Category:Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este

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Archduke Ferdinand Karl Anton Joseph Johann Stanislaus of Austria-Este (1 June 1754-24 December 1806), was the fourth son and fourteenth child of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor and of his wife Maria Theresa of Austria. He was designated as the heir to the Duchies of Modena and Reggio but never reigned owing to the Napoleonic Wars. On October 15 1771 Ferdinand in effect married Maria Beatrice Ricciarda d'Este (7 April 1750-14 Nov 1829), only surviving child of Duke Ercole III d'Este of Modena and Reggio (although the marriage was not a requirement of Ferdinand's eventual succession).

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