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2021

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Presentation of a new book about Emperor Karl I.

On December 16, 2021, Czech commander Dr. Milan Novák presented in Kaiserstein Palace in Prague a new book: Karl I. – Saint and the last king in Bohemia.

The question of the soul of Europe

On November 30, 2021, the big year-end event of the Order of St. George took place in the form of a top-class panel discussion.

General Assembly 2021

The extraordinary General Assembly 2021 of the “SOCIETY OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER OF ST. GEORGE” could be held – due to the current Corona situation under the strictest conditions – on 16 November 2021.

Autumn conference of the Austrian Cavalry Association

On November 14, 2021, the Austrian Cavalry Association was a guest at the residence of the Order of St. George in Vienna and hold its autumn conference there. The theme of the conference was the “Pan-European Movement”, presented by its Secretary General Rainhard Kloucek.

Personalities very personal

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho gave insights into the Tur Abdin on November 10, 2021 and showed how this valuable legacy can still be saved.

New Commandery in Vienna

On November 8th, 2021 almost 30 members of the Order accepted the invitation of Vice Chancellor Gerald Ebinger to the opening event of the new Commandery Wien – Arsenal.

Churchill, Windsor and St. George

After several corona-related postponements, the Commandery of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was particularly pleased to finally be able to hold their traditional anniversary event again from October 29 to 31, 2021.

VIVAT! Long live the newborn Archduke Otto!

The reception of the two Croatian Commandries on October 25, 2021 was dedicated to the birth of the first grandson of our Grandmaster.

A new art and culture publication in the old Austrian spirit on the market

On October 21, 2021, Knight of the Order Dr. Kambis Atefie presented a new art and culture publication in the old Austrian spirit at a Commandery meeting of Wien-Hofburg.

Festive and dignified

On October 16, 2021, the third Investiture of this year took place in Lilienfeld Abbey.

Impressions of the Investiture in Lilienfeld

Find here first impressions of the Investiture on October 16, 2021 in Lilienfeld Abbey.

Czech Commandery meeting in Brno

On October 13, 2021, the Czech Commandery organized a meeting in Brno, at which our Grand Master was also among the guests.

Book presentation “Of Peace Furies and Dalmatian Coastal Roes”

The evening of October 13, 2021, was all about “Of Peace Furies and Dalmatian Coastal Roes” as this is the (translated) title of the equally interesting and enjoyable book by historian Dr. Tamara Scheer.

Officer and gentleman

On October 5, 2021, former General Karl Majcen gave insights into the development of Austrian national defense and outlooks on future challenges.

Excursion to Admont Abbey

The Commandery of Steiermark/Kärnten – Schlossberg on the trail of Emperor Ferdinand III., the founder of the Order of St. George.

Europe – where is the journey heading?

It was an evening dedicated to Europe: On September 22, 2021, Federal Minister Mag. Karoline Edtstadler provided insights into Austria’s European policy and outlooks on future challenges.

Order Convent in Schloss Hof

In glorious imperial weather, the first Order Convent since the outbreak of the pandemic was celebrated on September 4, 2021 in Schloss Hof.

Tur Abdin

On September 7, 2021, an event took place in Salzburg with the support of the Order of St. George on a topic that is particularly close to the heart of our Grandmaster Karl von Habsburg: the Tur Abdin.

Impressions of the Order Convent in Schloss Hof

Here you can find first impressions of the Order Convent on September 4, 2021 in Schloss Hof.

The Afghanistan crisis

Causes, backgrounds, interrelationships. A brief analysis of our Grandmaster.

Archduke Ferdinand Zvonimir´s visit to the Order’s residence

On September 1, 2021, HIRH Ferdinand von Habsburg and procurator Baron Vinzenz von Stimpfl-Abele met for a conversation in the order’s residence, to which the archduke had also brought the impressive trophy of the legendary Le Mans 24-hour race, which he won this year.

In memoriam of General Eugene Marchuk

Es ist unsere traurige Pflicht, vom Ableben unseres hochgeschätzten Ordensritters General Eugene Marchuk (Komturei International) zu informieren, der am 5. August 2021 in Kiew verstorben ist.

