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.
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. This act helped spark the Great War.