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Archduke Christoph & Archduchess Adélaïde Expecting First Child

  September 21, 2014 at 7:27 pm by

It has been announced that Archduke Christoph of Austria and his wife, Archduchess Adélaïde of Austria (née Drapé-Frisch), are expecting their first child together, which is due at the end of 2014. The baby will be the seventh great-grandchild for Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Archduke Christoph is the second eldest son and third eldest child of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and his wife, Archduchess Marie Astrid (née Princess … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day

  July 22, 2014 at 6:03 am by

The Belgian Royal Family celebrated National Day this past days. The celebrations started on Sunday July 20 when King Philippe and Queen Mathilde along with Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire attended the concert “Prelude to National Day” which took plac at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels hosted by the Queen Elizabeth and the National Orchestra of Belgium. Later on, the King and the Queen were … Continue reading

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Princess Beatrice Attends Belgian Royal Wedding

  July 7, 2014 at 3:57 am by

On July 5, Princess Beatrice attended the wedding of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta “Lili” von Rosboch von Wolkenstein. The wedding took place at the Santa Maria Trastevere Basilica in Rome, Italy. Also amongst the guests was Lavinia Borromeo, the half-sister of Beatrice Borromeo, who herself is the girlfriend of Pierre Casiraghi, Prince Albert II of Monaco’s nephew. The whole Belgian Royal Family attended as well … Continue reading

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On This Day: Interment of the Assassinated Archduke

  July 4, 2014 at 11:30 pm by

The assassinated heir to the Austrian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and his wife Sophie were interred into the crypt at Artstetten Castle on July 4, 1914. Following their deaths in Sarajevo on June 28, the Austrian Imperial Court arranged for the couple’s bodies to be transported by the battleship SMS Viribus Unitis to Trieste, Italy on June 30, before their final journey to Vienna was undertaken by train. Franz Ferdinand … Continue reading

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On This Day: Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

  June 28, 2014 at 6:00 am by

Today marks the 100th anniversary of an assassination that changed the course of world history: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Political, ethnic and religious differences emanating out of a diverse Empire led to boiling tensions which came to a head in mid-1914. The Archduke was scheduled by Emperor Franz Joseph to visit military manoeuvres in Bosnia in June 1914, and Franz Ferdinand decided to … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid of Belgium Turns 52

  June 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrates her 52nd birthday on June 5th. The Princess is the only sister of King Philippe of Belgium and was born in 1962, the second child and only daughter of the future King Albert II and Queen Paola. The Princess was named in honour of her father’s mother, the tragic Astrid of Sweden, who was killed in 1935. The Princess was baptised Astrid Josephine Charlotte … Continue reading

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Archduchess Marie-Astrid Turns Sixty

  February 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm by

Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria today marks her sixtieth birthday. The Archduchess was born a Princess of Luxembourg in 1954. The eldest child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and his wife, Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, Marie-Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Élisabeth Anne Alberte was born at Betzdorf Castle in east Luxembourg, her parents’ residence. Her four siblings – Henri, Jean, Margaretha and Guillaume – were also born at the … Continue reading

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Belgium’s Prince Amedeo Engaged

  February 15, 2014 at 7:16 am by

The Belgian Royal Court has announced the engagement of Prince Amedeo to Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein. “Their Royal Highnesses Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz announce with great pleasure the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince Amedeo with Miss Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein,” the official statement provided to the Belgian press read. Photos and a video of the engaged couple are expected to be released tomorrow. Prince Amedeo is the eldest son … Continue reading

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Prince Joachim of Belgium Turns 22

  December 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm by

December 9th, 2013 Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este celebrated his 22nd birthday on December 9th. The Prince is the eldest son of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Currently the Prince is 8th in the Belgian line of succession. Most recently Prince Joachim attended the abdication ceremony of his grandfather, Albert II, and enthronement ceremony of his uncle, King Philippe, in July of this … Continue reading

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It’s a Girl for Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen

  November 16, 2013 at 7:01 pm by

Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen of Austria welcomed their first child, a girl, on November 11, 2013. The little Archduchess’s full name is Maria Stella. Archduke Imre was born on December 8, 1985 and is the eldest son and second eldest child of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (himself the son of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria and Princess Yolande of Ligne) and his wife, Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, … Continue reading

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Princess Luisa Maria Turns Eighteen

  October 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm by

October 11th, 2013 Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 18th birthday on October 11th. The Princess, who is currently ninth in line to the Belgian throne, is the fourth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Princess Luisa Maria was born at the Clinique Saint Jean, Brussels in Belgium in 1995. Most recently the Princess attended the July abdication ceremony of … Continue reading

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Indian President Visits Belgium

  October 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm by

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has made an official visit to Belgium between October 2nd and 5th. This is the first official visit made by a President of India to Belgium. It follows the state visit made by King Albert and Queen Paola to India last year. The President was welcomed at Military Airport Melsbroek at Brussels by King Philippe. It was described as a rare gesture of His … Continue reading

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium Turns 25

  August 26, 2013 at 3:37 am by

Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este turned 25 years old on August 26. The Princess, who is the eldest daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium in 1988. Currently, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium is seventh in line to the Belgian throne. The Princess has attended many royal events, including the recent abdication ceremony of her grandfather, King … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2013 at 5:09 am by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an anniversary mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels on July 31st. The mass marked the 20th year since the death of the beloved King Baudouin in 1993. Attending the mass were King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, and Prince Laurent and his wife, Princess Claire. Following the mass, members … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid of Belgium Turns 51

  June 5, 2013 at 8:50 am by

June 5th, 2013 Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrates her 51st birthday on June 5th. The Princess is only daughter and second child of King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium. In September 1984 Princess Astrid married Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary and the couple now have five children. Currently, Princess Astrid is sixth in … Continue reading

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Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium Turns 10

  April 24, 2013 at 8:31 am by

Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 10th birthday on April 23rd. The Princess, who is currently eleventh in line to the Belgian throne, is the fifth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Her mother, Princess Astrid is the only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola of the Belgians. Princess Laetitia Maria has two … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Maria of Austria

  October 23, 2012 at 3:57 am by

On October 18th, 1558 Maria of Austria, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Aragon and Castile, Princess of Burgundy, Queen Dowager of Hungary and Bohemia and Imperial Regent of the Low Countries died at Cigales, north of Valladolid in Spain. Though largely forgotten by history, Maria (or Mary) was nonetheless an important figure in the politics of 16th century Europe, although she is somewhat overshadowed by her brothers, Holy Roman Emperors … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back: Marie-Astrid, Margaretha and Guillaume

  October 17, 2012 at 6:30 am by

The second-last entry in our ‘Luxembourg Royal Wedding Look-Back’ series is a triple-wedding treat: the entry looks at the weddings of Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg and His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Carl Christian of Austria, Her Royal Highness Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and His Serene Highness Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, and His Royal Highness Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Ms Sibilla Weiller. Previous entries focused on … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the Execution of Marie Antoinette

  October 17, 2012 at 2:29 am by

Yesterday marked the anniversary of Marie Antoinette’s execution. On October 16th, 1793, Marie Antoinette of Austria, former Queen of France, left her prison cell at the Conciergerie in Paris, where she had been imprisoned since August of that year, for the last time. Having been found guilty of treason by the Revolutionary Tribunal on October 14th, Marie Antoinette was condemned to death, her trial having been a complete farce. King … Continue reading

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Spanish Historical Royal of the Month: Joanna of Austria

  September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am by

Joanna, Archduchess of Austria, Infanta of Castile and Aragon, Princess of Burgundy was born in Madrid on the 24th of June 1535. Joanna was the second surviving daughter of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and Isabella of Portugal. In 1552, she was married to Infante João Manuel of Portugal and their only surviving child was the future King Sebastian of Portugal. Following the death of Infante João Manuel in 1554, … Continue reading

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