The Future of Europe

On July 21, 2021 the Czech Commandry hosted an event in the dignified setting of Chateau Nimerice, which is located 30 minutes outside of Prague. High-ranking guests dealt with the topic of the evening – the future of Europe -, analysed opportunities and risks and discussed necessary course setting.

Funeral of Jürgen-Michael Kleppich, MA

On July 13, 2021, the Order of St. George had to say goodbye in great sadness to one of its knights and wing adjutants, Jürgen-Michael Kleppich, MA, who passed away much too early at the age of 51 after a serious illness.

Summer party of the Viennese Commandries

On Friday, 10th July 2021, the traditional summer party of the Viennese Commandries took place in the garden of the Order’s residence in beautiful summer weather.

What can Europe learn from the Habsburgs?

On June 24, 2021 The Order Academy together with the Dutch Delegation invited to a fascinating online event in which she addressed the criticism of many Europeans that the EU is divided, often too slow and too weak.

Enquete in Lilienfeld Abbey

On June 18, 2021, the Enquete of the Order of St. George “Christian Values as the Root of European Identity”, took place in Lilienfeld Abbey, during which this so important topic was examined from different angles.

Dr. Ferdinand Wegscheider very personal

In this series of events by the Commandry Niederösterreich – Heldenberg, people from all walks of life who have something to say are invited again and again. On June 9, 2021 Dr. Ferdinand Wegscheider, director of SERVUS TV, gave an insight into his life, his career and topics that are particularly close to his heart.

Investiture on Mai 29, 2021

On Saturday, May 29, 2021, the first solemn investiture after a very long break due to corona took place in the Salesian Sisters’ Church in Vienna in bright sunshine.

Impressions of the Investiture in May 2021

On May 29, 2021, again an investiture was possible for the first time since the beginning of the Corona pandemic. Find here some impressions.

Europe on the test bench

On May 27, 2021 the internationally renowned and multi-award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur and politician Roger Köppel addressed a topic that is increasingly polarising society and the media.

Between Karst, Macchia and Sea: Trieste and Istria

The historian and author PhDr. Dr. Gregor Gatscher-Riedl, MPA accompanied us in his lecture on May 12, 2021 on an excursion to imperial and royal places of desire.

Via Habsburg

On May 6, 2021, Burghauptmann HR Mag. Reinhold Sahl, President of the Via Habsburg, presented the Certified Cultural Route and the associated historical sites.

How controlled is the media?

In his keynote speech on April 29, 2021 Alexander Purger addressed the problem of “fake news” as well as the question of the political independence of our media.

Corona. Crisis. Sustainability.

Online lecture by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Josef Radermacher from April 14, 2021, in which he highlighted aspects which are still too little in the focus of politics and media.

The Austro-Hungarian Army and its Last War 1914 – 1918

Online book presentation with Hofrat Dr. M. Christian Ortner on March 18, 2021.

New Democracy – The Key to the Political Unification of Europe

As part of the virtual commandry meeting on March 16, 2021, a lecture was given by Nico Rischmann.

The importance of European regions and European identity

On March 13, 2021, an online matinee was organized from the Czech Commandry.

Bitcoin – the global anchor currency of tomorrow?

On March 4, 2021, the commandry Steiermark/Kärnten-Schlossberg invited to a virtual commandry meeting with a keynote from DI (FH) Max Tertinegg, Managing Director of Coinfinity.

The Glance of the World

Online lecture with Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Köhler, MSc. pth. und Prof. Mag. phil. Christian Mertens.

The West, Russia and the Ukraine crisis

What does the geopolitical situation and future look like? General Ihor Smeshko gave an online lecture on this subject on January 19, 2021.

Imagine universal justice

Online keynote speeches with Prof. em. Dr. Richard Cándida-Smith and Prof. Dr. Jan Peter Balkenende on January 14, 2021.

New Year´s reception

On January 13, 2021, the now traditional New Year’s reception took place as a virtual meeting.

Birthday-matinee

On January 11th, 2021 our Grand Master celebrated his 60th birthday. For this reason, a large online matinee was organized.

