Today, HI&RH Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria celebrates her eightieth birthday.

Fürst Carl Joseph von Wrede

HSH Fürstin Anna Gabriella Maria Theresia Kaspara von Wrede was born at Päh am Ammersee, Bavaria, Germany, on 11 September 1940. The princess was the first child of Fürst Carl Joseph von Wrede (1899-1945) and his wife Fürstin Sophie (1916-2008; née Countess Schaffgotsch gt Semperfrei von und zu Kynast und Greiffenstein), who married in 1939. Anna Gabriella has two siblings: Fürst Carl von Wrede (b.1942) and Fürstin Sophie (b.1944).

Archduchess Anna-Gabriele and Archduke Rudolph of Austria on their wedding day

On 15 October 1971, Fürstin Anna-Gabriele von Wrede married Archduke Rudolph of Austria (1919-2010) at Ellingen, Germany. The sixth child and fifth son of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita of Austria, Rudolph was the widower of Countess Xenia Tschernyschev-Besobrasow (1929-1968), with whom he had four children: Archduchess Maria-Anna (b.1954; married Prince Peter Galitzine), Archduke Carl Peter (b.1955; married Fürstin Alexandra von Wrede, the niece of Anna-Gabriele), Archduke Simeon (b.1958; married Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies), and Archduke Johannes (1962-1975). When Archduke Rudolph and Anna-Gabriele married, her first cousin Princess Anna-Eugénie of Arenburg became her sister-in-law, as Anna-Eugénie had married Rudolph’s brother Felix in 1952.

Archduchess Catharina with her father Archduke Rudolph on her wedding day.
Archduchess Catharina of Austria and Count Maximiliano Secco di Aragona

Archduke Rudolph and Archduchess Anna-Gabriele had one daughter, Archduchess Catharina (b.1972), who married Count Maximiliano Secco di Aragona in 1999. From this marriage, Anna-Gabriele has three grandchildren.

Archduchess Anna-Gabriele is the youngest of the last three surviving daughters-in-law of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita of Austria. The others are Archduchess Margherita of Austria (b.1930; née Princess of Savoy-Aosta), the widow of Archduke Robert, and Archduchess Yolande of Austria (b.1923; née Princess de Ligne), the widow of Archduke Carl Ludwig.

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