Principality of Habsburg
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PRINCIPALITY OF HABSBURG
The County (later Principality) of Habsburg never formed part of Austria-Hungary, but was part of The Holy Roman Empire and is now in Switzerland. The Dukes of Austria, later emperors of Austria-Hungary, however, were from the Habsburg dynasty. Habsburg was first mentioned in 1020 as a castle. The Habsburg family rapidly became one of the most powerful families in Europe, after acquiring Austria and later also Bohemia and Hungary.The first use of a lion as the arms of Habsburg dates from 1186. Ever since the lion has been the arms of the County and the family.
The arms in 1530
The arms in the Wapen- en Vlaggenboek van Gerrit Hesman (1708)
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