- Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia Spouse Otto von Habsburg Andrea von Habsburg
Monika von Habsburg
Michaela von Habsburg
Gabriela von Habsburg
Walburga von Habsburg
Karl von Habsburg
Georg von Habsburg
Full name Regina Helene Elizabeth Margarete House House of Saxe-Meiningen
House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen Mother Countess Klara Maria of Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock Born 6 January 1925
Died 3 February 2010(aged 85)
Burial 10 February 2010
Religion Roman Catholic
She was in effect only the titular Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia, since the titles of nobility were abolished in these countries and law forbids their usage in Austria. The law, however, does not forbid the use of such titles in Germany, where she was born.
She was born in Würzburg, the youngest of the four children born from the marriage of Prince Georg of Saxe-Meiningen (titular Duke of Saxe-Meiningen) and Countess Klara Maria of Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock. Regina was the only one of her siblings to have children: of her two older brothers, Anton Ulrich died aged twenty, killed in action during World War II, and Frederick Alfred became a Carthusian monk who renounced his succession rights. Regina's only sister, Marie Elisabeth, died aged three months in 1923, before Regina's birth.
On 10 May 1951 Regina married Otto von Habsburg, son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and former crown prince, in the Église of the Cordeliers in Nancy, France, with the blessing of Pope Pius XII. After her marriage she used the names Regina, Crown Princess of Austria or Regina von Habsburg. From 10 May 1954 until her death Regina and Otto lived together at his official residence in the Villa Austria, also called the "Kaiservilla" (Emperor's Villa), in Pöcking near Lake Starnberg.
On 2 December 2005 she suffered a brain injury and was taken to a hospital in Nancy. Nevertheless, by 22 February 2006 she had recovered sufficiently to participate in the transfer of the remains of her mother, Duchess Klara, and her older brother Anton Ulrich, to the vault of the Veste Heldburg in the Churchyard of Heldburg in the district of Hildburghausen. The transfer of the remains of her father Duke Georg III from Tscherepowez (Russia), where he died as a prisoner of war in 1946, took place in the spring of 2007.
Regina von Habsburg died in Pöcking on 3 February 2010, aged 85, from undisclosed causes and was entombed at Veste Heldburg on 10 February. Her sarcophagus will be transferred to Mariazell and then to the Imperial Crypt in Vienna at the same time as the funeral of her husband, which is scheduled to take place on 16 July 2011.
Regina and Otto have seven children; two sons and five daughters:
- Archduchess Andrea (born 1953), married Karl Eugen, Hereditary Count of Neipperg, has issue (three sons and two daughters)
- Archduchess Monika (twin, born 1954), married Luis Gonzaga de Casanova-Cárdenas y Barón, Duke of Santangelo, Marquess of Elche, Count of Lodosa and Grandee of Spain, who is a descendant of Infanta Luisa Teresa of Spain, Duchess of Sessa and sister of Francis, King-Consort of Spain, has issue (four sons)
- Archduchess Michaela (twin, born 1954), married firstly to Eric Alba Teran d'Antin (divorced) and secondly to Count Hubertus of Kageneck (divorced), has issue by Eric Alba Teran d'Antin (two sons and a daughter)
- Archduchess Gabriela (born 1956), married Christian Meister (divorced), has issue (a son and two daughters)
- Archduchess Walburga (born 1958), married Count Archibald Douglas, has issue (a son)
- Archduke Karl (born 11 January 1961), married Baroness Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, has issue (a son and two daughters), current Head of the House of Habsburg
- Archduke Georg (born 1964), married Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg, has issue (a son and two daughters)
Ancestors of Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen 16. Bernhard II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen 8. Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen 17. Princess Marie Frederica of Hesse-Kassel 4. Prince Friedrich Johann of Saxe-Meiningen 18. Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 9. Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg 19. Princess Feodora of Leiningen 2. Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen 20. Julius, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld 10. Ernest II, Count of Lippe-Biesterfeld 21. Countess Adelheid of Castell-Castell 5. Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld 22. Leopold, Count of Wartensleben 11. Countess Caroline of Wartensleben 23. Matilde Halbach-Bohlen 1. Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen 24. Maximilian Franz Xaver, Count of Korff 12. Maximilian Frederick, Count of Korff 25. Countess Julie Agnes Emilie of Stolberg-Stolberg 6. Alfred, Count of Korff 26. Gotthard Friedrich, Count of Mirbach-Kosmanos 13. Countess Gabrielle of Mirbach-Kosmanos 27. Countess Mathilde Friederike of Pachta 3. Countess Clara Maria of Korff 28. Henry, Baron of Hilgers 14. Francis Richard, Baron of Hilgers 29. Helena von Hontheim 7. Baroness Hélène of Hilgers 30. Eduard Zernentsch 15. Agnes Zernentsch 31. Clara Lucius
Princess Regina of Saxe-MeiningenCadet branch of the House of WettinBorn: 6 January 1925 Died: 3 February 2010
- ^ Information on the Habsburg family
