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On Friday, 2 December, an investiture ceremony of distinguished Knights and Dames took place at the beautiful basilica “Zu den Neun Chören der Engel, Am Hof” in Vienna.

The solemn celebration was presided over by His Excellence the Most Reverend Monsignor Alois Schwarz, Bishop of St. Pölten, assisted by Father Richard Hansl and Deacon Lukas Albert. The Bishop blessed the Constantinian Insignia on behalf of the Grand Prior, while the Vice Delegate Alexander Rudolf Babinek, Esq. together with H.S.H. Prince Viktor Thurn und Taxi and the Commander Wolfgang Breitenthaler-Breitenthal proceeded to present the diplomas to the new Knights and Dames.

Numerous Knights and Dames received their investiture, including H.R.H. Archduchess Maria Camilla of Habsburg-Lorraine, as well as promotions and the conferring of the Royal Order of Francis I. The Bishop presided over the Investiture rite, followed by the celebration of the Eucharist, as required by the official ritual of the Constantinian Order.

The ceremony was attended by the Ecclesiastical, Civil and Military Authorities; for the honorary representation of K.Ö.St.V. Kürnberg Wien and of the Association of Catholic Students.

After the ceremony, a convivial reception and gala dinner were held at the Wiener Renn-Verein Club.

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