Franz Karl Archduke of Austria
- Category : 1802-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (21,36)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 4
Austrian archduke, the third son of Emperor Francis II (I) by his second marriage with Princess Maria Theresa from the House of Bourbon, daughter of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies and Maria Carolina of Habsburg-Lorraine.
On 4 November 1824 in Vienna he married Princess Sophie of Bavaria from the House of Wittelsbach, a daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria by his second wife Caroline of Baden. They had four sons, a daughter and a stillborn son. As such, Franz Karl was the father of two emperors (Franz Joseph I of Austria and Maximilian I of Mexico) as well as the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination sparked the hostilities that led to the outbreak of World War I, and the great-grandfather of the last Habsburg emperor Karl I.
Franz Karl died on 8 March 1878 aged 75 in Vienna.