2020

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Christmas speech 2020

Our Grandmaster HIRH Karl von Habsburg sends his Christmas message to all knights and dames.

Panel discussion

2020 – A year between the priorities of protecting health and defending freedom – Attempt of an initial assessment.

Book recommendation

Kaiserenkel zwischen den Zeiten (Imperial grandson between the ages) – a book of Christoph Matzl.

Economic crisis ahead!

What Austria and Europe need for a restart. Online lecture with Mag. Christoph Neumayer from November 11, 2020.

In memoriam of S.E. Max Turnauer

With great sadness we received the news of the passing of our esteemed Knight of Honor, S.E. Max Turnauer.

Letter of condolence

Commander Milan Novák wrote a letter of condolence in response to the terrorist attack in Vienna.

Book presentation: „Reise nach Jerusalem“

Online book presentation of Obr. HH Hon-Prof. MMag. Markus Stephan Bugnyár from October 27, 2020

Relic deposit

On October 25, 2020 the deposit of a relic of the Blessed Emperor Karl I of Austria was held at the St. Pölten Prandtauerkirche.

Benefit concert for parish church Krems

The Order of St. George supports the benefit concert for the parish church „Cathedral of the Wachau“ in Krems with opera star and dame of the Order Natalia Ushakova.

Commandery event in Klagenfurt

On September 24, 2020, an event by the Commandry Steiermark/Kärnten took place in the castle “St. Georgen” in Klagenfurt.

Covid times – what about the press (freedom) in our country?

The focus of the commandry meeting on September 19, 2021 was the keynote speech by the editor-in-chief of the Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, Mag. Gerald Mandlbauer.

80th birthday of S.E. Bischop em. DDr. Klaus Küng

On September 16, 2020 a small delegation from the Order’s government gathered at the Order residence to congratulate on behalf of the Order of St. George.

Freedom from a Dutch perspective

Online lecture of S.E. Aldrik Gierveld on September 2, 2020.

The Museum of Military History in Vienna

Online lecture of Hofrat Dr. Christian M. Ortner on July 2, 2020 about history, mission and challenges of the Museum.

This is how the economy will be powered-up

Online lecture with MMag. Dr. Meinrad Höfferer from June 30, 2020.

Interview with Jan Pieter Balkenende

Our Knight of Honor gave a highly interesting interview, in which he takes a stand on global geopolitical developments.

The future of ORF in the digital world

Online lecture of Dr. Alexander Wrabetz from June 23, 2020.

Freedom and family

Online matinee with HE Bischop DDr. Klaus Küng from June 20, 2020.

What the Corona crisis teaches us

Online lecture of Dr. Franz Schellhorn from June 18, 2020.

Is Austria too small for a decent relationship between politics and the media?

Personalities very personal

Online event with former Federal Minister Mag. Elisabeth Udolf-Strobl from May 27, 2020.

Consequences of the Corona Crisis for Central Europe

Online lecture of deputy Grandmaster Archduke Georg von Habsburg from May 12, 2020.

We are not living in an Era of Change, but in a Change of Era

Online lecture of Prof. Dr. Ing. Jan Rotmans from May 7, 2020.

Austria’s media in and after the Corona crisis

Online lecture of Mag. Gerald Grünberger (VÖZ) from May 4, 2020.

Federalism – Centralism – Nationalism

Online video discussion and keynote of Honorary Knight Governor Mag. Thomas Stelzer from April 27, 2020.

1st online matinee

Procurator Baron Vinzenz von Stimpfl-Abele spoke on April 25, 2020, during the first online matinee about “The corona crisis – Challenges and Opportunities for the Order of St. George”.

Freedom in danger? The side effects of Corona.

Online keynote with Grandmaster Archduke Karl von Habsburg from April 20, 2020.

In memoriam Jiří Toman

It is our sad duty to inform about the passing away of our Honorary Knight, Univ. Prof. JUDr. Jiří Toman, Ph.D.

The Corona Crisis as Economic Crisis

Online lecture of MMag. Dr. Meinrad Höfferer from April 14, 2020.

