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Archduchess Rosa of Austria



Archduchess Rosa Maria Antonie Roberta Josepha Anna Walburga Carmela Ignazia Rita de Cascia of Austria, full German name: Rosa Maria Antonie Roberta Josepha Anna Walburga Carmela Ignazia Rita de Cascia, Erzherzogin von Österreich (22 September 1906, Parsch, Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria–Hungary – 17 September 1983, Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) was a member of the Tuscan branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and an Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Bohemia, Hungary, and Tuscany by birth. Through her marriage to Philipp Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg, Rosa was also a member of the House of Württemberg and Duchess consort of Württemberg.

Early life

Rosa was the youngest child and third daughter of Archduke Peter Ferdinand, Prince of Tuscany, and his wife, Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Rosa was raised with her three siblings in Salzburg and Vienna until the end of World War I in 1918, when her family emigrated and moved to Lucerne, Switzerland.

Marriage and issue

Rosa married Philipp Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg, eldest child and son of Albrecht, Duke of Württemberg, and his wife, Archduchess Margarete Sophie of Austria, on 1 August 1928 in Friedrichshafen. Rosa and Philipp Albrecht had two sons and four daughters:

  • Duchess Helene of Württemberg (born 29 June 1929), married in 1961 to Marquess Federico Pallavicini, with issue.
  • Duke Ludwig Albrecht of Württemberg (born 23 October 1930), married twice morganatically, with issue.
  • Duchess Elisabeth of Württemberg (born 2 February 1933), married in 1958 to Prince Antoine of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
  • Duchess Marie Thérèse of Württemberg (born 12 November 1934), married in 1957 to Prince Henri d'Orléans.
  • Carl, Duke of Württemberg (born 1 August 1936), current head of the House of Württemberg; married Princess Diane of Orléans.
  • Duchess Maria Antonia of Württemberg (31 August 1937 – 12 November 2004).

    Titles and styles

  • 22 September 1906 – 1 August 1928: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Rosa of Austria, Princess of Tuscany
  • 1 August 1928 – 31 October 1939: Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Hereditary Duchess of Württemberg
  • 31 October 1939 – 17 April 1975: Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Duchess of Württemberg
  • 17 April 1975 – 17 September 1983: Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Dowager Duchess of Württemberg

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