Saturday, July 16, 2011

Vienna mourns its rightful Emperor

As the culmination of more than a week of mourning, funeral ceremonies were held in Vienna today for Archduke Otto, Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ending with the moving traditional ceremony of humility at the Capuchin crypt which I watched live online via Austrian TV. The dignity and solemnity of the occasion and the large turnout of respectful crowds were impressive. For one brief shining moment, Vienna seemed to give HI&RH the status in death he was tragically denied in life, unlike the incorrigibly leftist BBC which to its shame still insists on referring to him as "Mr Habsburg" (not even acknowledging his doctorate). The Austrian capital will likely never witness such beautiful and majestic sights again...unless, of course, the monarchy is restored...

2 comments:

Red Sean said...

If I read correctly, the Austrian TV site you posted never acknowledged any title for him, only referring to him as Otto Habsburg. They did call his mother "Ex-Kaiserin" but that was it.

Graham Sproule said...

The BBC referring to the Archduke as 'Mr. Hapsburg' is shameful. Despite the scandal surrounding News Corp, at least the Brits pay for that rubbish voluntarily. Unlike the BBC where taxpayers are forced to subsidize the state broadcaster. It is interesting to think about how the world would have been different had it not been for WWI and had the Austro-Hungarian Empire survived.