Stéphanie (21 May 1864 – 23 August 1945), Princess of Belgium, Crown Princess of Austria and Princess Lónyai of Nagy-Lónya
Archduchess Elisabeth Maria, daughter of Crown Prince Rudolf and Crown Princess Stéphanie (2 September 1883, Laxenburg – 16 March 1963, Vienna) - called ”The Red Archduchess” for being a socialist and a member of the Austrian Social Democratic Party.
Archduchess Isabella of Austria-Teschen, neé princess of Croy. 1909.
Archduchess Maria Josepha of Austria, neé princess of Saxony. Early 1900s.
On March 19th, 1751, Maria Theresa gave birth to her twelfth child and ninth daughter. The baby was christened Maria Josepha Gabriela Johanna Antonia Anna of Austria, and would be known as Maria Josepha.
She was said to be “delightfully pretty, pliant by nature” and was betrothed to the future Ferdinand IV after her elder sister Maria Amalia was rejected for being too old, and her other elder sister Maria Johanna Gabriela died of smallpox.
Unfortunately, Maria Josepha herself would also die of smallpox on the very day she was supposed to have left Austria to marry Ferdinand, when she was just sixteen years old.
She was then buried in Tomb 46 in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna. After her death, Maria Theresa substituted her next available daughter, Maria Carolina, as a bride for Ferdinand instead.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his daughter Sophie.
HISTORY MEME - 6 women - Maria Theresa
Maria Theresa of Austria was the only female monarch of the Habsburg dynasty. She reigned over Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Milan, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma, ruling for forty years until her death.
In her internal government she showed herself anxious to promote the prosperity of her people, and to give more unity to an administration made up by the juxtaposition of many states and races with different characters and constitutions. In her private life Maria Theresa was equally the servant of the state and the sovereign of all about her. She was an affectionate wife to her husband Francis I; but she was always the queen of Hungary and Bohemia and Archduchess of Austria.
Some historians have termed Maria Theresa as the savior of the Habsburg Dynasty. Although when she came to the throne, her state appeared on the brink of dismemberment, Maria Theresa provided a strong foundation for the continuation of the Habsburg Dynasty into the modern era.
When she lay painfully on her deathbed her son Joseph said to her, “You are not at ease”, and her last words were the answer, “I am sufficiently at my ease to die.”