Karl Ludwig
* 30. Jul 1833, † 19. May 1896

Archduke of Austria

Karl Ludwig spent the whole of his life overshadowed by his older brothers Emperor Franz Joseph and Maximilian of Mexico. A devout Catholic, he made an impact above all as an energetic advocate of anti-Liberal clericalism. Karl Ludwig withdrew completely from politics in later years; as representative of the imperial House he assumed patronage of numerous exhibitions and associations, earning him the popular epithet of ‘the exhibition archduke’. He was the progenitor of the present-day main Habsburg line.

born today 185 years ago