Prince Felix of Luxembourg

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Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Prince Felix of Luxembourg, who died on this day in 1970. The son of Robert I, Duke of Parma and his second wife, Princess Maria Antonia of Portugal, born Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, he had 11 siblings and 12 half-siblings, including Empress Zita of Austria, and grew up in magnificent castles in Vienna, Italy, and France, serving in the Austrian Dragoons as Lieutenant and Captain during WWI. In 1919, Prince Felix married his first cousin, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, and the couple had six children, including Grand Duke Jean. As Prince Consort, Prince Felix was president of the Luxembourg Red Cross between 1923 and 1932 and later between 1947 and 1969. He was also Colonel of the Luxembourg Volunteers Company and Inspector-General of the Luxembourg Army between 1945 and 1967. He was also deeply involved in the war effort during the Occupation and after the Liberation of Luxembourg during the Second World War. He continued to be a prominent figure until the Grand Duchess’ Abdication in 1964, and the couple continued to reside at the Château de Fischbach until his death on this day in 1970.

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