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Otto von Habsburg with his son George on the occasion of his 95th birthday.
Otto von Habsburg with his son George on the occasion of his 95th birthday.
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Whatever happened the Habsburgs...and three other fallen dynasties?

The story of the Habsburgs and other famous dynasties that are no more.
Jul 4th 2011, 5:11 PM 26,170 4

THE HEAD OF the House of Habsburg and the eldest son of the last emperor of Austria-Hungary has died today at the age of 98.

Otto Von Habsburg, son of Charles I, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, died in his home in Poecking in Germany this morning, according to his spokeswoman Eva Demmerle. He has lived there, in exile, since the 1950s.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso paid tribute to “a great European … who gave an important impetus to the European project throughout his rich life”.

A self-proclaimed politics addict, Habsburg was an advocate of the European Union and campaigned for the removal of the Iron Curtain.

On the day of his abdication in May 1961, he proclaimed himself to be “a loyal citizen of the republic [of Austria]“.

Habsburg handed over control of the family affairs to his son Karl in 2007 but continued to be seen in public. His wife, Regina, died last year.

He will be buried July 16 in the Emperor Tomb in Vienna, below the Austrian capital’s Capuchin Church.

Here we take a deeper look at the Habsburg story and some other fallen dynasties:

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