Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”



The funeral took place today in St Stephen's Cathedral Vienna of  HIS IMPERIAL AND ROYAL HIGHNESS ARCHDUKE FRANZ JOSEPH OTTO ROBERT MARIA ANTON KARL MAX HEINRICH SIXTUS XAVIER FELIX RENATUS LUDWIG GAETAN PIUS IGNATIUS by the Grace of God and hereditary right Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary.

The funeral, presided over by His Eminence Christoph Cardinal Count von Schönborn, was attended by His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing, and many members of the order in Austria and throughout the world. The Chancellor of the Grand Priory of England, His Excellency Fra' Duncan Gallie, was in attendance upon the Grand Master.

The funeral Mass was followed by a procession through the Innere Stadt of Vienna and the entombment of Archduke Otto and his late wife, Archduchess Regina who died last year, in the Habsburg Imperial Crypt of the Imperial Capuchin Church of Vienna. Archduke Otto's heart will be interred in Pannonhalma Archabbey.

Our condolences are extended to all the Imperial Family, especially to those who are members of the British Association of the Order of Malta.
Knights of Malta stand guard around the coffin during the Requiem Mass (photo Reuters, courtesy BBC)
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. 
Requiescant in pace.


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