On July 4, 2011, H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg passed away at the age of 98 and for the past several days requiems have taken place in his hometown of Pöcking and in Munich, Germany. Today, the late Archduke Otto lies in state at the Kapuzinerkirche in Vienna (Wien) until his funeral service on July 16, 2011.
A great European passed away on 4 July 2011: Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, son of the last Austrian Emperor and Empress, Karl and Zita, passed away in his house in the Bavarian town of Pöcking. Otto Habsburg-Lothringen will be buried together with his wife Regina, who died in February 2010, in Vienna’s Imperial Burial Vault on 16 July 2011.
Otto Habsburg-Lothringen and his wife Regina (née Princess of Saxony-Meiningen) will be the last members of the former imperial court to be buried in the family vault next to Otto’s mother, Empress Zita. On Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 July 2011), the two deceased will lie in state in the Capuchin Church. The requiem for Otto Habsburg will take place on Saturday 16 July 2011 at 3:00pm in the Stephansdom. After that, the funeral procession will proceed across the Graben and Kohlmarkt, through the Imperial Palace and via the Ringstrasse to the Kaisergruft (Capuchins’ Crypt) on the Neuer Markt.
Laying-out in the Capuchin Church: 14 & 15 July 2011 (10:00 am – 10:00 pm)
Requiem in St. Stephen’s Cathedral and burial in the Imperial Burial Vault: 16 July 2011 (starting at 3:00pm)
The funeral will be displayed on LED walls at Stephansplatz (St. Stephan’s Square), Neuer Markt (New Market), and at the Heldenplatz (Hero’s Sqaure.)
There will be many royal as well as heads of state attending the funeral service in Vienna including (source):
- T.M. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
- H.R.H.Infanta Christina of Spain
- T.R.H. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
- H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
- T.R.H Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
- H.M.King Simeon II of Bulgaria
- T.R.H. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium
- T.R.H. Duke and Duchess of Bragança
I believe the funeral will be broadcast online via ORF.at beginning at 12pm Vienna (Wien) time on July 16, 2011. Here is the link if you would like to watch the service.
Finally, if you are interested in discussing the amazing life of the late Archduke Otto with others I highly recommend these sites:
- Nobiliana (you have to register in order to participate in the discussions)
- European Royals