Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan Hold an Audience with the Prime Minister of Norway.

On November 1, 2012, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan held an audience with the Prime Minister of Norway, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg and his wife at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan.

And, that’s it.   🙂

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His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre Emmanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d’Aviano of Austria Finally Marries.

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre Emmanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d’Aviano of Austria finally married his American girlfriend, Miss Kathleen Elizabeth Walker.

The couple tied the knot at the lovely St. Mary Mother of God church in Washington D.C.  For more detailed information about the imperial wedding as well as to view lots of photos please click here. 

And, congrats to the couple.   🙂

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H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg: Information About the Funeral Service in Vienna, Austria

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):

  1. T.M. King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
  2.  H.R.H.Infanta Christina of Spain
  3. T.R.H. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
  4. H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein
  5. T.R.H Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
  6. H.M.King Simeon II of Bulgaria
  7. T.R.H. Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium
  8. T.R.H. Duke and Duchess of Bragança

I believe the funeral will be broadcast online via 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:

  1. Nobiliana (you have to register in order to participate in the discussions)
  2. European Royals


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H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Son of Austria-Hungary’s Last Emperor, Has Died.

On July 4, 2011, the son of the last emperor of Austria-Hungary, H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg, has died.  He was 98 years old.

Per the official website for the late Archduke:

Otto von Habsburg, eldest son of the last regnant Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, long-time member of the European Parliament and Honorary President of the International Paneuropean Union died at his residence in Pöcking, Upper Bavaria at the age of 98 on July 4, 2011.

During the next days, there will be several requiems and the possibility to pay your condolences to Dr. Otto von Habsburg.

The coffin will rest for three days in the Church f St. Ulrich in Pöcking, Bavaria, while there is a perpetual adoration.

After that there will be requiems in Pöcking, Munich, Mariazell, Vienna and Budapest.

If you would like to visit the official website for the late H.I.R.H. Archduke Otto von Habsburg you may do so here.

To watch a video news report about the death of the Archduke please click here.

To read more about the incredible life of Archduke Otto von Habsburg please click the link herehere, and here

Photo courtesy of: Wikipedia and Otto von Habsburg

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H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan Visits Germany: Day Two

On his second day in Germany H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan met with various local dignitaries as well as German VIPs. This afternoon he had a meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as well as with the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. There was also a reception at the Japanese Embassy in his honor.

But, it wasn’t all boring meetings and mindless reception chit-chit for the heir to the Imperial throne in Japan.  The mayor of Berlin gave the crown prince a fantastic tour of the Japanese Garden in Marzahn (it’s in Berlin) where the crown prince was beyond happy and smiled ear to ear.  Yeah, it was a great day.

In case you were wondering, the purpose of the official visit to Germany is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Amity between Japan and Germany.

To view photos from today please click the link here.

Source and photo courtesy of: Daylife via Reuters/Johannes Eisele/Pool

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