Princess Maria Galitzine, descendant of the last Habsburg emperor, has passed away at age 31

By Heather Cichowski

Princess Maria Galitzine has tragically passed away just before her 32nd birthday. The European royal, who descended from the last Habsburg emperor, Charles I (pictured), suffered "a sudden cardiac aneurysm" on May 4.

The sad news was confirmed by her family in an obituary published in the Houston Chronicle.

"Our Maria passed away in the Houston morning of Monday, May 4th, 2020, from a sudden cardiac aneurysm."

The princess, whose married name was Maria Singh, was residing in Houston with her husband Rishi Roop Singh, a local chef, and their two-year old son Maxim. Members of her family also lived in the city, including sister Tatiana Galitzine Sierra.

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Princess Maria was born in Luxembourg in 1988 to Prince Piotr Galitzine, a Russian aristocrat, and Princess Maria Anna Galitzine of Austria.

Maria lived and worked all over the world. At age five, she returned to Russia with her family and attended the German School of Moscow. After graduation, Maria moved to Belgium where she enrolled at the CAD (College of Art & Design) school in Brussels and focused on interior design.

This led to her working and living in Chicago and eventually Houston, where she specialized interior design.

Maria and Rishi married in April 2018 and the couple welcomed their son, who the obituary called the "apple of Maria's eye," shortly after.

The mother of one is survived by her husband and son, parents, sisters Tatiana Galitzine Sierra, Xenia Galitzine de Matta and Princess Alexandra, and brothers, Prince Dmitri and Prince Ioann.

Maria was laid to rest in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

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