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Funeral for last Austrian emperor's heir

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Funeral for last Austrian emperor's heir


Several members of European royalty joined thousands of mourners to pay their respects at the funeral of the eldest son of the last Austrian emperor.

The service for Otto von Habsburg, who died aged 98 on 4th July in Germany, took place at Vienna’s St Stephen’s Cathedral on Saturday.

Thousands of Austrians and tourists gathered outside the cathedral. Many representatives from historical societies wore tradition uniforms.

For many people, the funeral became a day of nostalgia for the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire, which collapsed at the end of World War One. The Habsburgs were its ruling family. They fled to Switzerland when the monarchy was abolished.

Habsburg’s body was buried in the imperial crypt in Vienna, where dozens of his ancestors lie.

However, according to family tradition, his heart will be buried in the Abbey of Pannonhalma, in western Hungary.

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