Archduke Albrecht Franz, Duke of Teschen

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Archduke Albrecht Franz
Duke of Teschen
File:Archduke Albrecht Franz, Duke of Teschen.jpg
Born (1897-07-24)24 July 1897
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died 23 July 1955(1955-07-23) (aged 57)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spouse Irene Dora Lelbach
Katalin Bocskay de Felsö-Bánya
Lydia Strausz-Dorner
Issue Charlotte, Countess von Habsburg
Ildiko, Countess von Habsburg
Count Rudolf von Habsburg
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen
Mother Princess Isabella of Croÿ

Albert Franz Josef Karl Friedrich Georg Hubert Maria, Archduke and Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Duke of Teschen (In German: Erzherzog Albrecht Franz Josef Karl Friedrich Georg Hubert Maria von Österreich, Herzog von Teschen) – (24 July 1897 – 23 July 1955) was a member of the House of Habsburg and titular pretender to the Duchy of Teschen.

Early life

Archduke Albrecht Franz was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, only son of Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen (1856–1936, son of Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria and Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria) and his wife, Princess Isabella of Croÿ (1856–1931, daughter of Rudolf, Duke of Croÿ and Princess Natalie of Ligne).


On 16 August 1930 Albrecht Franz married morganatically in Brighton, England, Irene Dora Lelbach (1897–1985), daughter of Johann Lelbach and Ilma Skultéty. They had no issue. They divorced on 1 June 1937.[1]

His second marriage was to Katalin Bocskay de Felsö-Bánya (1909–2000), on 7 May 1938. They had two daughters, named below. Following the rules of morganatic marriages, the daughters did not inherit the title of their father, in this case that of Archduchess; however, Otto von Habsburg granted them the (unofficial) title of Gräfin von Habsburg ("Countess of Habsburg"). Albrecht and Katalin divorced in 1951.[1]

  • Charlotte Izabella Mária Krisztine Eszter Katalin Pia, Countess von Habsburg (born 3 March 1940), married in 1967 to Ferdinand Joseph Wutholen, had issue.
  • Ildiko Katalin Izabella Henriette Alice Mária, Countess von Habsburg (born 19 February 1942), married first in 1963 to Joseph J. Calleja, had issue; divorced in 1978. Married second in 1982 to Terry D. Fortier, had issue.

His third marriage was to Lydia Strauss-Dorner, daughter of Bela Dorner and Mitzy.[2] They had one son:

  • Count Rudolf Stefan von Habsburg, born 1951;[3]


Notes and sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings, volume 1, p. 384.
  2. Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor, Burke's Royal Families of the World, volume 1: Europe & Latin America (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1977), p. 20.
  3. Graf Rudolf von Habsburg at
Archduke Albrecht Franz, Duke of Teschen
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 24 July 1897 Died: 23 July 1955
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Archduke Friedrich
Duke of Teschen
Succeeded by