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An Heir Is Born In Austria-Hungary

A morganatic marriage is a marriage between people of unequal social rank which prevents the passage of the husband’s titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage. It is also known as a left-handed marriage because in the wedding ceremony the groom traditionally held his bride’s right hand with his left hand instead of his right.

In Austria-Hungary Emperor Franz Joseph I has been on the throne since 1848. The heir to the throne is Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand married Countess Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg. To be an eligible marriage partner for a member of the Imperial House of Habsburg, one had to be a member of one of the reigning or formerly reigning dynasties of Europe. The Countess Sophie was not one of these families. Therefore the children of the heir apparent Archduke Franz Ferdinand were not eligible to ascend the throne. Franz Joseph’s second son, Archduke Otto Franz of Austria married Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony. Their son Charles, nephew to the heir apparent Franz Joseph, was eligible to ascend the throne. In October 1911 Charles I married Princess Zita of Bourbon Parma. Her lineage had a suitably royal genealogy and their children would be allowed to become Emperor or Empress of Austria should the occasion arise.On November 20, 1912 the first son of Charles von Habsburg and Princess Zita was born. He will be baptized Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius. He will called Otto.

Princess Zita and Otto


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