Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg
Historical Figure
Nationality: Austria-Hungary
Date of Birth: 1868
Date of Death: 1914
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Lady-in-waiting, Nobility
Spouse: Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Children: Four, including one stillborn
House: Hohenberg,
Hapsburg (by marriage)
Fictional Appearances:
Shared Universe Story
"Last Flight of the Swan of the East"
POD: 1878
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: 1914
Cause of Death: Killed in an explosion

Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1 March 1868 - 28 June 1914), also known as Sophie Chotek, was the wife of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Theirs was a morganatic marriage, meaning that their children were ineligible for succession to the throne, thus the next in succession was Franz Ferdinand's nephew Archduke Karl. On 28 June 1914, she and her husband were shot to death by terrorist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, an act which helped touch off World War I.

Sophie in "Last Flight of the Swan of the East"[]

When Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie were shot to death in Sarajevo in 1914, Austria-Hungary issued a number of ultimata against Serbia, which was supported by Russia. Austria-Hungary was in turn supported by the Empires of Germany and the Japan. Russia invoked its alliance with France, who was in turn supported by the United States, and the Great War began.[1]

Sophie in Southern Victory[]

Duchess Sophie and her husband Archduke Franz Ferdinand were killed when a bomb was thrown into their car and exploded, as they rode through the streets of Sarajevo on 28 June 1914.[2] This act helped spark the Great War.


  1. Leviathans: Armored Skies, pgs. 292-299, loc. 4174-4290, ebook.
  2. American Front, pg. 15, PB.