HI&RH Archduke Rudolph of Austria
fifth son of the Blessed Emperor Charles of Austria
is in the second row of adults, fourth from the left, below, just behind his eldest brother,
HI&RH Archduke Otto of Austria,
the eldest son and true successor of the blessed emperor.
Archduke Rudolph was ever a fine Catholic gentleman of the old school and all who knew him, loved him, and will be greatly saddened at his departure.
Ora pro eo et requiem aeternum dona ei, Domine. RIP.
Alii bella gerent, tu, felix Austria, nubes
"Others make war but Thou, O happy Austria, simply marry!"
because they did not gain their empire through conquest but by the peaceful means of marriage and family life and the blessing of the Church and of God
and for whom the acronym was devised
Austriae est imperare orbi universo
"Austria's destiny is to rule the whole world"
Austria erit in orbe ultima
"The House of Austria shall be the last surviving in the world"
May this great House subsist until the end of time and may it lead the world through an example of love and fidelity to God, to the Church and to all mankind.
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Let us pray, then, for the soul of the lately departed HI&RH Archduke Rudolph, 5th son of the Blessed Emperor Charles of Austria, and all the deceased members of the House of Austria.
“The souls of the just are in the hand of God…in the sight of the unwise they seemed to die and their departure was taken for misery and their going away from us was seen as utter destruction but, in truth, they are at peace”