Obituary: Otto von Hapsburg, Crown Prince of Austria (1912 - 2011)
Gareth Russell shares his feelings on the death of the Emperor...
...Like so many of the Hapsburgs, Crown Prince Otto was a man who actually made a life as a statesman and it is sad to think that politicians by conviction, rather than by career opportunism, are more and more a thing of the past. Unlike many monarchists, the would-be monarch managed to combine a belief in the values of the past with a pragmatic and positive interpretation of modernity. One of my favourite anecdotes about him comes from the 1930s, when friends of an exiled Austrian artist who was a stalwart monarchist contacted Otto to inform him that their friend was slowly dying as a result of his alcoholism. They had tried everything else and they felt that only the man's devotion to the Hapsburgs could possibly trump his devotion to liquor. Otto summoned the man and drawing himself to his full height, he barked at him that he was his emperor and, as such, commanded him to quit drinking. Through the haze of drunkenness, the writer bowed low before Otto and vowed to do just that...
It was hard to choose exactly which paragraph to excerpt of this article, I trust I found the correct one. The last real statesmen of Europe will be hard to replace.
With thanks to Gareth Russell.