Royal Guests and Relatives from around Europe joined the Habsburg Family for the Entombment of Archduchess Yolande of Austria in the Imperial Crypt at the Kapuzinerkirche in Vienna on October 7th, following a Funeral at the Eglise Saint Pierre de Belœil a few weeks ago. Archduchess Yolande is the last member of the Habsburg Imperial Family to be entombed in the Imperial Crypt (Kaisergruft), which is now full after over 300 years of Royal Burials.
The attendees were led by Archduchess Yolande’s children; Archduke Rudolf and Baroness Hélène de Villenfagne de Vogelsanck, Archduchess Alexandra and Héctor Riesle Contreras, Archduke Carl Christian and Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, and Archduchess Maria Constanza with Prince Franz Josef von Auersperg-Trautson, along with various grandchildren, including newlyweds Archduke Alexander of Austria and Countess Natacha Roumiantzoff-Pachkevitch, who got married at the Eglise Saint Pierre de Belœil just days after the Funeral.
Royal Guests and Relatives included Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria (sister-in-law), Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este among other members of the extended family.
The daughter of 11th Prince de Ligne and Philippine de Noailles, Princess Yolande of Ligne married Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria, the fourth son and fifth child of Emperor Charles I and Empress Zita of Austria. The couple, who were childhood sweethearts, had four children, including Archduke Carl Christian who married Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, and settled in New York City, where the Archduke worked for the Rockefeller Foundation, until returning to Belgium, where he passed away in 2007. Archduchess Yolande passed away at the age of 100 in Brussels.