As there has been some discussion lately in recent posts about the relative merits of a monarchy versus a republic (not that we have one of those anymore, btw), I thought I would post a piece on this very subject by Otto von Habsburg, the son of Blessed Karl I, the last reigning Emperor of Austria-Hungary (pictured here). Archduke Otto was nine years old when his father died in exile in Madeira, and is still living, though he has relinquished the headship of his household to his son, Karl. It should be noted that Blessed Karl did not abdicate the thrones of either Austria or Hungary, and though these countries by legislation have abolished the nobility, there is no question as to the proper succession in this Empire, unlike some other countries with exiled royal lines.

Blessed Karl’s feast day is October 21.

Anyway, for those interested, here is a link to Archduke Otto’s comparison of monarchies and republics.

Oh, and just for fun, here is the full royal title of the last reigning Habsburg, Karl I:

His Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty,

Charles the First,

By the Grace of God, Emperor of Austria, Apostolic King of Hungary, of this name the Fourth, King of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, and Galicia, Lodomeria, and Illyria; King of Jerusalem, Archduke of Austria; Grand Duke of Tuscany and Cracow, Duke of Lorraine and of Salzburg, of Styria, of Carinthia, of Carniola and of the Bukovina; Grand Prince of Transylvania; Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Upper and Lower Silesia, of Modena, Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, of Auschwitz and Zator, of Teschen, Friuli, Ragusa and Zara; Princely Count of Habsburg and Tyrol, of Kyburg, Gorizia and Gradisca; Prince of Trent and Brixen; Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and in Istria; Count of Hohenems, Feldkirch, Bregenz, Sonnenberg; Lord of Trieste, of Cattaro, and in the Windic March; Grand Voivode (Grand Duke) of the Voivodship (Duchy) of Serbia.