Coffins of Habsburgs arrive in Austria

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 5:57 PM
Coffins of Habsburgs arrive in Austria

The coffins of the son of Austria's last emperor and his wife have been brought to Austria and are lying in state at a cathedral associated with their dynasty.

Family members of the late Otto Von Habsburg and his wife Regina met the coffins as they arrived Tuesday evening at the Mariazell basilica, site of Habsburg marriages, requiems and other ceremonies.

The coffins are to be buried Saturday in the Emperor Tomb in Vienna, below the Austrian capital's Capuchin Church.

Habsburg died on July 4 at age 98 in his villa in Poecking in southern Germany. His wife, Regina, died last year.

The dynasty ruled for more than seven centuries until Austria abolished the monarchy at the end of World War I.