Otto von Habsburg

Otto von Habsburg has been the head of the House of Habsburg since 1922. He is the former Crown Prince (1916–1918) of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Galicia and Lodomeria and Illyria, and since 1922 the Habsburg pretender to these thrones as well as the titular King of Jerusalem.

In a declaration dated May 31, 1961, Otto renounced all claims to the Austrian throne and proclaimed himself “a loyal citizen of the republic,” a move that he made only after much hesitation and certainly “for purely practical reasons”.