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Franz Ferdinand buried in Vienna

rte.ieThe funeral of Franz Ferdinand, the heir-presumptive to the crowns of Austria-Hungary, and his wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg took place this morning in Vienna.

At 10.45am the solemn ceremony began, attended by the extended royal family and other invited dignitaries.

Less than an hour later the two coffins were carried through lines of firemen and veterans to a vault in the Palace church, where they were interred in the presence of close family members.

The city remains in mourning. When the coffins arrived by train from Vienna the previous night they had been placed on two great court hearses, with full military mourning pomp accompanying the processional arrangements to the Hofburg Palace.

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