Videos and Audio

These audio files of Austria-Hungary's last Emperor, Karl I, were recorded in the months prior to his accession to the combined Austro-Hungarian throne in November/December 1916. Before the death of Emperor Franz-Josef I, Karl served in active field command positions, a career which inevitably came to an abrupt end once he became Emperor.

In this audio clip, recorded on February 16, 1916, Karl gives his formal blessing to the Imperial Austrian Fund established to aid military widows and orphans.

In this audio clip recorded in 1916 (exact date unknown), Karl give his military Order of the of the Day to troops at the Front.


Emperor Karl visits Tyrol, Austria with Empress Zita.

The Hungarian Coronation of Emperor Karl of Austria, on December 30, 1916.

The Wedding of Emperor Karl and Empress Zita on October 21, 1911

Emperor Karl and Empress Zita arrive on Madeira Island where they were exiled after World War I.

Emperor Karl and Empress Zita on the Island of Madeira during exile after World War I.

Litany in Honor of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria

Emperor Karl and and Empress Zita arrived in exile on the island of in Madeira in 1922.