K.u.K. HRM Official Order No. 6
Members of the K.u.K. HRM:
- In October of 1937, a fifteen year old American boy of Bavarian descent received a letter from the Count von Trauttmansdorff, in response to a request for an autographed photograph of His Imperial Majesty Emperor and King Otto, in which he was told that such portraits were only given “to honor and thank those who have gained extraordinary merits for His House and in service to His cause.”
- Thus inspired, Herbert Joseph Hinkel, the Freiherr von Mühlbauer, began his lifelong quest of service to the Imperial and Royal House of Austria. After serving in the United States Army (drafted in 1942) he founded The Restoration Association in New York City, dedicated to promoting the cause of the House of Hapsburg in the United States of America. During this time he established contacts with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, and American President Herbert Hoover. He worked tirelessly to gain recognition for an Imperial Danubian Confederation as a counter to the terror of Communism in Central Europe.
- A lifelong correspondent of His Imperial and Royal Majesty Emperor Otto, Herbert Hinkel to the very day of his death remained convinced of the eventuality of Austrian Restoration, and the continued role of the Imperial House in the modern world (indeed even eventually receiving the requested photograph signed Otto von Österreich). A devout and faithful Catholic, in 1986 he received the Knighthood of Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, under the Grand Master Francisco de Borbón y Borbón. Descended from the Bavarian Freiherren von Mühlbauer, his nobility was nevertheless primarily the Nobility of Virtuous character and purpose. However his honorable life and mission was cut short in 1994 by a tragic automobile accident. His valiant efforts were never forgotten by his majesty Otto, the exiled and unrecognized Emperor-King to whom Herbert Hinkel devoted his lifelong service.
- In light of his loyalty, valour, and extraordinary merits, the decision has been reached by the Knights’ Council of the K.u.K. HRM to award posthumously the title of Honorary Knight Commander of the Hapsburg Restoration Movement to Herbert Hinkel von Mühlbauer, Knight of the Order of Saint Lazarus in Jerusalem.
-Ritter von Donau, Knight Commander HRM