Royalty and World War I


New York Times, August 2, 1914; Photo Credit –

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. In 1914, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, set off a chain of events which would quickly lead to what became known as The Great War.  By the time it ended four years later, the Russian, German, Austrian, and Ottoman Empires had crumbled, the royal landscape of Europe had changed forever, and about 10 million military personnel and about 7 million civilians had died.  Over the course of the centenary, we plan on adding articles to this page regarding the changes in European royalty caused by World War I.