Sunday, December 15, 2013

Back in Nancy *

Photo: H&PB
Archduke Carl-Christian and his wife Archduchess Marie-Astrid, who is the oldest daughter of Grand Duke Jean, their sons Archduke Christoph with his wife Archduchess Adélaïde and Archduke Alexander as well as Archduchess Yolande, mother of Archduke Carl-Christian, visited Nancy this weekend to present the Basilique Saint-Epvre with relics of Blessed Emperor Karl, the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian empire who was beatified in 2004. Archduke Christoph and Archduchess Adélaïde had celebrated their wedding at the same church on December 29 last year.

Last night, Archduke Carl-Christian held a lecture about his grandfather Blessed Emperor Karl at the Musée Lorrain in which he talked about the emperor's life and principles and how they can act as an inspiration for the Europe of today. This morning a pontificial mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Nancy and Toul, Jean-Louis Papin, during the course of which the relics were received by the church.

A few pictures of the weekend can be found on the website of Histoire & Patrimoine Bleurvillois. I'm fairly certain that I can also recognise the parents of Archduchess Adélaïde, Philippe and Odile Drapé-Frisch in the pictures. If you have a subscription to L'Est Républicain, you can also check our their articles here and here though I have not and thus I can't tell you what they say. -- Update: Archduke Carl-Christian gave an interview to France 3 Lorraine on the occasion that you can find here (at about 6:20 during the video of 14/12/2013); they also have a report about today, just skip ahead to the one minute mark of today's news.

As some people do seem to have some kind of obsession when it comes to the whereabouts of another son of Archduchess Marie-Astrid and his wife... No, they weren't there. Yes, they are regular supporters of causes in relation to Blessed Emperor Karl and Empress Zita but so is the rest of the extended Habsburg-Lorraine family. It feels like I have seen about half of them attending masses for their famous relatives, some of them even give lectures. Considering how numerous the imperial family is, it could have become quite crowded in Nancy if all of them who have done so before had attended this mass.

Source: H&PB

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