Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Passing of an Archduke

Being somewhat interested in such things, it would be remiss of me not to note that Andrew Cusack's blog has a splendid and most interesting post on the recent death (on 11 December 2007) of His Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Carl Ludwig Maria Franz Joseph Michael Gabriel Antonius Robert Stephan Pius Gregor Ignatius Markus d'Aviano of Austria; among other things a sometime Major, US Army, and veteran of the Normandy invasion.
His Imperial and Royal Highness was the fifth son of Blessed Karl I, (IV of Hungary) the last Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, King of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia and Galicia, Lodomeria and Illyria; King of Jerusalem, etc., etc. -- and the Emperor's wife, Zita of Bourbon-Parma. See Mr. Cusack's splendid post, particularly his description of the interment ceremonies in the crypt of the church of the Capuchin Franciscans in Vienna, and be sure to check out the attached You Tube videos.


louielouie said...

it's a good thing he didn't play pro ball.

El Jefe Maximo said...

Stranger things have happened, LL.