009-07-26. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. 1 2 3 4 Paul Theroff. "AUSTRIA". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-26.
  4. 1 2 3 Finestone, p. 105.


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