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Otto von Habsburg
Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, and Lodomeria
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Otto von Habsburg in 2006, portrait by Oliver Mark
Titular Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, etc
Head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Tenure 1 April 1922 – 1 January 2007
Predecessor Charles I & IV
Successor Archduke Karl
Born (1912-11-20)20 November 1912
Wartholz Castle, Reichenau an der Rax, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary
Died 4 July 2011(2011-07-04) (aged 98)
Pöcking, Germany
Burial 16 July 2011 (body); 17 July 2011 (heart)
Imperial Crypt (body); Pannonhalma Archabbey (heart)
Spouse
Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
(m. 1951; died 2010)
Issue
Detail
  • Archduchess Andrea, Hereditary Countess of Neipperg
  • Archduchess Monika, Duchess of Santángelo
  • Archduchess Michaela
  • Archduchess Gabriela
  • Archduchess Walburga
  • Archduke Karl
  • Archduke Georg
Full name
Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius von Habsburg
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Charles I of Austria
Mother Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature
Otto von Habsburg

Member of the European Parliament for Germany
In office
1979–1999
Personal details
Nationality
Political party Christian Social Union

Otto von Hasburg (20 November 1912—4 July 2011), full name Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius von Habsburg, was the last Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His father, Charles, was the Emperor of Austria and the King of Hungary. The murder of his great uncle, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was the event that led to the start of World War I. His family fled Austria in 1919 after the war.

During World War II he opposed the Nazis and Nazi Germany's takeover over Austria. Adolf Hitler ordered him to be put to death, but Habsburg left France and spent the war in the USA. Hasburg gave up his claim to the throne in 1961, and was allowed to return to Austria five years later. He became a member of the European Parliament and pushed to get the former communist countries of Eastern Europe allowed into the European Union.

He was buried in the Imperial Tomb in Vienna, but his heart was buried at an abbey near Budapest, Hungary, as part of a tradition that goes back to medieval times.

During his lifetime he was also known as Achduke Otto of Austria.

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