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Princess Astrid of Belgium

Princess Astrid of Belgium
Archduchess of Austria-Este (more)

Spouse Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
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 (patrilineal)
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

Belgian Royal Family

HM The King
HM The Queen

HM King Albert II
HM Queen Paola

HM Queen Fabiola
HRH Princess Léa
HRH Princess Marie-Christine
HRH Princess Marie-Esméralda

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


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. She 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.

Marriage and issue

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:[2][1]

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

Royal role

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 of the 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

  • 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 bears the title "Princess of Belgium" since 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 Austrian titles borne by tradition, "Archduke/Archduchess of Austria"[1][2]


Military Ranks

1997 2003


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

Belgian Honours

Foreign Honours

Ribbon Country Decoration References
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany [8][9]
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Civilian Class (2008) [10]
Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (2007) [11]
Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (2006) [12]
Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (20/05/2003) [13][14][15]
Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (08/03/2006) [16][17][18]
Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (12/05/2000) [19][20]
Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star [21]



External links

  • Official Belgian Monarchy Website – Princess Astrid
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
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