Prince Lorenz of Belgium

Prince Lorenz
Archduke of Austria-Este (more)

Prince Lorenz at the wedding of the Crown Princess of Sweden in 2010
Head of House of Austria-Este
Period 7 February 1996 – present
Predecessor Robert
Spouse Princess Astrid of Belgium
Prince Amedeo
Princess Maria Laura
Prince Joachim
Princess Luisa Maria
Princess Laetitia Maria
Full name
Lorenz Otto Carl Amadeus Thadeus Maria Pius Andreas Marcus d'Aviano
House House of Austria-Este
Father Archduke Robert of Austria-Este
Mother Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta
Born (1955-12-16) 16 December 1955 (age 58)
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

Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (born 16 December 1955) is a member of the Belgian Royal Family. Since 1996 he is also head of the House of Austria-Este, the branch of the formerly Imperial Austrian House of Habsburg-Lorraine which reigned over the Duchy of Modena until 1859.

Early life and marriage

Prince Lorenz was born in Clinique du Belvédère, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as the second child of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este and of Archduchess Margaret, née Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta.

On 22 September 1984 in Brussels, Lorenz married Princess Astrid of Belgium, the only daughter of the then Prince and Princess of Liège, former King Albert II and Queen Paola. The couple have five children:

Education and career

After finishing school, Archduke Lorenz made his military service in the regiment of Gebirgsjäger (Alpine Hunters) of the Federal Austrian Army and was promoted as Reserve "Leutnant" (Second Lieutenant) in 1980.[1]
Lorenz studied economics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He worked at various banks in London, Paris, and Rome. In 1983 he joined the Gutzwiller private bank in Basel where he eventually became a Managing Partner. In 1993, he spent one year as a consultant to Swift, a company which provides services to the financial industry. In 1995, he became Advisor to the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Bank in Paris. He is currently a director of UCB, a global pharmaceutical manufacturer.[2] He was formerly a director of Sita (a worldwide waste management company located in France) and of Ondeo Nalco (a water management company in the United States).[3]


Since 2004, Lorenz has been the honorary president of the Council of the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden van België/Association Royale des Demeures Historiques de Belgique.[4] Since 2005, he has been the Patron of Europae Thesauri, an association of European cathedral and church treasuries.[5]

Lorenz has also served as deputy chairman of the Société des Amis of the Almanach de Gotha.[6]

Titles and styles

  • His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary (1955–1995)
  • His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary (1995–1996)

As head of the House of "Croatia and Bohemia".

The Este suffix descended by male primogeniture and is borne by Lorenz and his successors as heads of the Austria-Este cadet branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.[7][8] The title "Prince of Belgium" was granted to him by Royal Decree of 10 November 1995 by his father-in-law, King Albert II of the Belgians.[10] Depending on the situation, Lorenz is thus legally and formally styled HRH Prince Lorenz of Belgium, or internationally otherwise HI&RH Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este or simply HI&RH The Archduke of Austria-Este.

His children by Princess Astrid bear the titles "Prince(ss) of Belgium" – by Belgian decree of 2 December 1991, in addition to their traditional Austrian titles -, "Archduke/Archduchess of Austria, Prince(ss) Imperial of Austria, Prince(ss) Royal of Hungary".


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

Ribbon Country Decoration References
Belgian order
(Orders) Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold [11]
Foreign orders
Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany [12]
(Orders) Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (2007) [13]
(Orders) Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (2006) [14]
(Orders) Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (20/05/2003) [15] [16][17]
(Orders) Grand Cross of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique (08/03/2006) [18]
(Orders) Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (12/05/2000) [19][20]
(Orders) Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star [21]
Dynastic orders bestowed by non-reigning heads
Austrian Empire Austria Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Habsburg-Lorraine)
Montenegro Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I of Montenegro (Petrović-Njegoš)

Military ranks



External links

  • Official Belgian Monarchy Website – Prince Lorenz
Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
Cadet branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Born: 16 December 1955
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Archduke Robert
Archduke of Austria-Este
1996 – present
Archduke Amedeo
Duke of Modena
1996 – present
Austro-Hungarian royalty
Preceded by
Archduke Károly-Konstantin
Line of succession to the Austro-Hungarian throne
4th position
Succeeded by
Archduke Amedeo