Archduchess Yolande of Austria

Archduchess of Austria
Born (1923-05-06) 6 May 1923
Madrid, Spain
Spouse Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria(m.1950)
Issue Archduke Rudolf
Archduchess Alexandra
Archduke Carl Christian
Archduchess Maria Constanza
Full name
French: Princesse Yolande Marie Jeanne Charlotte de Ligne
House House of Ligne
Father Eugène, 11th Prince de Ligne
Mother Philippine de Noailles
Religion Roman Catholicism
Austrian Imperial Family

HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca

Princely Family of Ligne

HRH The Dowager Princess

  • HH Prince Wauthier
    HH Princess Regine
    • HH Prince Philippe
      HH Princess Laetitia
      • HH Prince Jean Charles
      • HH Princess Aliénor
    • HH Princess Melanie Yolande
    • HH Princess Élisabeth Éléonore, Baroness Gillès de Pelichy
  • HH Princess Anne Marie, Mrs. Mortgat
  • HRH Princess Christine of Orléans-Braganza
  • HH Princess Sophie, Countess of Nicolay
  • HH Prince Antoine
    HH Princess Jacqueline
    • HH Prince Louis
    • HH Princess Marie
    • HH Princess Florence

Archduchess Yolande of Austria (née Princesse Yolande Marie Jeanne Charlotte de Ligne; born 6 May 1923) is the widow of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria.[1]


Yolande was born in Madrid as the second daughter of Eugène, 11th Prince de Ligne and his wife Philippine de Noailles (1898-1991). Her father was the Belgian ambassador to India from 1947 to 1951, ambassador to Spain from 1951 to 1958,[2] and the head of one of Belgium's historically most influential noble families. He died in 1960.

Each of Yolande's two brothers became the Prince de Ligne (Baudouin, 12th Prince de Ligne and Antoine, 13th Prince de Ligne). Antoine is the father of Michel, 14th Prince de Ligne and Princess Christine, wife of Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza (second in-line to the titular Brazilian throne). Antoine's youngest daughter is named after Yolande.


Marriage and issue

On 17 January 1950 at the Château de Beloeil, Belgium (the family seat of the House of Ligne), Yolande married Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria (1918–2007).[1][3][4] The fifth child of Austria's last emperor, Charles I and his wife Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Carl Ludwig and Yolande were childhood sweethearts. Wedding guests included Carl Ludwig's eldest brother Archduke Otto (claimant to the Habsburg throne) as well as members of half a dozen other royal families; representatives of the Belgian royal family did not, however, attend.[5] The couple honeymooned in Florida, eventually settling in New York City, where Carl Ludwig worked for the Rockefeller Foundation.[4][5]

They had four children:[1][6]

Titles, styles and honours



National dynastic honours



  1. 1 2 3 Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage: Princesse Yolande Marie Jeanne Charlotte de Ligne". Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  2. "Archduke Charles Troth", The New York Times, Brussels, 12 October 1949
  3. Brook-Shepherd, p. 178.
  4. 1 2 "Princess de Ligne To Wed Today", The New York Times, Beloeil, Belgium, 16 January 1950
  5. 1 2 "Archduke Charles of Habsburg Weds Princess Yolande of Ligne in Belgium", The New York Times, Beloeil, Belgium, 18 January 1950
  6. Brook-Shepherd, p. 170.
  7. 1 2 de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, p. 193-198 (French) ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  8. Luengo, Gonzalo. 2009. Nobles en Chile: Visión a través de uno de ellos. Retrieved July 10th, 2010.
  9. Full name
  10. Verliebt, verlobt, verlobt - website Tageblatt Online


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