Sunday, October 23, 2011

Archduchess Marie-Astrid in the United States *

Yesterday evening, a votive mass in honour of Blessed Emperor Karl was held at the St. Mary, Mother of God church in Washington D.C. The 21st of October is the feast day for the beatified last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and grandfather of Archduke Carl-Christian who attended the mass together with his wife Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg.

On the very same day exactly one hundred years ago, Emperor Karl married Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma, the sister-in-law of Grand Duchess Charlotte through her marriage with Zita's brother Prince Félix. After the mass a reception was held during which Archduke Carl-Christian gave a speech.

Earlier today, a talk about "Otto von Habsburg - A Long and Courageous Life at the Service of Europe" took place in the American capital during which Archduke Carl-Christian gave an insight into the life and values of his uncle Archduke Otto who died earlier this year. Carl-Christian helped Otto von Habsburg during his first election campaign for the European Parliament and remained close to this uncle. After the talk another reception was held in which Marie-Astrid participated as well.

A picture of Marie-Astrid and Carl-Christian at the reception after the mass can be found here.

Source: Christendom Restoration Society

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