Why are archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife Sophie important?
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on June 28, 1914. The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August.
What happened to Franz Ferdinand’s wife?
They were both dead within an hour. The assassination triggered the July Crisis which led to the First World War.
Did Franz Ferdinand have a wife?
Sophie, Duchess of HohenbergArchduke Franz Ferdinand / Wife (m. 1900–1914)
What happened to Franz Ferdinand’s driver?
There he became an innkeeper, and would often show off the bloodstained braces of Franz Ferdinand and a piece of Sophie’s golden bracelet. He died in Brno in 1926 at just 39 years old. Since Lojka’s death, the role of the chauffeur of Franz Ferdinand’s car has sometimes been erroneously attributed to a ‘Franz Urban’.
What happened to Sophie and Franz Ferdinand’s children?
The children were left behind in the care of nannies. But Franz Ferdinand and Sophie died at Sarajevo and his children inherited Konopiste Castle, which he had bought with money from the sale of properties in Italy that he had inherited from his uncle, Francesco V d’Este.
Why was Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg shot?
She worked as a lady-in-waiting for Archduchess Isabella in Pressburg. When Isabella discovered that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was visiting to see, not one of Isabella’s eligible daughters, but rather her lady-in-waiting, she fired Sophie on the spot.
When did Franz Ferdinand get married?
July 1, 1900 (Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg)Archduke Franz Ferdinand / Wedding date
Franz Ferdinand loved Sophie too much to give her up. He persisted in his entreaties to the Emperor to approve their union. Only after Franz Ferdinand swore a morganatic oath, did Emperor Franz Joseph consent to their marriage on July 1, 1900.
Where was Sophie Duchess of Hohenberg born?
Stuttgart, GermanySophie, Duchess of Hohenberg / Place of birth
Was Sophie Duchess pregnant?
She was 46 at the time of her death. It’s possible she was pregnant, but unlikely. Her last child was stillborn in 1908. It may be a rumour which became popular because she was shot in the abdomen and this added to the drama of the event.
Where is Franz Ferdinand buried?
July 4, 1914Archduke Franz Ferdinand / Date of burial
How old was Archduke Ferdinand when he died?
50 years (1863–1914)Archduke Franz Ferdinand / Age at death
Was Sophie of Hohenberg pregnant?