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Facts about Austrian Princess Maria Galitzine Who Suddenly Died at 31

Junie Sihlangu
May 15, 2020
06:36 A.M.
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On Monday morning, May 4, 2020, Austrian Princess Maria Galitzine passed away suddenly at the age of 31. Here we give a breakdown of who she was in an effort to pay tribute to her.

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According to her obituary, Princess Maria died from a sudden cardiac aneurysm. The Austrian royal was the child of Prince Piotr, 65, and Princess Maria-Anna Galitzine, 66, and was born in 1988.

She was born in the city of Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. In 1993, she and her family returned to Russia when she was just five.

Guillermo Sierra and Princess Tatiana Galitzine at the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball on May 24, 2017, in Houston, Texas | Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images

Guillermo Sierra and Princess Tatiana Galitzine at the fourth annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball on May 24, 2017, in Houston, Texas | Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images

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WHO WAS SHE MARRIED TO

She ended up attending the German School of Moscow and upon graduation, she moved to Belgium to attend the CAD school. Princess Maria lived and worked in various places.

She’s been to Brussels, Chicago, and Houston, where she specialized in interior design and furnishing. In 2017, the royal was married to Rishi Roop Singh, a renowned Houston chef, and they lived together in Houston, Texas.

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WHO SHE DESCENDED FROM

The pair was parents to son Maxim, 2. On her mother's side, Maria was one of the descendants of the last Austrian emperor Karl I, who reigned in Austria-Hungary from 1916 to 1918, and his wife Empress Zita.

Her father is a Russian aristocrat from the Russian Royal Family of Galitzine and “the chairman and CEO of TMK IPISCO, a Russian-owned gas, and pipe-making company.” While her mother is the daughter of the Archduke Rudolf of Austria, who was the youngest son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

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MARIA’S SURVIVORS

Princess Maria was, therefore, a descendent of the Habsburg dynasty. Besides her immediate family, Maria was survived by her sisters Xenia Galitzine de Matta, Tatiana Galitzine Sierra, and Princess Alexandra, her brothers, Princes Dmitri, and Ioann, and her parents.

Princess Tatiana, who also lives in Houston, is married to an investment banker Guillermo Sierra. On May 8, 2020, she was laid to her rest in the Orthodox section of Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Princess Diana at the gala premiere of "Dancers" on December 7, 1987 | Photo: Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Princess Diana at the gala premiere of "Dancers" on December 7, 1987 | Photo: Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

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HONORING THE LATE PRINCESS

People who wish to honor her can Plant Memorial Trees in her memory via the Sympathy Store. Another royal who died suddenly at a young age was British Princess Diana.

Princess Diana at Didsbury and Wigan in the North West of England on November 25, 1991 | Photo: Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Princess Diana at Didsbury and Wigan in the North West of England on November 25, 1991 | Photo: Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

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PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH

She was killed on August 31, 1997, after being involved in a car accident in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris. The accident also claimed the life of Dodi Al Fayed, the man she was seeing at the time, and the inebriated driver, Henri Paul.

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DIED AT THE AGE OF 36

Diana was pronounced dead at a French hospital at the age of 36. Empress Elisabeth of Austrian was another royal who died before her time after being killed by anarchists.

EMPRESS ELISABETH’S DEATH

She died on September 10, 1898, while visiting Geneva under an assumed name. The royal was killed by Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni while walking along a dock to board a ship.

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