A Life Cut Short: Princess Maria Galitzine (1988-2020), Descendant of Emperor Karl of Austria

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Princess Maria Petrovna Galitzine passed away on 4 May. Maria was just short of celebrating her thirty-second birthday on 11 May. The princess died from a heart aneurysm. This information has been provided by someone close to the the Emperor Karl League of Prayer, to which Maria’s mother belongs.

Princess Maria Anna and Prince Piotr Galitzine
Photograph (c) The Emperor Karl League of Prayer

On 11 May 1988, Her Serene Highness Princess Maria Galitzine was born at Luxembourg City. Maria was the daughter of Prince Peter (Piotr) Galitzine (b.1955) and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (b.1954). Peter and Maria Anna married in 1981; they have six children: Princess Xenia (b.1983), Princess Tatiana (b.1984), Princess Alexandra (b.1986), Princess Maria (1988-2020), Prince Dimitri (b.1990), and Prince Ionn Teimouraz (b.1992).

Archduke Rudolph of Austria and Queen Fabiola of Belgium in 2001.
Photograph (c) Presse-Foto-Seeger

Maria Galitzine was a paternal granddaughter of Prince Dimitri Vladimirovich Galitzine (1914-1976) and Tatiana Petrovna Lopoukhine (1916-1982). Maria’s maternal grandparents were Archduke Rudolph of Austria (1919-2010) and Countess Xenia Tschernyschev-Besobrasow (1929-1968). Therefore, Princess Maria was a great-granddaughter of the Blessed Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary and his wife Empress Zita, born a Princess of Bourbon-Parma.

Maria and Rishi on their wedding day.
Photograph (c) Eric Velado

Princess Maria Galitzine civilly married Rishi Roop Singh (b.1978) on 24 September 2017 at Houston, Texas. The couple were united in an Orthodox religious ceremony on 22 April 2018 at Saint Jonah Orthodox Church in Houston. Mr Singh is a son of Mr Paramjet Singh (b.1940) and Mrs Barinderjeet “Bindu” Singh (b.1948). Maria and Rishi welcomed the arrival of their son: Maxim Singh was born on 10 February 2018 at Houston.

May Princess Maria Rest In Peace and May Her Memory Be A Blessing.

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