The history of the royal family of Mexico that is little known

In the history of Mexico there have only been two emperors, who are Agustín de Iturbide and Maximiliano de Habsburgo. Photo: INAH

Last Thursday, September 8, news was released that shocked the entire world, and especially the inhabitants of the United Kingdom: had died, at the age of 96, the Queen Elizabeth II of England, after being in power for 70 years.

The queen died in the castle Balmoral, in Scotland. After this, his son ascended the throne, the now king Charles III. The history of the monarchy in Europe is very old.

In Mexico, there is also history related to the monarchy, in the first instance, after the Conquest of Mexico, viceroys were established in the country, who were a kind of rulers who were accountable to the king of Spain in turn.

Behind the Mexico’s independenceIn 1821, the first form of government to be established was the monarchynaming emperor to Agustín de Iturbide in 1822. This lasted very little, because a year later, in 1823, the monarchy was eliminated and government began with the Republicform of government with which the country has practically been governed since then.

But, in the 19th century, there was a brief period in which the monarchy returned to the country. Its about Second Empire of Mexico, who was in command of Maximilian of Habsburg. This lasted three years, from 1864 to 1867, when the Austrian emperor was shot in the Hill of the Bells, in Querétaro. From that moment it was established that nobility titles would no longer be recognized in Mexico.

Maximilian of Habsburg was the last emperor of Mexico, in 1867. Photo: Media Library/INAH
Maximilian of Habsburg was the last emperor of Mexico, in 1867. Photo: Media Library/INAH

However, there is something that few people know. And there is a family that is recognized in some places as the royal family of Mexico. This family descends from the two emperors that existed in the country, Maximiliano de Habsburgo and Agustín de Iturbide.

In 1822 Agustin de Iturbide was crowned as First Emperor of Mexico, but he was also shot for being considered a traitor to the country. However, this was not an impediment for the emergence of a supposed royal family, descended from both failed monarchs.

This goes back to when Ana Maria Huarte, wife Iturbideemigrated to the United States, and took with her her children, who would later have a relationship with the Habsburg Family, well Maximiliano and Carlota would have adopted one of Iturbide’s grandchildren, and also his cousin, since they were unable to have offspring.

That was how the Royal family, with the union of Habsburg and Iturbide, and the monarchy gained strength, and it has lengthened over the years, so now the heirs to the throne of Mexico are the Von Götzen de Iturbide familyalthough the monarchy is no longer a form of government in Mexico.

Maximiliano Von Götzen de Iturbide is a descendant of Agustín de Iturbide, and lives with his family in Australia.
Maximiliano Von Götzen de Iturbide is a descendant of Agustín de Iturbide, and lives with his family in Australia.

The family Von Götzen de Iturbide lives in Australia, that is, in exile, and its patriarch is the businessman Maximilian Von Götzen de Iturbide, of Romanian origin. He is married to Maria Anna de Franceschi, descendant of the Croatian-Venetian nobility. The family is completed with the children of both, Fernando and Emmanuela.

And although this royal family is not recognized in Mexico, and is not well known by the citizens of the country, if they are recognized in Europeand even, a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI received them at Vatican Apostolic Palace as the “legitimate heir to the throne of Mexico”.

The unrecognized royal family of Mexico lives in an Australian city called Perthwhich has about a million and a half inhabitants, the vast majority of whom are migrants. Maximiliano Gotzen-Iturbideis a businessman who likes to do sports such as horse riding and skiing, he also participates in yacht competitions.

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The history of the royal family of Mexico that is little known