Funeral of Archduke Otto von Habsburg, 2011

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The Funeral of Archduke Otto von Habsburg, the son of Emperor Charles I of Austria and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma and the last Crown Prince of Austria, at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna on this day in 2011, following a 13-day period of mourning in several countries. The body of Archduke Otto laid in repose in the Church of St. Ulrich in Bavaria before being transferred by train to the Catholic pilgrimage basilica in Mariazell and then being transferred by train to Vienna, where the coffin of the Archduke and Archduchess Regina, who passed away the previous year, was laid in State, being viewed by thousands of visitors.

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The Procession from St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche) wounds its way through Vienna before arriving at the doors of the Capuchin Church, where, in accordance with family tradition, he was repeatedly introduced, first as:

Otto of Austria; former Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary; Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, of Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria, and Illyria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow; Duke of Lorraine, of Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola and Bukowina; Grand Prince of Transylvania, Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Silesia, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Guastalla, Auschwitz and Zator, Teschen, Friuli, Dubrovnik and Zadar; Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca; Prince of Trent and Brixen; Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and Istria; Count of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenburg etc.; Lord of Trieste, Kotor and the Windic March, Grand Voivod of the Voivodeship of Serbia etc. etc.”

Then

Dr. Otto von Habsburg with a number of his civic achievements, notably as President of the Paneuropean Union and Member of the European Parliament

Finally, he was introduced as

Otto, a mortal, sinful human being!”

The Capuchin opened the gates, finally exclaiming “So he may come in”. Archduke Otto was entombed in the Imperial Crypt under the the Capuchin Church (Kapuzinerkirche) in Vienna and his heart was buried in Pannonhalma Archabbey in Hungary. He was the penultimate person to be buried in the Imperial Crypt, with only one remaining place. The Head of the House of Habsburg from 1922, he would have reigned as Emperor for a period of almost nine decades.

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In addition to the extended House of Habsburg, Royal Guests and Relatives included King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Michael of Romania, Tsar Simeon II of Bulgaria, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Infanta Cristina of Spain, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein, the Prince of Prussia, the Duke and Duchess in Bavaria, the Margrave of Baden, the Prince of Naples, the Duke of Parma, the Duke of Braganza, Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate of Ethiopia, Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan, Crown Prince Nicholas II of Montenegro, and Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis

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