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Karl and SMOM
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In the early twentieth century the membership of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta was largely from noble families - but there were relatively few members from royal families (whether reigning or formerly reigning). Today things are somewhat different. Among the Bailiffs Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion are King Albert II of Belgium; Franz, Duke of Bavaria; Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou; Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein; and Carl, Duke of Württemberg.
Does anybody know why it is that the Archduke Carl Franz Joseph (later Emperor Karl) joined the Sovereign Military Order of Malta?