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Mariano Hugo, Prince of Windisch-Graetz (German: ''Mariano Hugo Fürst zu Windisch-Graetz'', Italian: ''Mariano Ugo, Principe di Windisch-Graetz''; born 27 July 1955) is the current head of the Austrian or Italian''Les Manuscrits du CEDRE V, Le Royaume d'Italie I. Cercle d'Etudes des Dynasties Royales Europėennes'' (CEDRE), Paris, 1992, pp. 196–197 House of Windisch-Graetz. A former ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Slovak Republic, he is currently the Order's ambassador to Slovenia.


Upbringing and family


Windisch-Graetz was born at Trieste as the elder son of Maximilian Antonius, Prince zu Windisch-Graetz and Maria Luisa (Marlise) Serra di Gerace. His mother was the legitimatised daughter of Gian Battista Serra, 12th Principe di Gerace by ''Donna'' Maria Grazia Carafa d'Andria. Windisch-Graetz was educated firstly in Rome at the school of the De La Salle Brothers. In 1975 he graduated from University College of Buckingham with a degree in Economics and Political Science. When his father died in 1976, Windisch-Graetz succeeded as head of a cadet branch of the House of Windisch-Graetz,Willis, Daniel. ''The Descendants of Louis XIII'', Chapter 6: The Imperial Family of Austria (Clearfield Co., 1999), 508–509. a mediatised house whose members historically bore the style of ''Serene Highness''. On 11 February 1990 in Salzburg, Austria, Windisch-Graetz married Sophie Habsburg, daughter of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and Countess Helene zu Törring-Jettenbach, daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark. The couple have had three children: * Prince Maximilian Hugo * Prince Alexis Ferdinand (who died at Sant'Angelo d'Alife in a car accident in 2010), * Princess Larissa Maria Grazia Helen Leontina Maria Luisa. Windisch-Graetz and his family reside in Italy when he is not abroad on diplomatic appointment, maintaining a home in Rome and ''Il Palazzo'' in Sant'Angelo d'Alife.


Activities and appointments


The business activities of Windisch-Graetz include the food production industry, notably biscuits and mozzarella cheese, and entrepreneurial finance. In the early 1990s, he was a major shareholder in the ''Banco di Napoli'' and a holding company, Sogesco, of which he owned 82%, was capitalised at 10 billion ''lire''. On 19 December 1987, Pope John Paul II appointed Windisch-Graetz a Gentleman of His Holiness, a role which entails meeting visiting heads of state and ambassadors and escorting them to meet the pope. He is also a Knight of Honour and Devotion in Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. In 2003, Windisch-Graetz was appointed Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Republic of Slovakia; this appointment was renewed in 2006, until December 2009. In March 2009, he was appointed Ambassador of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Republic of Slovenia.Presentation of the Letters of Credentials
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Honours and awards

*: **Knight of Honour and Devotion in Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta **Grand Cross of the Order pro merito Melitensi *: Knight Grand Officer of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre *: Grand Officer of the Order of Ouissam Alaouite * House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies: Knight of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George * House of Braganza: Knight Grand Officer of the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing * House of Habsburg: Knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece * House of Petrović-Njegoš: Knight Commander of the Order of Prince Danilo I * House of Savoy: **Knight of the Collar of the Order of the Most Holy AnnunciationLeadership of the Savoy Orders
**Knight of Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus

References

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