Heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne whose assassination in 1914 by Serbian nationalists sparked the first World War. He was known for being obsessed with trophy hunting and according to records he had an estimated 300,000 game kills in his short life.
After the assassin shot him and his wife, his final words to her were, 'Don't die darling, live for our children.'
Winston Churchill was a high-ranking member of the British government in WW I, which took place as a result of his assassination.
The suicide of his cousin and the typhoid fever that his father died of put him next in line for the throne.
His parents were Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria and Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
- The meaning of the name Ferdinand: To Be Courageous