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Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria

Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria

Austrian archduke
The basics
Quick Facts
Gender male
Birth October 25, 1942
Family
Mother: Archduchess Dorothea of Austria
Father: Archduke Gottfried of Austria
Spouse: Laetitia d'Arenberg
Children: Archduke SigismundGrand Duke of Tuscany
The details
Biography

Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria (German: Leopold Franz Peter Ferdinand Maria Joseph Gottfried Georg Karl Otto Rudolf Michael, Erzherzog von Österreich, Prinz von Toskana) (born 25 October 1942 at Schloss Leutstetten in Starnberg, Bavaria, Nazi Germany) was a member of the Tuscan line of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and Archduke and Prince of Austria, Prince of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany by birth. Leopold Franz was the titular Grand Duke of Tuscany from 21 January 1984 to 18 June 1993.

Family

Leopold Franz was the third eldest child and only son of Archduke Gottfried of Austria and his wife Princess Dorothea of Bavaria.

Marriage and issue

Leopold Franz married Laetitia de Belzunce d'Arenberg, eldest child and only daughter of Henri de Belzunce, marquis de Belzunce, a French nobleman, and his wife Marie-Thérèse de la Poëze d'Harambure, civilly on 19 June 1965 in St. Gilgen and religiously on 28 July 1965 in Menetou-Salon. Leopold Franz and Laetitia had two children together:

  • Archduke Sigismund Otto of Austria, Prince of Tuscany (born 21 April 1966)
  • Archduke Guntram Maria of Austria, Prince of Tuscany (born 21 July 1967)

Leopold Franz and Laetitia divorced on 21 May 1981. He married for a second time on 18 June 1993 to Marta Perez Valverde, a Salvadoran-born Viennese psychoanalyst, thereby renouncing his rights to the titular Grand Ducal throne of Tuscany in favor of his elder son Sigismund, the current head of the House of Habsburg-Tuscany. Leopold Franz and Marta divorced in 1998.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms

Titles and styles

  • 25 October 1942 – 21 January 1984: His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke and Prince Leopold Franz of Austria; Prince Leopold Franz of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany
  • 21 January 1984 - 18 June 1993: His Imperial and Royal Highness The Grand Duke of Tuscany
  • 18 June 1993 – present: His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke and Prince Leopold Franz of Austria; Prince Leopold Franz of Hungary, Bohemia, and Tuscany

Honours

  • Knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece

Ancestry

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