His Most Apostolic Majesty Passes
J.K. Baltzersen of Wilson Revolution Unplugged is the bearer of "the sad news that His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Otto, Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, passed away this morning" — SKuKH Erzherzog Otto, RIP. "His Imperial and Royal Highness was in his 99th year, 505 days short of his centennial, born shortly before the outbreak of the Great War."
Enshrined on this blog's sidebar are these fine words of Archduke Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xaver Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius of Austria: "I am often asked if I am a republican or a monarchist. I am neither, I am a legitimist: I am for legitimate government. You could never have a monarchy in Switzerland, and it would be asinine to imagine Spain as a republic."
His Eminence Renato Raffaele Cardinal Martino remembers His Most Apostolic Majesty as "one of the Twentieth Century's greatest defenders of the Catholic faith and human dignity" — Otto von Habsburg has died. "As the head of one of Europe's most influential families, he became particularly disturbed by the rise of the great totalitarian ideologies, and fought equally against both National Socialism and International Socialism at significant risk to his own life," His Eminence said. "Otto von Habsburg's father, (Emperor) Blessed Karl of Austria, instilled in him from an early age that the office of a ruler is one of holy service and selfless sacrifice for the good of the peoples entrusted to him."
Llewellyn Harrison Rockwell, Jr. remembers His Most Apostolic Majesty as a "classical liberal scholar, who should have been emperor of Austria-Hungary," and as "[a] courageous opponent of national socialism and communism" — Otto von Habsburg, RIP. "As Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, another brilliant Austrian classical liberal Catholic, whose daughter was the Archduke's secretary, once told me: The Archduke was the only member of the European parliament not to need translation earphones, since he spoke all the languages. Such was the education of a future Kaiser."
Eulogizes Casa Santa Lidia, "Archduke Otto von Habsburg, who died on July 4 aged 98, began his public life as the infant crown prince of the multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire, and ended it as father of the multinational European parliament" — The end of an era.
Prays Mr. Baltzersen, "Seiner Kaiserliche und Königliche Hoheit Erzherzog Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius, requiescat in pace." Amen.