Regina, Crown Princess of Austria

Regina, Crown Princess of Austria

Infobox Austrian Royalty|archduchess
name = Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
title = Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, and Croatia

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date of birth = birth date and age|1925|1|6
place of birth = Würzburg
death_date =
spouse = Otto, Crown Prince of Austria
issue = Andrea, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg
Archduchess Monika, Duchess of Santangelo
Archduchess Michaela of Austria
Archduchess Gabriela of Austria
Archduchess Walburga of Austria
Archduke Karl of Austria
Archduke Georg of Austria
father = Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen
mother = Countess Klara Maria of Korff genannt Schmissing-Kerssenbrock

Regina, Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia (née "Princess Regina Helene Elizabeth Margarete of Saxe-Meiningen") (born 6 January 1925), is a member of the House of Wettin and Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia by marriage.


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 is the only one of her siblings to have children: of her two older brothers, Anton Ulrich died aged twenty, killed in action during the 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, Crown Prince of Austria, son of the last Emperor of Austria, Charles I, in the Église of the Cordeliers in Nancy, France, with the blessing of Pope Pius XII. Since her marriage she has used the names "Regina, Crown Princess of Austria" or "Regina von Habsburg".

Since 10 May 1954 Regina and Otto have lived 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 of 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 Russian POW in 1946, took place in the spring of 2007.


With Otto, Regina has 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 Teran d'Antin (divorced) and secondly to Count Hubertus of Kageneck (divorced), has issue by Hubertus (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), heir apparent
* Archduke Georg (born 1964), married Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg, has issue (a son and two daughters)


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1= 1. Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
2= 2. Georg, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen
3= 3. Countess Clara Maria of Korff
4= 4. Prince Frederick John of Saxe-Meiningen
5= 5. Countess Adelaide of Lippe-Biesterfeld
6= 6. Alfred, Count of Korff
7= 7. Baroness Hélène of Hilgers
8= 8. Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
9= 9. Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langeburg
10= 10. Count Ernst of Lippe-Biesterfeld
11= 11. Countess Caroline of Wartensleben
12= 12. Maximilian Frederick, Count of Korff
13= 13. Countess Gabrielle of Mirbach-Kosmanos
14= 14. Francis Richard, Baron of Hilgers
15= 15. Agnes Zernentsch
16= 16. Bernhard II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen
17= 17. Marie Fredericka of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)
18= 18. Ernst Christian Carl IV, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
19= 19. Princess Feodora of Leiningen
20= 20. Count Julius of Lippe-Biesterfeld
21= 21. Countess Adelheid of Castell-Castell
22= 22. Leopold, Count of Wartensleben
23= 23. Matilde Halbach-Bohlen
24= 24. Maximilian Franz Xaver, Count of Korff
25= 25. Countess Julie Agnes Emilie of Stolberg-Stolberg
26= 26. Gotthard Friedrich, Count of Mirbach
27= 27. Countess Mathilde Friederike of Pachta
28= 28. Henry, Baron of Hilgers
29= 29. Helena von Hontheim
30= 30. Eduard Zernentsch
31= 31. Clara Lucius


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