Saturday, September 5, 2009
Austrian Archduke Turns 90
His Imperial Royal Highness Archduke Rudolf of Austria is 90 years old today. He is the youngest son of His Apostolic Majesty Emperor Charles I of Austria-Hungary and Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma, born after the imperial couple had been forced to go into exile in Switzerland. He has worked on Wall Street and in the banking business and met his first wife, a Russian countess, in New York where the couple lived for many years. Later the Archduke settled in the Kingdom of Belgium. After his first wife died in a car accident he married a German princess in Bavaria. The Mad Monarchist joins all other Hapsburg loyalists in wishing His Imperial Royal Highness a happy 90th birthday!