Funeral procession for Otto von Habsburg Part I

On July 16th, 2011 the funeral procession for Otto von Habsburg took place in Vienna.

Note: Contrary to the colourful dresses of the most participants the family of the deceased went at the end of the procession in dark mourning.

The most participants preferred to wear uniforms and dresses of the time before 1918 so the funeral procession was also a kind of presentation of historical fashion.

Inhabitants of regions which were part of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy attended the procession in traditional uniforms as well. Here a detachment from Croatia.

Some areas were represented by outstanding many participants. E.g. Tyrol where still a lot of traditional associations are in existence.

The smaller the areas the smaller the groups.

Whereas the most units looked very colourful and glorious in their historical uniforms…

… this group wearing the functional uniforms of World War I reminded me of the horror of war and was for me an important counterpoint to all these brilliant uniforms before.

And here some impressions taken after the end of the procession.