Archduke Sigismund, Grand Duke of Tuscany

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Archduke Sigismund
Archduke of Austria
Grand Duke of Tuscany
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Archduke Sigismund in the Robes of the Order of Saint Stephen
Head of the House of Habsburg-Tuscany
Period 1993 – Present
Predecessor Archduke Leopold Franz
Heir Archduke Leopold Amadeo
Born (1966-04-21) 21 April 1966 (age 56)
Lausanne, Switzerland
Spouse Elyssa Edmonstone
(m. 1999; div. 2013)
Issue Archduke Leopold Amadeo, Grand Prince of Tuscany
Archduchess Tatyana
Archduke Maximilian
House House of Habsburg
Father Archduke Leopold Franz, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Mother Princess Laetitia d'Arenberg
Religion Roman Catholic

Archduke Sigismund of Austria, Grand Duke of Tuscany (Sigismund Otto Maria Josef Gottfried Henrich Erik Leopold Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen; born 21 April 1966) is the titular Grand Duke of Tuscany and current head of the Tuscan branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.


Sigismund was born in Lausanne the son of Archduke Leopold Franz and his first wife Princess Laetitia d'Arenberg, born Laetitia de Belzunce (and adopted by her stepfather Erik, 11th Duke of Arenberg).[1] Sigismund was educated in computer science and has worked as a banker.[2]

In 1993 Sigismund's father Leopold Franz renounced his rights as Head of the Grand Ducal Family of Tuscany in favour of Sigismund because his second marriage (after a divorce) conflicted with the laws of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Stephen, of which he was then head. Since then, Sigismund has been the Head of the Grand Ducal House of Tuscany.

Sigismund was raised in Uruguay by his mother. He and his maternal family are said to possess businesses in Punta del Este and in the countryside.[3]


Sigismund is Grand Master of the Order of Saint Joseph and the Order of Saint Stephen, the two orders of knighthood of the Grand Ducal House of Tuscany. He has also a served as a patron for the Almanach de Gotha.[4]


In 1999, Sigismund married Elyssa Edmonstone (born Glasgow, 11 September 1973), the only daughter of Sir Archibald Bruce Edmonstone, of Duntreath, 7th Baronet by his second wife Juliet Elizabeth Deakin.[5] Archduchess Elyssa is a great-great-granddaughter of Marshall Field and a third cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The Edmonstone family is an old Scottish family that was raised to a baronetcy in 1774; their best-known member was the royal mistress Alice Keppel. They are divorced since 25 June 2013.[6]

The couple have three children:

  • Archduke Leopold Amadeo, Grand Prince of Tuscany (born 9 May 2001), heir apparent to the headship of the House of Tuscany
  • Archduchess Tatyana of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (born 3 March 2003)
  • Archduke Maximilian of Austria, Prince of Tuscany (born 27 May 2004)

Sigismund lives with his family in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.



  1. Arenberg Genealogy
  2. Enders, Gaetana (31 July 1999). "Remembering Tuscany: H.I.R.H. Sigismund of Austria and Elissa Edmonstone". Hello Magazine.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Laetitia d'Arenberg
  4. Almanach de Gotha, Comité de Patronage
  5. "Archduke Sigismund of Austria and Miss E.J. Edmonstone". The Times. UK. 13 September 1999. p. 20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Genealogy of the Grand Ducal House of Tuscany

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Archduke Sigismund, Grand Duke of Tuscany
Cadet branch of the House of Lorraine
Born: 21 April 1966
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Archduke Leopold Franz of Austria
Grand Duke of Tuscany
Reason for succession failure:
Tuscany incorporated into the United Provinces of Central Italy
Archduke Amadeo,
Grand Prince of Tuscany
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
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