The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August. The archduke traveled to Sarajevo in June to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo, and after some missteps, year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot the royal couple at point-blank range, while they traveled in their official procession, killing both almost instantly. The assassination set off a rapid chain of events, as Austria-Hungary immediately blamed the Serbian government for the attack. As large and powerful Russia supported Serbia, Austria asked for assurances that Germany would step in on its side against Russia and its allies, including France and possibly Great Britain. After more than four years of bloodshed, the Great War ended on November 11, , after Germany, the last of the Central Powers, surrendered to the Allies.
Beginning of World War I
His courtship of Sophie Chotek , a lady-in-waiting , caused conflict within the imperial household, and their morganatic marriage in was only allowed after he renounced his descendants' rights to the throne. Franz Ferdinand held significant influence over the military, and in he was appointed inspector general of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces. Franz Ferdinand's assassination led to the July Crisis and precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia , which in turn triggered a series of events that eventually led to Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's allies declaring war on each other, starting World War I. In , when he was eleven years old, his cousin Francis V, Duke of Modena died, naming Franz Ferdinand his heir on condition that he add the name "Este" to his own.
Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in The band's original lineup was composed of Alex Kapranos lead vocals and guitar, keyboard , Nick McCarthy rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals , Bob Hardy bass guitar , and Paul Thomson drums, percussion and backing vocals. Julian Corrie keyboards, synthesiser, guitar and backing vocals and Dino Bardot guitar and backing vocals joined the band in after McCarthy left during the previous year. The band is one of the more popular post-punk revival bands, garnering multiple UK top 20 hits.
Franz Ferdinand was born in Graz, Austria. Although only third in line to the throne, Franz Ferdinand became the heir-apparent following the death of the Emperor's son, Crown Prince Rudolf in , and his own father Archduke Charles Louis in , Franz Josef's brother. Considered a prideful and mistrusting man, and not overly cultured, and with a short temper, Franz Ferdinand lacked the necessary charisma to guarantee popularity. Following his marriage to Sophie Chotek von Chotkova in , Ferdinand became more reclusive. A happy husband and a devoted father they had three children , Ferdinand's private persona in this regard was at odds with public perception.