József IV
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King József IV in 2009
Reign 6 July 1962 – 7 October 1989
Predecessor József III
Successor Monarchy abolished
Spouse Princess Maria of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Joseph Karl

Crown Prince József Károly
Maria Christine
Alexandra Lydia
Nicolaus Franziskus
Johannes Jacobus

House House of Habsburg
Father Crown Prince József
Mother Princess Anna of Saxony
Born 8 February, 1933 (1933-02-08) (age 85)
Budapest, Hungary, Greater Austria CV Flag of Austria 1920-1941
Religion Catholic

József IV, (born 1933), is the last King of Hungary. He was born in Budapest the son of Crown Prince József, and his wife Princess Anna of Saxony. His father died in 1957, resulting in him succeeding his grandfather in 1962. Throughout his reign, József pushed for an improvement in the standard of living. József engaged in increased international trade with non-fascist countries, in particular those of Western Europe. However, his policies could not overcome the inherent limitations of the fascist system and were viewed with distrust by the conservative leadership of Rainer Barzel in Germany. József's legacy remains disputed, but he was voted in a survey carried out by Median in Hungary in 2007, as the third most competent politician behind István Széchenyi and Lajos Kossuth who could solve the problems of Hungary.


Monarchical styles of
King József IV of Hungary
COA of Hungary
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sir
  • His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke and Imperial Prince Joseph Arpád of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary and Bohemia (1933–1945)
  • His Royal Highness Prince József Arpád, Royal Prince of Hungary (1945–1962)
  • His Majesty The King of Hungary (1962–1989)
  • His Majesty King József IV (1989–present)
József IV of Hungary (Central Victory)
Born: 8 February 1933
Regnal titles
Preceded by:
József III
King of Hungary
Titles in pretence
Loss of title
Republic declared
King of Hungary
(7 October 1989 – present)
* Reason for Succession Failure: *
Monarchy abolished 
Crown Prince József Károly