Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg

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Name: Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
Occupation: Duchess
Gender: Female
Birth Day: March 1, 1868
Death Date: Jun 28, 1914 (age 46)
Age: Aged 46
Birth Place: Stuttgart, Germany
Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg

Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg was born on March 1, 1868 in Stuttgart, Germany (46 years old). Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg is a Duchess, zodiac sign: Pisces. Find out Sophie, Duchess of Hohenbergnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

Brief Info

Duchess of Hohenberg who was the wife of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. She and her husband were both assassinated in 1914, sparking World War I.


She was almost not permitted to marry Franz Ferdinand, because she was not a member of a ruling family at the time.

Does Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg died on Jun 28, 1914 (age 46).

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

She was born in Bohemia to an aristocratic family, and she became a lady-in-waiting to the Archduchess Isabella, Duchess of Teschen, before she met Franz Ferdinand.

Biography Timeline


Franz Ferdinand had become heir presumptive to the throne, after the suicide of his cousin Crown Prince Rudolf in 1889 and the death of his father Karl Ludwig of typhoid in 1896. As such his uncle, the Emperor Franz Joseph, informed him that he could not marry Sophie, who could not become an empress consort. To be an eligible consort for any member of the Imperial House of Habsburg-Lorraine, one needed to belong to one of the reigning or formerly reigning dynasties of Europe. Although the Choteks were noble since at least the 14th century and had been made counts of the Holy Roman Empire in 1745, they were not of dynastic rank (although Sophie was a descendant of Habsburgs, from Elisabeth, sister of King Rudolph I of Germany, Franz Ferdinand's ancestor).


It is unknown where Sophie first met Archduke Franz Ferdinand, although it may have been at a ball in Prague in 1894. Franz Ferdinand, who was stationed at a military garrison in Prague, paid frequent visits to Halbturn Castle, the home of Archduke Friedrich, and it was assumed that he had fallen in love with Friedrich's eldest daughter, Archduchess Marie Christine. The liaison was discovered by Archduchess Isabella, herself only born into a mediatised family (the House of Croÿ). When Isabella discovered Franz Ferdinand's locket lying on the tennis court, she opened it, expecting a photo of her daughter. Instead, the locket contained a photo of Sophie. From this, a scandal ensued.


In 1899, under pressure from family members (especially the Archduchess Maria Theresa, the emperor's formidable sister-in-law and Franz Ferdinand's stepmother) the couple were granted permission to wed. Franz Ferdinand was allowed to retain his place in the order of succession and a suitable title was promised for his future wife. However, to prevent Franz Ferdinand from attempting to proclaim his wife empress-queen or declaring their future children dynasts and thus eligible to inherit the crown (especially that of Hungary, where morganatic marriages were unknown to law) once he ascended the throne, he was compelled to appear at the Hofburg Imperial Palace before the gathered archdukes, ministers, and dignitaries of the court, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Vienna and the Primate of Hungary on 28 June 1900 to execute by signature an official instrument in which he publicly declared that Sophie would be his morganatic wife, never to bear the titles of empress, queen or archduchess, and acknowledging that their descendants would neither inherit nor be granted dynastic rights or privileges in any of the Habsburg realms.


Sophie and Franz Ferdinand were married on 1 July 1900 at Reichstadt (now Zákupy) in Bohemia. The Emperor did not attend the nuptials, nor did any of the archdukes, including Franz Ferdinand's brothers. The only members of the Imperial family who were present were Franz Ferdinand's stepmother, Archduchess Maria Theresa, and her two daughters.


Upon her marriage, Sophie was given the title Fürstin von Hohenberg ("Princess of Hohenberg") with the style of Durchlaucht ("Serene Highness"). In 1909, she was elevated to Herzogin (Duchess) and accorded the higher style of Hoheit ("Highness").


In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was invited by General Oskar Potiorek, Governor of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to watch troops on maneuvers for three days in Sarajevo, the provincial capital. Sophie was not usually allowed to accompany her husband on ceremonial visits because of her lower status, but on this occasion, Franz Ferdinand was invited as a military commander rather than a royal personage. The archduke therefore arranged for Sophie to join him on 28 June, the third and final day, for a troop review followed by a visit to the city to dedicate a new museum before returning to Vienna. The date coincided with the 14th anniversary of their Oath of Renunciation and was a rare opportunity to celebrate in public together, although he knew that the visit would be dangerous. At 10:10 am of Sunday, 28 June 1914, when the procession passed the Sarajevo central police station, Nedeljko Čabrinović hurled a hand grenade at the archduke's car. The driver accelerated when he saw the object flying towards the car and the grenade exploded under the wheel of the next car. Two of the occupants, Eric von Merizzi and Count Boos-Waldeck, were seriously wounded. Fourteen spectators were hit by bomb splinters.


Duchess Sophie's castle of Artstetten was selected as a main motif for the 10-euro Castle of Artstetten commemorative coin minted on 13 October 2004. The reverse of the coin shows the entrance to the Hohenberg family crypt, with left-set overlay profile portraits of Sophie and Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Family Life

Sophie, and the Archduke had four children together.

Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Princess Sophie of Hohenberg Daughter N/A N/A N/A
#2 Bohuslav, Count Chotek of Chotkow and Wognin Father N/A N/A N/A
#3 Karl, Count Chotek of Chotkow and Wognin Grandfather N/A N/A N/A
#4 Franz, Duke of Hohenberg Grandson N/A N/A N/A
#5 Georg, Duke of Hohenberg Grandson N/A N/A N/A
#6 Count Erwein Maximilian Franz Peter Paul Hubertus Konrad Maria von Nostitz-Rieneck Grandson N/A N/A N/A
#7 Johann Rudolf, Count Chotek of Chotkow and Wognin Great-grandfather N/A N/A N/A
#8 Wilhelmine, Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau Mother N/A N/A N/A
#9 Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg Son N/A N/A N/A
#10 Prince Ernst of Hohenberg Son N/A N/A N/A
#11 Archduke Franz Ferdinand Archduke Franz Ferdinand Spouse $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 50 Leaders
#12 Henrietta Prinzessin von Hohenberg N/A N/A N/A
#13 Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 50 Politician
#14 stillborn son von Hohenberg N/A N/A N/A

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg is 155 years, 0 months and 27 days old. Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg will celebrate 156th birthday on a Friday 1st of March 2024. Below we countdown to Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg upcoming birthday.


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