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(Original story at BBC News...)

"The funeral of the last heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg, is taking place in the Austrian capital Vienna.

His body will be buried in the Imperial crypt amid pomp and ceremony associated with the former empire. His wife, who died last year, will also be buried.

European royals and political leaders, many from nations that his family ruled over, are attending the ceremony.

Otto von Habsburg, a former MEP, died earlier this month at the age of 98.

Thousands of people have been paying their respects before the coffins of Mr Habsburg and his wife in one of Vienna's churches.

Although Mr Habsburg's body will be buried in the crypt where his ancestors lie, his heart will be taken to Hungary for burial at an abbey west of Budapest on Sunday, in accordance with a Habsburg tradition...


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