Wednesday, 3 February 2010

At the road’s end: Archduchess Regina of Austria-Hungary (1925-2010)

Archduchess Regina of Austria-Hungary, the wife of Otto von Habsburg (last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary and former MEP), died peacefully at her home in Pöcking in Germany at 8.40 a.m. today, aged 85. She had suffered from a heart disease for a number of years and also suffered a stroke in 2005.
The Archduchess was born Princess Regina Helene Elisabeth Margarete of Saxe-Meiningen in Würzburg on 6 January 1925. She married the former heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne in Nancy on 10 May 1951. They had seven children (among them Swedish MP Walburga Habsburg Douglas), 23 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her husband, now in his 98th year.
She will lie in state in the Church of Sankt Ulrich in Pöcking from Saturday to Monday, followed by a requiem on Tuesday and burial in the Saxe-Meiningen family vault at the cemetery in Heldburg on Wednesday.

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