Karl von Habsburg

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Karl von Habsburg
Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia
Karl von Habsburg (2022)
Head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Tenure1 January 2007 – present
PredecessorOtto von Habsburg
Heir apparentArchduke Ferdinand
Born (1961-01-11) 11 January 1961 (age 62)
Starnberg, Bavaria, West Germany
IssueArchduchess Eleonore
Archduke Ferdinand
Archduchess Gloria
Full name
Karl Thomas Robert Maria Franziskus Georg Bahnam
FatherOtto, Crown Prince of Austria
MotherPrincess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Karl von Habsburg (Karl Thomas Robert Maria Franziskus Georg Bahnam; born 11 January 1961), also known as Karl of Austria and referred to by his ancestral titles as Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia,[4] is an Austrian politician, the current head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He was a Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party 1996–1999.

Like his father, he is known as a supporter for the Pan-European movement.

In March 2020, during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, he tested positive for the virus.[5]

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  1. Royal and noble titles were abolished in Austria and Hungary by the Adelsaufhebungsgesetz of 3 April 1919.[1] The family name of Karl von Habsburg's father was declared to be Habsburg-Lothringen by an Austrian ministerial decision in 1957 [2] and by a German court (Landgericht Würzburg) on 16 July 1958. Otto was, however, at the time de facto stateless, living in Germany with a Spanish diplomatic passport, and was denied both entry to Austria and an Austrian passport. Otto's official name as a German citizen from 1978 was Otto von Habsburg.

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  1. Kaiser Joseph II. harmonische Wahlkapitulation mit allen den vorhergehenden Wahlkapitulationen der vorigen Kaiser und Könige. The official title used for princes since 1780 (zu Hungarn, Böheim, Dalmatien, Kroatien, Slavonien, Königlicher Erbprinz).
  2. Croatian Coronation Oath of 1916.. P.2-4, Emperor of Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia Apostolic king
  3. For some examples of this usage, see Burke's Guide to the Royal Family, edited by Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, published by Burke's Peerage, London, 1973, p. 240. ISBN 0-220-66222-3; Nicolas Enache's La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg, published by ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 44, 50; Chantal de Badts de Cugnac and Guy Coutant de Saisseval's Le Petit Gotha, published by Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 201–202. ISBN 2-9507974-3-1; the Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Fürstliche Häuser, Band XVI, published by C.A. Starke Verlag, 2001, pp. 87–90. ISBN 3-79800824-8; and the Daily Mail, Richard Kay (27 March 2002) "Charles, Camilla and a concert date with the Queen", p. 11. He was baptised as Archduke Karl of Austria, and in 2011, Pope Benedict XVI referred to him several times as (His Imperial Highness) Archduke Karl of Austria in public statements. He has also been consistently referred to as such by the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna and the papal nuncio in the country.
  4. Karl von Habsburg is known in Hungary as Habsburg Károly, in the Czech Republic as Karel Habsbursko-Lotrinský, in Croatia as Karlo Habsburško-Lotarinški, and by his ancestral titles as Archduke Karl of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia.[1][2][3] All noble, royal, and imperial titles have been abolished and are forbidden in Austria and in Hungary, and members of the family do not use them in these countries.[fn 1]
  5. "Auch Kaiserenkel Karl mit Coronavirus infiziert" (in German). Kronen Zeitung. 10 March 2020.