Archduke Franz Karl of Austria

Austrian archduke (1802-1878)

Archduke Franz Karl Joseph of Austria (17 December 1802 – 8 March 1878) was a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

Archduke Franz Karl
Franz Karl at age 75, 1878.
Born(1802-12-17)17 December 1802
Vienna, Archduchy of Austria, Holy Roman Empire
Died8 March 1878(1878-03-08) (aged 75)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Princess Sophie of Bavaria
(m. 1824; died 1872)
Full name
German: Franz Karl Joseph
English: Francis Charles Joseph
FatherFrancis II, Holy Roman Emperor
MotherPrincess Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily
Styles of
Archduke Franz Carl of Austria
Reference styleHis Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial and Royal Highness

Franz was the father of two emperors: Franz Joseph I of Austria and Maximilian I of Mexico. Through his third son Karl Ludwig, he was the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Franz Ferdinand's assassination sparked the hostilities that led to the outbreak of World War I. Karl Joseph was the great-grandfather of the last Habsburg emperor Karl I.