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.


Coronation parade for Emperor Karl of Austria, being crowned Karl IV of Hungary.

Emperor Karl of Austria and Empress Zita in exile in Madeira Island, Portugal.

The Imperial coach carries Emperor Karl and Empress Zita.

Review of the Austrian troops by Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary along a mountain side in Austria-Hungary during World War I.

Emperor Karl watches his troops in action during World War I as they move cautiously along shallow trenches, during World War 1.

Emperor Karl and Empress Zita ride in a carriage and greet people in Gyongyos (Heves County).

Emperor Karl with the emperor's hunters in Tyrol, Austria.

Wedding Breakfast ceremony of Archduke Karl and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma, at Schwarzau Castle.

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

Litany in Honor of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria

Emperor Karl and and Empress Zita in exile in Madeira; 1922.