OTTO VON HABSBURG, life and legacy

The exhibition Otto von Habsburg, Life and Legacy is on display in the Princely Palace of the Celje Regional Museum.

Otto von Habsburg (Otto of Habsburg) was the first child of the Habsburg Archduke Charles, the last Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, and Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. He was born on 20 November 1912 in Villa Wartholz in Reichenau an der Rax, Lower Austria.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, followed by the death of Emperor Franz Joseph I, was decisive in the fate of Archduke Otto, who thus became heir to the throne.

On 20 November 1930, Otto inherited his father's titles of nobility as he came of age. Nevertheless, Queen Zita was the political leader of the dynasty at the time of his studies and retained a significant influence thereafter. From the second half of the 1930s onwards, the young Habsburg and his supporters focused their attention on preserving Austrian independence.

He was a politician, a publicist and a prominent European statesman. He was President of the Pan-European Union, a member of the European Parliament and throughout his career he campaigned for a free, united and socially oriented Europe.

Otto von Habsburg died on 4 July 2011 in Pöcking. He is buried in the Capuchin tomb in Vienna, while the urn with his heart rests in the basilica in the western Hungarian town of Pannonhalma, at his request.

You can find out more about Otto von Habsburg's life in the exhibition, which will be on display until the end of May 2024.