Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (Amedeo Marie Joseph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano, born 21 February 1986) is a member of the Belgian Royal Family. He is the heir to the headship of the House of Austria-Este, a cadet branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and is sixth in line to the throne of Belgium.
Birth and family
Amedeo was born at the University Clinic St. Luc, Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium the first child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. His godparents are his uncle, King Philippe of Belgium and maternal grandmother, Queen Paola of Belgium. Amedeo himself is godfather to his cousin, the Duchess of Brabant. Amedeo has one younger brother Joachim (b. 1991) and three younger sisters: Maria Laura (b. 1988), Luisa Maria (b. 1995) and Laetitia Maria (b. 2003).
Education and career
He undertook primary school and the greater part of his secondary education at the strict Jesuit school Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (founded 1604) in Brussels, popular with Belgian aristocracy and royalty. He finished his secondary education at Sevenoaks School in Kent, England between 2001 and 2004. Having finished his studies in Sevenoaks, the prince spent a year in the Koninklijke Militaire School / École Royale Militaire (Royal Military Academy) of Belgium. In September 2005 he began studies at the London School of Economics, where he graduated in 2008 with a "Bachelor of Science (BSc), Management", and took a sabbatical before entering professional life.
He worked as a Research Analyst Intern at Accumulus Capital Management, LLC (august - december 2012).
On 15 February 2014, the Belgian Royal Court announced the engagement of Prince Amedeo to Elisabetta 'Lili' Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein.  Elisabetta was born in Rome on 9 September 1987, the only daughter of Italian film producer Nobile Ettore Rosboch von Wolkenstein and his wife, Countess Lilia Smecchia, also a film producer.
Since 2009, Elisabetta has worked for Bloomberg News' cultural section.
Succession to the Belgian throne
In 1991 he obtained, along with his mother and younger siblings, succession rights to the Belgian throne. In 1993 his maternal grandfather acceded to the throne as King Albert II and he became third in Belgium's line of succession, following his uncle Philippe, Duke of Brabant, and his mother. Upon Philippe's marriage in 1999 the prospect of Amedeo inheriting the throne substantially diminished, and the birth of a daughter and dynastic heir to Philippe in 2001 dropped his place in the order of succession down to fourth and, eventually to seventh, following the birth of Princess Eleonore, the youngest of Philippe's children.
The abdication on 21 July 2013 of his grandfather King Albert II of the Belgians promoted him to sixth in line to the throne.
The announcement of his engagement occurred in February 2014. No royal decree expressing dynastic authorisation for his marriage was officially gazetted in the Moniteur Belge prior to his 5 July 2014 wedding, as foreseen in Article 85 of the Belgian Constitution, nor has a subsequent official communication on the matter been issued. A commentator on the military parade for La Une on 21 July 2014 (Belgian National Day) explained that no royal authorisation was announced because Amedeo intentionally chose not to request permission to marry, and therefore Amedeo is no longer to be considered in the line of succession, however that interpretation has been confirmed by neither the royal household nor government.
Titles and styles
- 21 February 1986 – 2 December 1991: His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Amedeo of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
- 2 December 1991 – 7 February 1996: His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
- 7 February 1996 – present: His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
All the children of Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz, bear the title "Prince(ss) of Belgium" by Belgian Royal Decree of 2 December 1991, distinct from their traditional Austro-Hungarian titles, i.e. "Archduke/Archduchess of Austria-Este, Prince(ss) Imperial of Austria, Prince(ss) Royal of Hungary". Internationally his abbreviated style is HI&RH Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este.
- 9 September 1987 - 5 July 2014: Nobila Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein
- 5 July 2014 – present: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
- 2004-2005 Royal Military Academy (Social & Military Sciences)
- September 2005 – September 2007: Belgian Land Component, Warrant-Officer as Candidate-officer (Adjudant Candidat-Officier), after his formation at Royal Military Academy
- September 2007 – : Belgian Land Component, Second lieutenant (as a Reserve officer) of the Regiment Carabiniers Prins Boudewijn – Grenadiers
|Ancestors of Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkentein|
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XVI. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2001. pp. 90–91, 524–529. ISBN 3-7980-0824-8.
- Regine N. "La rentrée scolaire des petits-enfants du Roi Albert II" 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
- Prince Amedeo's LinkedIn profile
-  Announcement of the engagement.
- Broadcast "Place Royale", RTL-TVI, Facebook info
- Prins Amedeo en Lili trouwen in de zon
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XIX. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2011. pp. 6–8. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
- RTBF, La Une, Belgian National Day military parade, 21 July 2014 afternoon
- Belgian Defense Website, Prince Amedeo's officer swear on 27 september 2007, Photos 1, 2, 3
Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-EsteBorn: 21 February 1986
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Archduchess Maria Laura
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