Monday, 4 July 2011

Otto von Habsburg has died

Otto von Habsburg, last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, long-time MEP and champion of European unity, died today at his home in Pöcking, Bavaria, Germany. The eldest son of Karl I, the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor, he was born on 20 November 1912 and was thus in his 99th year. I will write more about him when I am back home in a few days.
His funeral will take place in the Stephansdom in Vienna on 16 July, followed by burial in the crypt of the Capuchin Church, where generations of the Habsburgs are buried. The remains of his wife Regina, who died last year and was buried in Germany, will be transferred to Vienna.

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