Archduke Leo Karl of Austria

Noble person

1893 – 1939


Who was Archduke Leo Karl of Austria?

Archduke Leo Karl Maria Cyril-Methodius Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduke of Austria was the son of Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria and Archduchess Maria Theresia, Princess of Tuscany. He was his father’s answer to the Eastern European question and become a would-be regent of future Balkan zone of influence of the Habsburg monarchy.

In 1913 he and his younger brother, Wilhelm, enrolled at the imperial military academy at Wiener-Neustadt. Upon reaching Habsburg age of majority, twenty years old, he was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece – a Habsburg noble order – as well as the upper house of the parliament .

He served first in the Austrian army and then after the fall of the Habsburg Empire he served with great distinction in the Polish Army.

He married an Austrian noble woman Maria-Klothilde von Thuillières Gfn von Montjoye-Vaufrey et de la Roche, known among family as Maja in October 1922, at St. Stephen Cathedral in Vienna. The marriage was acceptable though morganatic. Their children are granted the title of Count of Habsburg.

Children: Count Leo Stefan of Habsburg.

He lived on a partition of the Żywiec family estate, that he and his brother Albrecht inherited from their father Karl Stefan. Leo was rising his children German. He died of tuberculosis on the 28th of April 1939 in his estate in Bestwina, southern Poland. He hadn’t left a last will and the property was inherited by his wife Maja.

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Jul 5, 1893
  • Austria
  • Poland
Apr 28, 1939

on July 23, 2013


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