Francis Ferdinand 1863-1914
Prince Francis Ferdinand was
born in 1863 and, together with his wife, assassinated in 1914.
German name was Franz Ferdinand. He
was archduke of Austria (in German: Erzherzog von Österreich) and after 1889 successor to the throne, on
which his uncle
Emperor Francis Joseph sat at the time.
Francis Ferdinand and
World War One
Francis Ferdinand's assassination
marked the beginning of
World War I. One month after his death,
Austria declared war on Serbia and the madness began.
Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife,
Countess Sophie, walking toward an open car on June 28, 1914,
shortly before their assassination.
© DeA Picture Library
The Assassination of Francis Ferdinand
The main assassin was
Gavrilo Princip, a Serb. However, there were more
people involved in the plot. One of them was
Borijove Jevtic. You can
read Borijove Jevtic's comment here.
The Family of Francis
Francis's father was the
Archduke Charles Louis,
Emperor Francis Joseph.
Francis's wife was the
Countess Sophie Chotek, duchess of Hohenberg.
She was Czech.