Otto von Habsburg

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Otto von Habsburg (Archduke Otto of Austria) (given names: Franz Joseph Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xaver Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius; born 20 November 1912), also known as Otto Habsburg-Lothringen in Austria, is head of the House of Habsburg and heir to the thrones of the former Austria-Hungary, now Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has been the Habsburg pretender to the Austrian throne since 1922.

The eldest son of Charles I, the last Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, and his wife, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Otto was archduke of Austria and crown prince of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia from 1916 to 1918 and since his father's death in 1922, has been the Habsburg claimant to the thrones of Austria-Hungary (which, in addition to Austria and Hungary, also included the Kingdoms of Bohemia and Croatia, as well as other territories).

He is honorary president of the International Paneuropean Union and a former member of the European Parliament for the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU). He also influenced the creation of the Black-Yellow Alliance.

Otto lives in Bavaria in Germany, and is a citizen of Germany, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Although his official name in Germany is Otto, Prinz zu Habsburg,[citation needed] he is referred to as Otto Habsburg-Lothringen by Austrian authorities, since the use of noble titles and prepositions is forbidden by the Austrian constitution. He is sometimes known as Archduke Otto of Austria, Crown Prince Otto of Austria, and in Hungary simply as Habsburg Ottó.


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