Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The following people have competing claims to the throne of Jerusalem:

- King Juan Carlos of Spain

- Otto von Habsburg, a.k.a. Otto Habsburg-Lothringen, a.k.a. Archduke Otto of Austria, a.k.a. Franz Josef Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xavier Felix René Ludwig Gaetano Pius Ignazius von Habsburg, Member of European Parliament from 1979 to 1999.

- Victor Emmanuel, prince of Naples, current head of the House of Savoy, known to Italian monarchists as Vittorio Emanuele IV. (He seems like a bit of a jerk, frankly. Let's not give Jerusalem to him!)

- Carlo di Borbone, Duke of Calabria (pictured)

You'd think with all the time these people must have on their hands, they'd have sorted this stuff out by now. Unless.... unless it actually matters to them. Do you suppose?


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