Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Archduchess asks government for permission to bury son in Habsburg crypt

May 26, 1930

Archduchess Blanca of Austria has made a request of the Austrian government to allow her son, Archduke Rainer Karl, who died yesterday in a Viennese public hospital, to be buried at the Capuchin, the traditional resting place of the Habsburgs.
According to the New York Times' wireless dispatch, this is the first request for a Habsburg burial since the fall of the monarchy. The request also "raises several interesting points" because there is "practically no room left in the section of the vault" reserved for the late Emperor Franz Joseph's family.
The late Archduke Rainer Karl descended from the Tuscany branch of the family.
If the Austrian government refuses Blanca's request, she will bury her son in Spain.
The late archduke stopped using his titles after the fall of the monarchy, and had "founded a prosperous motor transport business."

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