Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria
|Born||Vienna27 December 1868|
|Died||12 March 1915Munich(aged 46)|
|Father||Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria|
|Mother||Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies|
Ferdinand Karl was the third son of Archduke Charles Louis of Austria and Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 launched World War I, was his elder brother.
He served as a major-general in the Austrian Army.
Marriage and issueEdit
Like his brother, in 1909 he concluded an unequal marriage with Bertha Czuber (1879–1979), daughter of Emanuel Czuber. Unlike his brother, he did so without the emperor's knowledge or consent, having eloped two years before the marriage was revealed publicly.
On 6 August 1911 he renounced his rights and titles as a dynast of the House of Habsburg and assumed the name of "Ferdinand Burg", at the demand of Emperor Franz Joseph. Henceforth he absented himself from the Viennese court and lived in Tyrol.
By then Ferdinand Karl was suffering from tuberculosis, of which he died in 1915. He and his wife had no children. A funeral was set for him about four months after his death.
He received the following orders and decorations:
- Tuscan Grand Ducal Family: Grand Cross of St. Joseph
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion, with Distinction for Jerusalem
- Kingdom of Prussia: Knight of the Black Eagle, 23 November 1901
- Kingdom of Bavaria: Knight of St. Hubert, 1892
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Grand Cross of the White Falcon
- Kingdom of Saxony: Knight of the Rue Crown
- Württemberg: Grand Cross of the Württemberg Crown, 1893
- Empire of Japan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum, 28 January 1901
- Persian Empire: Order of the August Portrait, in Diamonds
- Russian Empire:
- Kingdom of Serbia: Grand Cross of the White Eagle
- Spain: Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III, with Collar, 21 May 1900
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