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Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany

Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany

Grand duke of tuscany
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About
Date of birth Florence, Province of Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Date of death Jan 17, 1908 Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Family
Mother: Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies
Brother(s): Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria Archduke Johann Salvator of Austria Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria
Children: Archduke Leopold Ferdinand of Austria Archduchess Louise of Austria Archduke Joseph Ferdinand of Austria Archduke Peter Ferdinand of Austria someone someone Heinrich Ferdinand von Österreich-Toskana
Sister(s): Archduchess Auguste Ferdinande of Austria Archduchess Maria Isabella of Austria Caroline of Austria
Spouse: Princess Alice of Parma Princess Anna of Saxony (1836–1859)
Father: Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Awards Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
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The details
Biography

Ferdinand IV, Grand Duke of Tuscany (Italian: Ferdinando IV, Granduca di Toscana; 10 June 1835 – 17 January 1908) was the last Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1859 to 1860. The House of Habsburg-Lorraine continued to hold the title as pretenders until the end of World War I.

Biography

Born at Florence, he was the son of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany and Princess Maria Antonia of the Two Sicilies.

He and his family were forced to flee Florence on April 27, 1859, with the outbreak of a revolution inspired by the outbreak of a war by France and Sardinia-Piedmont against Austria as part of the unification of Italy. The family took refuge in Austria. After the end of the war, Leopold II abdicated on July 21, and Ferdinand succeeded him as Grand Duke. Ferdinand proved unable to return to Florence to claim his throne, and an elected Tuscan National Assembly formally deposed him only a month later, on August 16. Ferdinand still hoped to recover his throne, as both France and Austria had promised to recognize his rights to it in the Armistice of Villafranca. However, neither power was willing to take any steps to bring about his restoration. The Kingdom of Sardinia annexed Tuscany on March 22, 1860, ending Ferdinand's hopes to reclaim the throne.

Ferdinand spent the rest of his life in exile in Austria. He died there, in Salzburg, in 1908.

Family and children

He married twice and had issue:

From his first marriage in Dresden on 24 November 1856 to Princess Anna of Saxony, (Dresden, 4 January 1836 - Naples, 10 February 1859), daughter of King John I of Saxony, was born:

  • Archduchess Maria Antonietta (Florence, 10 January 1858 - Cannes, 13 April 1883). She became abbess of the Theresia Convent in the Hradschin in Prague.

From his second marriage in Frohsdorf on 11 January 1868 to Princess Alice "Alix" of Parma (Parma, 27 December 1849 - Schwertberg, 16 November 1935), daughter of Charles III of Parma:

  • Archduke Leopold Ferdinand (1868–1935). He renounced his titles on 29 December 1902 and took the name Leopold Wölfling. He married thrice, without issue.
  • Archduchess Luise (1870–1947)
  • Archduke Josef Ferdinand (1872–1942). He married, firstly, Rosa Kaltenbrunner and, after divorcing her married, secondly Gertrud Tomanek, by whom he had issue. Both marriages were morganatic.
  • Archduke Peter Ferdinand, Prince of Tuscany (1874–1948). Married Princess Maria Cristina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and had issue.
  • Archduke Heinrich Ferdinand (1878–1969). A major general in the Austrian army, morganatically married Maria Karoline Ludescher, and had issue.
  • Archduchess Anna Maria Theresia (1879–1961). She married Johannes, Prince of Hohenlohe-Bartenstein; their granddaughter married Hans Veit, Count of Toerring-Jettenbach, son of Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark.
  • Archduchess Margareta (1881–1965)
  • Archduchess Germana (1884–1955)
  • Archduke Robert Salvator (1885–1895)
  • Archduchess Agnes Maria (1891–1945)

Honours

  • Belgium: Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold in 1856.
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