Hedwig of Austria-Tuscany
Archduchess Hedwig Maria Immakulata Michaela Ignatia of Austria (born September 24, 1896 in Ischl , † November 1, 1970 in Hall in Tirol ) was the daughter of Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria-Tuscany and his wife Marie Valerie of Austria . She was a granddaughter of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary .
Hedwig was born on September 24, 1896 in Ischl. Empress Elisabeth visited her daughter shortly after the delivery and sent an informative telegram to Vienna. The baptism took place in the large salon of the imperial villa . From September 27, 1896, the newspaper Das Vaterland reported on the condition of Marie Valeries and the little Archduchess. On September 30th the name Hedwig was mentioned for the first time. A final medical report was published on October 2nd. Marie Valerie later named Hedwig in her diary who had that certain spark of ducal Bavarian blood in her.
Hedwig's tutor was Elsa Köhler . Hedwig married Count Bernhard zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1881–1952), a son of Count Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg and the middle-class American Mary Eddington , on April 24, 1918 at her parents' Castle Wallsee . The marriage resulted in nine children.
Marie Valerie signed the Kühtai hunting lodge in Tyrol as a wedding present for her daughter Hedwig in 1917 . This house, already used by Emperor Maximilian I for marmot hunting, was repurchased by Emperor Franz Joseph as a hunting seat in 1893 and bequeathed to his youngest daughter in 1916. In 1949 Hedwig (Countess) Stolberg-Stolberg, as she was called since the marriage, applied for an ERP loan to build a ski lift next to her property. The then Federal Minister for Trade and Reconstruction , Ernst Kolb , refused to do so on the grounds that it was unprofitable. Three years later, Hedwig's son Karl revitalized the palace and transformed it into a palace hotel, which was run by his son Christian until 2016. This laid the foundation for Kühtai as a ski resort, which is now considered the highest ski resort in Austria.
Hedwig died in 1970 at the age of 74 in Hall, Tyrol. She is buried in the family vault in Hall Cemetery.
Archduchess Hedwig of Austria-Tuscany as a child, painting by György Vastagh (1898)
Archduchesses Gertrud (left) and Hedwig in costumes (1908)
The Archduchesses Ella and Hedwig of Austria-Tuscany (1912).
The hunting lodge in Kühtai from 1622 (left) with the new hotel building (right)
Hedwig's mother noted in her diary: "Hedwig is the one who has that certain spark of the Wittelsbach house" .
- Marie Elisabeth zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1919–2012)
- Franz Josef zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1920–1986)
- Friedrich Leopold zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1921-2007)
- Bernhard Friedrich Hubertus zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1922–1958)
- Therese Maria Valerie zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1923–1982)
- Carl Franz zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1925-2003)
- Ferdinand Maria Immaculata zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1926–1998)
- Anna Regina Emanuela Maria zu Stolberg-Stolberg (1927-2002)
- Magdalena Maria Mathilde zu Stolberg-Stolberg (* 1930)
- Wedding Hewdigs at Wallsee Castle. Detailed report inside the sheet. In: Sport & Salon , May 5, 1918, p. 1 (online at ANNO ).
- Ella and Hedwig on the title page. In: Sport & Salon , March 16, 1912, p. 1 (online at ANNO ).
- Daily newspaper Das Vaterland of September 26, September 27, September 28, September 30 and October 2, 1896.
- Martha Schad: Empress Elisabeth and her daughters Piper Verlag, 1999. Page 149
- Jagdschloss Kühtai ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on October 15, 2009)
- Press report about Schilift in Kühtai ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) Info: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on October 25, 2009)
- Marie Valerie of Austria: the diary of the favorite daughter of Empress Ed. By Horst Schad 1998
- Hedwig , in: Brigitte Hamann : Die Habsburger - ein biografisches Lexikon , Verlag Piper, Vienna 1988 ISBN 3-492-03163-3 , p. 161
- Marie Valerie: The diary of the favorite daughter of Empress Elisabeth 1878-1899. Publisher: Piper; Edition: 4 (November 2008) Eds. Martha Schad and Horst Schad ISBN 978-3-492-24364-3
- Martha Schad: Empress Elisabeth and her daughters (paperback) Publisher: Piper; Edition: 10th edition (April 2006) ISBN 978-3-492-22857-2
|SURNAME||Hedwig of Austria-Tuscany|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Hedwig of Austria; Habsburg-Lothringen, Hedwig; Stolberg-Stolberg, Hedwig|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Archduchess of Austria|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 24, 1896|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Ischl|
|DATE OF DEATH||November 1, 1970|
|Place of death||Hall in Tirol|