- ^ "Archduke Otto Married to German Princess In Church and Civil Rites in Nancy, France", The New York Times (Nancy, France), 11 May 1951
- ^ Main Post, February 8, 2010
- ^ "Regina von Habsburg tritt ihre letzte Reise an". Mainpost.de. http://www.mainpost.de/regional/hassberge/Regina-von-Habsburg-tritt-ihre-letzte-Reise-an;art1726,6227133. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
Austro-Hungarian royalty Titles in pretence VacantTitle last held byZita of Bourbon-Parma — TITULAR —
Empress consort of Austria
10 May 1951 – 31 May 1961
VacantTitle next held byFrancesca Thyssen-Bornemisza — TITULAR —
Queen consort of Hungary and Bohemia
10 May 1951 – 3 February 2010
1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generationInfanta Isabella of Portugal · Anne of Bohemia and Hungary 4th generation 5th generation 6th generation 7th generationArchduchess Margaret Theresa of Austria^ · Archduchess Claudia Felicitas of Austria^ · Countess Palatine Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg 8th generationPrincess Wilhelmina Amalia of Brunswick-Lüneburg · Princess Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel 9th generationnone 10th generation 11th generationDuchess Elisabeth of Württemberg** · Princess Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily** · Princess Luisa of Naples and Sicily** · Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg** · Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia** · Princess Hermine of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym** · Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg** · Princess Elisabeth of Savoy** · Princess Maria Beatrice of Savoy*** 12th generation 13th generationPrincess Charlotte of Belgium · Princess Margaretha of Saxony · Princess Maria Annunciata of the Two Sicilies · Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal · Princess Anna of Saxony** · Princess Alice of Parma** · Princess Maria Immaculata of the Two Sicilies** · Princess Isabella of Croÿ · Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria^ · Princess Auguste Maria of Bavaria 14th generation 15th generationPrincess Zita of Parma · Princess Franziska of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst · Princess Dorothea of Bavaria** · Countess Marie Valerie of Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems** · Princess Ileana of Romania** · Princess Rosemary of Salm-Salm** · Countess Maria Theresa of Waldburg-Zeil** · Princess Maria of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg · Princess Christina of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg 16th generationPrincess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen · Princess Margherita of Savoy · Princess Anne Eugénie of Arenberg · Princess Yolande of Ligne · Countess Xenia Czernicheva-Besobrasova · Princess Anna Gabriele of Wrede · Countess Helena of Toerring-Jettenbach · Countess Ludmilla of Gallen · Princess Laetitia of Arenberg** · Countess Margaret Kálnoky von Köröspatak** · Maria Espinosa de los Monteros^^** · Countess Valerie of Podstatzky-Lichtenstein** · Freiin Eva Antonia von Hofmann** · Princess Anna Amelie of Schönburg-Waldenburg** · Countess Hedwig of Lichem-Löwenburg** · Freiin Edith von Sternbach** · Princess Margaret of Hohenberg · Countess Marie Christine of Hatzfeldt-Dönhoff · Eugenia de Calonge^^ · Freiin Maria Theresia von Gudenus 17th generationFreiin Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva · Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg · Princess Astrid of Belgium*** · Princess Katharina of Isenburg-Birstein*** · Bettine Götz^^ · Paola de Temesváry^^ · Baroness Marie Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck · Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg · Princess Alexandra of Wrede · Princess María of the Two Sicilies · Sara Maya Al-Askari^^ · Mayasuni Heath^^ · Countess Katharina of Hardenberg · Ashmita Goswami^^ · Elyssa Edmonstone^^** · Countess Marie Gabrielle of Waldstein** 18th generationEstelle de Saint-Romain^^*also an infanta of Spain by marriage
**also a princess of Tuscany by marriage
***also a princess of Modena by marriage
^also an archduchess of Austria in her own right
^^did not have a royal or noble title by birth
1st GenerationPrincess Marie Elisabeth • Princess Elisabeth Ernestine, Abbess of Gandersheim Abbey • Princess Eleonore Frederika • Wilhelmine Luise, Duchess of Württemberg-Bernstadt 2nd GenerationLuise Dorothea, Duchess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg • Princess Philippine Antoinette • Princess Philippine Elisabeth • Princess Philippine Luise • Princess Philippine Wilhelmine • Princess Antonie Augusta • Princess Sophie Wilhelmine • Charlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg • Wilhelmine, Landgravine of Hesse-Philippsthal-Barchfeld • Amalie Auguste, Princess Heinrich of Carolath-Beuthen 3rd GenerationAdelaide, Queen of the United Kingdom • Ida, Princess Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 4th GenerationAugusta, Princess Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg 5th GenerationPrincess Marie Elisabeth 6th GenerationFeodora, Princess Reuss of Köstritz • Feodora Karola, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach • Adelaide, Princess Adalbert of Prussia • Luise Marie, Baroness Gotz von Wagenheim 7th GenerationRegina, Crown Princess of Austria • Princess Feodora, Mrs. Burkhard Kippenberg • Princess Eleonore Adelaide, Mrs. Peter Eric Rosden • Princess Almut, Mrs. Eberhard von Braunschweig
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