World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Article Id: WHEBN0000207634
Reproduction Date:

Title: Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Queen Paola of Belgium, Albert II of Belgium, Princess Eléonore of Belgium
Collection: 1962 Births, Archduchesses of Austria, Austrian People of Belgian Descent, Austrian Princesses, Belgian People of Italian Descent, Belgian People of Swedish Descent, Belgian Princesses, Commanders Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star, Grand Cordons of the Order of Leopold (Belgium), Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, Grand Crosses of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau, Grand Crosses of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Grand Crosses of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Civil), Grand Crosses of the Order of Prince Henry, Grand Crosses of the Order of the Crown (Netherlands), Grand Crosses of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, House of Habsburg-Lorraine, House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Belgium), Living People, People from Brussels
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este

Princess Astrid
Archduchess of Austria-Este (more)
Archduchess Astrid making an address in Laos in 2009
Born (1962-06-05) 5 June 1962
Château de Belvédère, Laeken, Belgium
Spouse Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (m. 1984)
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
Father Albert II
Mother Paola Ruffo di Calabria
Styles of
Princess Astrid,
Archduchess of Austria-Este
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 and only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola, and younger sister to the current Belgian monarch, King Philippe. She is also the wife of Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, head of the Austria-Este branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

Contents

  • Biography 1
    • Marriage and issue 1.1
  • Royal role 2
  • Titles and styles 3
  • Arms 4
  • Military Ranks 5
  • Honours 6
    • Belgian Honours 6.1
    • Foreign Honours 6.2
  • Ancestry 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Biography

Princess Astrid was born at the Château de Belvédère, near Laeken, and was named for her late paternal grandmother, Astrid of Sweden, the popular first wife of King Leopold III. 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

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 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

Astrid was formerly President of the Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. Her official residence is the Royal Palace of Laeken on the edge of 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 took 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 travelled to Angola, South Africa, India and Russia to promote Belgian trade.

Titles and styles

  • 5 June 1962 – 22 September 1984: Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium
  • 22 September 1984 – 7 February 1996: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
  • 7 February 1996 – present: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, the Archduchess of Austria-Este

She has held the title "Princess of Belgium" from birth under Belgian law.[2] By marriage to an archduke of the house of Austria-Este, she gained, in addition to her native title, the style "Imperial and Royal Highness" and the title "Archduchess of Austria-Este". Upon her husband's succeeding to the headship of his house in 1996, as wife of the Archduke of Austria-Este,[2] internationally or depending on the situation, she is also accorded the traditional title "Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Archduchess of Austria-Este" or, more formally, reflecting both her native and marital titles, 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

Arms of Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
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.
Escutcheon
Sable a lion rampant Or armed and langued Gules.
French : De sable au lion d'or armé et lampassé de gueules

Military Ranks

1997 2003

Honours

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

Foreign Honours

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

Ancestry

References

  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 :
  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. ^ [3] - 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. ^ [4] - website PeriScope

External links

  • Official Belgian Monarchy Website – Princess Astrid
Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
Born: 5 June 1962
Belgian royalty
Preceded by
Princess Eléonore of Belgium
Line of succession to the Belgian throne
5th position
Succeeded by
[Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.