The Hungarian government has decided to place the bequest of the late Archduke Otto of Austria, also known as Otto von Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary from 1916 until the dissolution of the empire in 1918.
The decision was published in the latest issue of Magyar Közlöny, the country’s official journal. According to the government resolution, the cabinet is happy to welcome Otto von Habsburg’s bequest and considers it important for the inheritance to be placed in a worthy location, Buda Castle.
The resolution also reveals details of certain development projects to be carried out in the historic Castle District under the National Hauszmann Plan. According to the document, funding will be set aside in the 2017 state budget for a wheelchair-accessible passage along the Royal Palace, the construction of a stable adjacent to the riding hall, the reconstruction of several historic details of the fortress and the creation of an underground garage.
The late Archduke passed away aged 99 in 2011. His funeral took place at St. Stephen’s Basilica in Vienna on 16 July 2011; he was subsequently entombed in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna and his heart buried in Pannonhalma Archabbey in Hungary.