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 Habsburg-Lorraine, and was sixth in line to the throne of Belgium at the time of his marriage.
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. He bears the same given name as his paternal great-grandfather Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta. His godparents are his uncle, King Philippe of Belgium and maternal grandmother, Queen Paola of Belgium. Amedeo himself is godfather to his cousin, the Princess Elisabeth, 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 Belgium's Royal Military Academy. 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.
From July 2009 to June 2012, he worked for Deloitte in New York City as a business analyst from July 2009 to June 2011 and as a management consultant in strategy and operations from July 2011 to June 2012.
He worked as a research analyst intern at Accumulus Capital Management, LLC from August through December 2012.
Elisabetta was born in Rome on 9 September 1987, the only daughter of Italian film producer Nob. Ettore Rosboch von Wolkenstein, heir to a pharmaceutical fortune from his Austrian mother, and his wife Countess Lilia Smecchia, also a film producer. Elisabetta's godfather and uncle was the so-called "editor prince" Don Carlo Caracciolo, 9th Prince di Castagneto and 4th Duke di Melito who, with Donna Marella Caracciolo, wife of Fiat tycoon Gianni Agnelli, are Ettore´s half-siblings, all children of Don Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, Elisabetta's grandfather (although Elisabetta´s paternal grandmother, née Baroness Elisabeth von Jaworski von Wolkenstein, was the widow of Nob. Ettore Rosboch when her son Ettore was born to Don Filippo, Carlo and Marella were born of his only marriage - to American heiress Margaret Clarke - excluding Elisabetta's father from inheriting the Caracciolo surname and titles). In 2008 Don Carlo left Elisabetta and her father US$1 million in his will. Through the Italian ducal families of Caracciolo and Ruffo (to the latter of which Amedeo's maternal grandmother, Queen Paola, belongs by birth), Amedeo and Elisabetta both descend from Giuseppe Tiberio Ruffo, Count of Sinopoli (1627-1683), while through German princely dynasties their most recent common ancestor is Franz Albrecht I, Prince of Oettingen-Spielberg (1663-1737). Since 2009, Elisabetta has worked for Bloomberg News' cultural section.
The couple's wedding was celebrated on 5 July 2014 in Rome's Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere, in the presence of the Royal Family of Belgium (with the exception of Dowager Queen Fabiola), as well as members of the cadet branches of the House of Habsburg, including the bridegroom's grandmother, Margherita of Savoy, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este, and members of other dynasties, including Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, Princess Beatrice of York and Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon. The couple were planning to relocate in Belgium after the wedding.
Succession to the Belgian throne
In 1991 Amedeo 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 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 the prince 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, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia
- 2 December 1991 – present: His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria, 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.
- 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
- "Haus Österreich". Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XVI. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2001. pp. 87, 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.
- Colacello, Bob. Vanity Fair. Inheritance Italian Style. December 2009. Accessed 31 July 2014.
- "Caracciolo". Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band III. Glücksburg/Ostsee: C. A. Starke Verlag. 1955. pp. 297, 302–303.
- vtm. Royalty. Vriendin prins Amedeo is verre nicht. 20 January 2014. Accessed 24 March 2015. (Flemish).
- "Why European Royalty and Aristocrats are flocking to New York".
- Broadcast "Place Royale", RTL-TVI, Facebook info
- Prins Amedeo en Lili trouwen in de zon
- Villa, Elisabetta. Getty Images. Wedding of Prince Amedeo of Belgium and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein. Getty Images Entertainment. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- 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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