The Corona virus – between dramatic truth and fake news

Online lecture of Colonel Jürgen Schlechter from April 2, 2020.

The Corona crisis – Isolation and Egoism

Online lecture by Mag. Christian Wehrschütz from March 30, 2020, who considered the topic particularly from a Central European point of view.

Corona – a virus is changing our world

Online lecture of DI Dr. Klaus Woltron from March 24, 2020.

A military museum polarizes!

Paneuropa, the Order of St. George and the UEHMG conducted a detailed interview at the beginning of March 2020 with Dr. Christian Ortner, the director of the Museum of Military History, about the current situation around the museum.

2019

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HIRH Karl Habsburg-Lothringen opens the Maximilian Exhibition and the Sisi Pavilion

The Grand Master of the Order of St. George HIRH Karl Habsburg-Lorraine visited the city of Wels on 20 March to open the special exhibition “Maximilian I. Emperor – Reformer – Human Being” in the Castle’s City Museum and the redesigned Sisi Pavilion in the Lichtenegg Castle Park.

Zurich: A new delegation emerges

On 8 March 2019, for the first time friars and interested persons of the future delegation Liechtenstein/Switzerland/Vorarlberg and Alsace met in Zurich.

Order Day in Salzburg

Under bright sunshine, around 350 knights and dames of the Order of St. George gathered on the Residenzplatz in front of the Salzburg Cathedral on October 26, 2019.

Chapter meeting: The year 2020 is all about freedom

In the year 2020 the Order will “focus on the concept of freedom”, underlined our Grand Master HIRH Karl von Habsburg at the beginning of the open chapter meeting in the Knights’ Hall of the Residenz in Salzburg.

Ways out of the crisis – discussion on Europe’s future

Despite all the successes of the European Union, the union of states has not come out of its permanent crisis since 2008. All participants in the discussion “Europe – quo vadis?”, which took place in Salzburg on the eve of the Day of the Order, agreed on this.

Why cash is so important

Cash is an indispensable part of everyday life and also fulfils an important educational function, as Dr. Gerhard Starsich, General Director of the Austrian Mint, emphasised in a lecture on October 2, 2019.

Panel discussion “Valuable & Value-Packed Austria – What really matters”

At the height of the election campaign for the National Council elections in Austria, the Order of St. George invited to the Palais Wertheim on September 23, 2019 to a panel discussionin in which high-profile representatives of five parties participated.

ÖBB, Sub Auspiciis seal and wonderful weather

A prominent Austrian manager was a guest at Vienna’s Schönbrunn commandry on June 17, 2019: Andreas Matthä, Chairman of the Board of ÖBB-Holding AG.

Anniversary event in London

Zur diesjährigen Jubiläumsveranstaltung der britischen Komturei in London am 14. und 15. Juni 2019, reisten neben den Rittern und Damen vieler Komtureien und Delegationen auch der Stellvertretende Großmeister SKKH Erzherzog Georg an.

A solemn beginning of the commandry Tschechien

At Nimerice Castle, half an hour north of Prague, the first ceremonial meeting of the recently appointed commandry Tschechien took place in Budapest.

Opening of the exhibition “Battle and Fate” in Jedenspeigen

The Order of St. George was prominently represented at this opening, led by our Deputy Grandmaster Archduke Georg and Procurator Baron Vinzenz von Stimpfl-Abele.

Inauguration of the Order’s premises in Bratislava

On the early evening of 13 May, our Slovak brothers – former Prime Minister Jan Carnogursky, Boris Bartho and Oliver Andrassy – invited to Bratislava to the traditional restaurant “Leberfinger” of the former Minister of State Lubomir Roman.

Meeting of the Commandery Slovenia

On the 7thof May we had the honor to welcome our Procurator of the Order of Saint George, Baron Vinzenz von Stimpfl-Abele, in the circle of our Commandery.

Support for the Hungarian parish Horvátzsidány

With the help of the International Red Cross, Knight Elemer Huller and Dame Marina Huller of the Order have organized two nursing beds for a Hungarian parish in Horvátzsidány near Köszeg.

