Duchess Helene of Württemberg, Markgräfin Pallavicini (1929-2021)

Duchess Helene of Württemberg.

On Thursday, 22 April 2021, Duchess Helene of Württemberg died at Althausen. She was ninety-one years-old. The duchess was born on 29 June 1929 at Stuttgart as the first child of Duke Philipp of Württemberg (1893-1975) and his second wife Archduchess Rosa of Austria-Tuscany (1906-1983). Philipp was previously married to Rosa’s sister Archduchess Helena of Austria-Tuscany (1903-1924), who died a few days after giving birth to the couple’s only child, Duchess Marie Christine (b.1924). In addition to her older half-sister, Duchess Helene was joined by five younger siblings: Duke Ludwig (1930-2019), Duchess Elisabeth (b.1933), Duchess Marie Thérèse (b.1934), Head of House Württemberg Duke Carl (b.1936), and Duchess Marie Antoinette (1937-2004).

Wedding of Duchess Helene of Württemberg and Markgraf Federico Pallavicini.

On 22 August 1961 at Althausen, Helene civilly married Marchese Federico Pallavicini (b.1924). The following day the couple were wed in a religious ceremony at Friedrichshafen. The groom had previously been married to Countess Maria Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (1924-1960); Federico and Maria married in 1945 and divorced in 1949 after having had one son, Alexander (b.1946).

Markgräfin Helene and Markgraf Federico Pallavicini in 1997.
The Württemberg siblings in 2006: (left to right) Markgräfin Helene Pallavicini, Princess Marie Christine of Liechtenstein, Duke Carl of Württemberg, Princess Elisabeth of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and Duke Ludwig of Württemberg.

Duchess Helene of Württemberg is survived by her husband Markgraf Federico Pallavicini; their four children; Markgräfin Maria Cristina (b.1963), Markgräfin Antoinetta (b.1964), Markgräfin Gabriela (b.1965; married Ricardo Walter), and Markgraf Gian-Carlo (b.1967; married Pauline Haniel); and by five grandchildren, three grandsons and two granddaughters.

May She Rest in Peace.
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