Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria (1933-2017)
Archduke Joesph Arpad Benedikt Ferdinand Franz Maria Gabriel of Austria died on April 30 at Madrid. He was 84 years old.
The Archduke was head of the Palatine branch of the Habsburg dynasty. He was the fourth of eight children (and eldest son) of Archduke Josef Franz of Austria and Princess Anna of Saxony.
Joseph Arpad was born at Budapest on February 8, 1933. After World War -- and Hungary became Communist, the archduke and his family moved to western Europe. He received a degree in economics from the University of Lisbon.
He met and fell in love with Princess Maria of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, the eldest child of Karl, Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, and Carolina dei Conte Rignon. Both of their marriages took place at Bronnbach. The civil marriage was first on August 25, 1956, and followed by the Roman Catholic wedding on September 12.
The family lived in Madrid for many years. Archduke Josef Arpad is survived by his wife, Archduchess Maria and seven of their eight children: Archduchess Monika-Ilona (Mrs. de Rambure), Archduke Josef Karl (married to Princess Margarete of Hohenberg), Archduchess Maria-Christine (Mrs. van der Meide), Archduke Andreas (Countess Marie-Christine von Hatzfeldt-Dönhoff), Archduchess Alexandra (Mrs. de Wit), Archuke Nicolaus (Eugenia de Calonje Gurrea) and Archduke Johannes (Maria Gabriela Montenegro Villamiszar).
The couple's first child, Archduke Joseph Karl lived for only a day in August 1957.
He is also survived by many grandchildren and three younger siblings, Archduchess Maria Kynga (Mrs. Krist), Archduke Geza and Archduke Michael, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Their wedding was featured in Life Magazine.