Order convent in Budapest – „It needs the strength of Central Europe“

The Convention took place on Order Day, April 27, 2019, in Hungary at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

A particularly festive Order Day in Budapest

Budapest, Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m.: A powerful Archduke Albrecht march opened the Order Day in front of St. Stephen’s Baslika.

Georgs-Seminar 2019 – Maximilian I in many different perspectives

This year’s Georgs-Seminar, organized in cooperation with the Institute for Religion and Peace and the Rectorate of St. George’s Cathedral, took place on April 24, 2019 under the sign of Emperor Maximilian I, whose 500th anniversary of death was celebrated this year on January 12.

Panel discussion: Valueable Europe

On March 20, 2019, over 100 Dames, Knights and friends of the Order of St. George gathered at Palais Wertheim to discuss the value of values in relation to the upcoming European elections.

300th anniversary of the founding of the Free Port of Trieste by Emperor Charles VI.

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Free Port of Trieste by Emperor Charles VI, on March 17, 2019 the Italian Commandery, under the proven leadership of Commander Dr Massimiliano Lacota, excellently organised a commemoration in Trieste.

Workshop on Current Challenges of the Order

The first meeting of the Hohensalzburg Commandery this year dealt with some important challenges of the Order. It was a longer information and work meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg.

Commemoration of Andreas Hofer

At the Andreas Hofer memorial service on February 17, 2019 in Aufhofen, near Bruneck, the Order of St. George was also represented by our Honorary Procurator Norbert Freiherr van Handel.

Three-Wise-Men Meeting

On January 21, 2019 the Three-Wise-Men meeting of the Order of St. George took place again this year in the town hall in Korneuburg. More than 70 Dames and Knights of the St. George Order accepted the invitation of the Commandery Niederösterreich-Heldenberg in the festival hall of the city of Korneuburg.

A successful soirée with small innovations

For the second time, the Soirée of the Vienna Commanderies took place on January 19, 2019 at the Vienna Grand Hotel, and for the second time the event was completely sold out.

500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I.

The rush was enormous. Knights and Dames from near and far travelled to St. George’s Cathedral in Wiener Neustadt on January 12, 2019 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I on this Saturday afternoon.

Commemoration of the Roman-German Emperor in Italy

The Italian Commandery organised the first commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I on Saturday January 12,2019 in Cormons.

Speech at the reception of the Order of St. George of ambassador Dr. Johannes Peterlik

Keynote speech on Central Europe at the reception of the Order of St. George on January 10, 2019.

2018

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Order day in Zagreb

The fact that the Order of St. George held its religious day in Zagreb almost exactly a hundred years to the day after the constitutional relations between Croatia and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy had ended, increased the symbolic power of the event enormously.

Emperor Karl commemorate in Biedermannsdorf

In the commemorative year 2018, a Kaiser Karl Memorial Mass was held in Biedermannsdorf on October 21, followed by the laying of a wreath in front of the Kaiser Karl Chapel.

Relic deposit in Alsace

On October 20 and 21, 2019, the ceremony of the solemn inauguration of a relic of the blessed Emperor Charles was celebrated on Mount Odile near Strasbourg.

Commandry meeting on October 17, 2018

Mag.Christoph Neumayer, General Secretary of the Federation of Industry, gave a lecture on Austria as a welcomed partner in the Balkans during the committees meeting on October 17, 2018.

Central European Security Conference

On May 15, 2018, the “First Central European Security Conference” took place, in which several ministers and numerous diplomats from Central European countries took part.

Stylish dinner after the Central European Security Conference

The “First Central European Security Conference” ended on May 15, 2018 in the beautiful rooms of the Grand Hotel – thanks to Horst Mayer, the director of the Grand Hotel and Knight of the Order of St. George.

Order day in Vienna

At the Order day on April 21, 2018 in Vienna, four personalities were named Knights of Honor as part of the festive investiture.

Order Convention in Vienna

“Habsburg is not the past, but Habsburg is the future!” – A report from the Jubilee Convention in Vienna on April 20, 2018.

10th Emperors Ball in Korneuburg

SKKH Karl von Habsburg made the anniversary edition of the Kaiserball in Korneuburg at the beginning of February 2018 a special one.