Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este

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Prince Amedeo
Prince of Belgium,
Archduke of Austria-Este (more)
Full name
Amedeo Marie Joseph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano
House House of Austria-Este
Father Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este
Mother Princess Astrid of Belgium
Born (1986-02-21) 21 February 1986 (age 28)
Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
Styles of
Prince Amedeo of Belgium
Lorenz et Astrid de Belgique.svg
Reference style His Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Monseigneur

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,[1] a cadet branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and is sixth in line to the throne of Belgium.

Birth and family[edit]

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.[1] 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).

In 1991 he obtained, along with his mother and younger siblings, succession rights to the Belgian throne.[2] 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 eventually 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 later to sixth.

Education and career[edit]

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 his studies at the London School of Economics. He graduated from the LSE in 2008,[3] and took a sabbatical before entering professional life.

Prince Amedeo completed military service and is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army.

From 2009 to 2012, he worked for Deloitte in New York City.

Personal life[edit]

On 15 February 2014, the Belgian Royal Court announced the engagement of Prince Amedeo to Mademoiselle Elisabetta 'Lili' Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein. [4] Elisabetta is the only daughter of Italian film producer Nobile Ettore Rosboch von Wolkenstein[5] and his wife, Countess Lilia de Smecchia, also film producer.[6] Since 2009, Elisabetta has worked in the cultural section of Bloomberg News.

The couple plan to marry on 3 July 2014 in Rome.[7]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 21 February 1986 – 2 December 1991: His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Amedeo of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary
  • 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
  • 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, this in addition to their traditional Austro-Hungarian titles,[1] 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.

Military ranks[edit]

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Ancestry[1][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Regine N. "La rentrée scolaire des petits-enfants du Roi Albert II" 29 August 2008. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
  4. ^ [1] Announcement of the engagement.
  5. ^ Imdb
  6. ^ Imdb
  7. ^ Prins Amedeo en Lili trouwen in de zon
  8. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Prince Amedeo's officer swear on 27 september 2007, Photos 1, 2, 3

External links[edit]

Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
Born: 21 February 1986
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Archduchess of Austria-Este
Line of succession to the Belgian throne
6th position
Succeeded by
Archduchess Maria Laura
Preceded by
The Archduke of Austria-Este
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
5th position
Succeeded by
Archduke Joachim
First in line Line of succession to Austria-Este
1st position