Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

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Princess Astrid
Archduchess of Austria-Este (more)
Archduchess Astrid.jpg
Archduchess Astrid making an address in Laos in 2009
Spouse Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
Issue Prince Amedeo
Princess Maria Laura
Prince Joachim
Princess Luisa Maria
Princess Laetitia Maria
Full name
Astrid Joséphine-Charlotte Fabrizia Elisabeth Paola Marie
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
(by birth)
House of Austria-Este (by marriage)
Father Albert II of Belgium
Mother Paola Ruffo di Calabria
Born (1962-06-05) 5 June 1962 (age 52)
Château de Belvédère, Laeken, Belgium
Styles of
Princess Astrid,
Archduchess of Austria-Este
Royal Monogram of Princess Astrid of Belgium.svg
Reference style Her Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (born 5 June 1962) is the second child of King Albert II and Queen Paola, and is the sister of the current Belgian monarch, King Philippe. She is the wife of Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, head of the Austria-Este branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

Biography[edit]

Princess Astrid was born at the Château de Belvédère, near Laeken, and was named for her paternal grandmother, Astrid of Sweden, the popular first wife of Leopold III of Belgium. Her godparents were her uncle Fabrizio, Prince Ruffo di Calabria-Santapau, 7th Duke di Guardia Lombarda and her aunt Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Princess Astrid married Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, the head of the Archducal House of Austria-Este, on 22 September 1984 at Brussels.[1][2] Lorenz is the eldest son of the late Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este (1915–1996), and his wife Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta (born in 1930).[2] Her husband was also created Prince of Belgium by Royal Decree on 27 November 1995.[2]

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz have five children, who bear the title "Prince/Princess of Belgium" (in each of the three official languages) as members of the Belgian royal family and Archduke/Archduchess of Austria:[1][2]

Astrid is also godmother to Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg and Prince Gaston of Orléans.

Royal role[edit]

Astrid was formerly President of the Belgian Red Cross,[2] a position which ended on 31 December 2007. She declined to stand again for election to the role in light of internal struggles in the organization in reconciling its French-speaking and Flemish branches, each of which seeks greater autonomy. The princess is also a colonel in the Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. Her official residence is the Royal Palace of Laeken in Brussels.[2]

She is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee.[3]

Upon her brother's ascension to the throne, Princess Astrid will take on some duties previously conducted by Philippe as the Honorary chairman of the board of the Foreign Trade Agency with his wife, Queen Mathilde. Princes Astrid will then fulfill international trips to Angola, South Africa, India and Russia to promote Belgian trade.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium (1962–present)
  • Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (1984–1996)
  • Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este (1996–present)

She has held the title "Princess of Belgium" from birth under Belgian law.[2] As wife of the Archduke of Austria-Este,[2] internationally or depending on the situation, she is also accorded the traditional title "Archduchess of Austria-Este" or, more formally, is addressed as HI&RH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este.

Her children by Archduke Lorenz bear the titles "Prince(ss) of Belgium"[2] by Belgian decree of 2 December 1991, in addition to their Austrian titles borne by tradition, "Archduke/Archduchess of Austria".[1][2]

Arms[edit]

Arms of Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Crowned Arms of a Princess of Belgium.svg
Notes
Gustaaf Janssens, Archivist of the Royal Palace, confirms that HRH Princess Astrid's coat of arms as Princess of Belgium consist of the gold lion on a black background on a lozenge ensigned with the royal crown.[citation needed]
Escutcheon
Sable a lion rampant Or armed and langued Gules.
French : De sable au lion d'or armé et lampassé de gueules

Military Ranks[edit]

OF-4 BEL Med comp Luitenant-kolonel.gif OF-5 BEL Med comp Kolonel.gif
1997 2003

Honours[edit]

Dual Cypher of Princess Astrid and The Archduke of Austria-Este

See also : List of state visits & List of honours of the Belgian Royal Family by country

Belgian Honours[edit]

Foreign Honours[edit]

Ribbon Country Decoration References
GER Bundesverdienstkreuz 7 Grosskreuz.svg Germany Germany Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany [8][9]
HUN Order of Merit of the Hungarian Rep (civil) 1class BAR.svg Hungary Hungary Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Civilian Class (2008) [10]
LUX Order of Adolphe Nassau Grand Cross BAR.png Luxembourg Luxembourg Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (2007) [11]
Order of the Crown (Netherlands).svg Netherlands Netherlands Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (2006) [12]
Den kongelige norske fortjenstorden storkors stripe.svg Norway Norway Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (20/05/2003) [13][14][15]
PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Cross BAR.png Portugal Portugal Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (08/03/2006) [16][17][18]
Order of Civil Merit (Spain) GC.svg Spain Spain Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (12/05/2000) [19][20]
SWE Order of the Polar Star (after 1975) - Commander Grand Cross BAR.png Sweden Sweden Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star [21]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 44-45,50. French
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Furstlicher Hauser Bande XVI, C.A. Starke Verlag, Haus Osterreich, Limburg, 2001, pp. 91–92. German
  3. ^ "Honorary Board". IPC. 
  4. ^ Le Soir, Article (French) announcing the rank
  5. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Article evoking Princess Astrid & Prince Laurent
  6. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Article evoking Princess Astrid , last section "Mon colonel !"
  7. ^ Photo during Prince Frederick of Denmark's wedding from Zimbio website - ribbon : Grand Crest Ordre de Leopold.png
  8. ^ Photo by Seger Press
  9. ^ Belga Pictures, State visit of President Herzog in Belgium (1998), Group Photo
  10. ^ Princess Astrid at the Belgium Hungary state visit gala dinner - website Belga Pictures
  11. ^ Princess Astrid wearing the Order of Adolphe of Nassau - website Belga Pictures
  12. ^ Princess Astrid wearing the Order of the Crown - website Belga Pictures
  13. ^ Princess Astrid wearing the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit - website Knowing The Royals
  14. ^ [1] - official website of The Belgian Monarchy
  15. ^ Kongehuset
  16. ^ Princess Astrid wearing the Order of Prince Henry - website of the Ducal House of Modena
  17. ^ Princess Astrid during the state visit of the Hungarian president - website of The Belgian Monarchy
  18. ^ CIDADÃOS ESTRANGEIROS AGRACIADOS COM ORDENS PORTUGUESAS
  19. ^ Photo from the website of Belga Picture : Official visit of King Juan Carlos & Queen Sofia to Belgium in 2001
  20. ^ Boletín Oficial del Estado
  21. ^ [2] - website PeriScope

External links[edit]

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Cadet branch of the House of Wettin
Born: 5 June 1962
Belgian royalty
Preceded by
Princess Eléonore of Belgium
Line of succession to the Belgian throne
5th position
Succeeded by
Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria