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Battle of Messines Centenary Commemorated by Prince William and Princess Astrid

  June 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm by

At the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium on Wednesday, the Duke of Cambridge and Princess Astrid of Belgium commemorated 100 years of the Battle of Messines Ridge. The Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kelly, was also present. The Battle was the first where Irish soldiers from both the Unionist and Nationalists sides fought side-by-side. Prince William and Princess Astrid attended the commemoration service, before laying wreaths at the Round Tower in memory of … Continue reading

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On the Mend: Queen Paola Makes First Official Appearance Since Hip Surgery

  May 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm by

At the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken on Wednesday, Queen Paola of Belgium had her first official public engagement since she underwent hip surgery in February. She was joined by her daughter, Princess Astrid, for the diploma presentation of the Queen Paola Prize for Teaching. The awards are presented yearly under a different theme by La Fondation Reine Paola. This year’s theme was ‘Science, Math and Techno: A Key to Our Future!’ and is awarded … Continue reading

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The Running Princess: Astrid Completes Brussels 20km

  May 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm by

Belgium’s Princess Astrid took part in the 38th annual Brussels 20km on Sunday, completing the marathon in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds. 40,000 runners took part in this year’s race; which Princess Astrid ran for as an ambassador for the Belgian Paralympic Team. After she crossed the finish line, Astrid was congratulated by two of her daughters, Princesses Maria Laura and Laetitia Maria. The Princess was also responsible for … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Joins Birthday Celebrations For Archduchess Helene of Austria

  May 18, 2017 at 10:03 pm by

On one of her rare private night outs Thursday evening, Queen Elizabeth II attended a dinner at The Ivy in London to celebrate Archduchess Helene of Austria’s 80th birthday. The Queen, wearing a cream lace dress underneath a black paisley shawl, was spotted upon arrival and on departure from the party, which was also attended by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Archduchess Helene is the daughter of Count Carl Theodor … Continue reading

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On This Day: Maria Theresia Is Born

  May 13, 2017 at 8:00 am by

300 years ago today, the only female ruler of the Habsburg Monarchy was born at Homburg Palace in Vienna. Maria Theresia was the eldest daughter of Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor. Prior to her birth, Charles had issued a new act of succession to allow any daughters of his to succeed the throne ahead of his two nieces, the daughters of the previous ruler, Joseph I. As Maria Theresia was only … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Mass Remembering Deceased Family Members

  February 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm by

On Friday February 17, the King and Queen of the Belgians attended the annual memorial mass at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken remembering deceased members of the Royal Family. Also attending the mass were Princess Esmérelda and her son Leopoldo Moncada, Princess Léa, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein. Following the conclusion of the … Continue reading

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Palace Profile: Schönbrunn Palace

  January 1, 2017 at 6:00 am by

In 2017, the TRF Blog will begin a series of profiles on the world’s palaces and castles. We begin with Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, home of the Habsburgs. Facade of Schloss Schönbrunn Location: Vienna, Republic of Austria Built: 1642 (original form); 1740s-1750s (current form) Architects: Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (current form, preliminary design); Nikolaus Pacassi (current form) Commissioned By: Eleonora Gonzaga, Holy Roman Empress (original form); Maria Theresa of Austria … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Attend Palace Christmas Concert

  December 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family today attended the annual Christmas concert held at the Royal Palace in Brussels to mark the holiday season and thank the royal court staff for their work throughout the year. King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, the Duchess of Brabant, Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, Princess Eléonore, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz were all present for the concert, which saw performances by the La Monnaie Du Munt … Continue reading

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The King’s Feast Celebrated In Belgium

  November 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm by

The annual Fête du Roi celebrations were held in Belgium today, with members of the royal family attending a Te Deum service at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula in Brussels. King Albert, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Prince Laurent all attended the service, before greeting well-wishers outside the cathedral. It was then over to the parliament building where they listened to speeches from senior politicians. As per tradition, … Continue reading

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Pope Meets Habsburg Family

  November 6, 2016 at 11:30 am by

Yesterday pope Francis met with members of the former Imperial family of Austria-Hungary at the Vatican. The meeting was dedicated to the theme of  ‘rediscovering family values’. In his short speech the pope referred to the Blessed emperor Charles I, who was blessed in 2004 by pope John Paul II.The pope continued: “His presence among you makes the Hapsburg family not a nostalgia of the past but, on the contrary, … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Enjoy An Autumn Concert

  October 19, 2016 at 10:30 pm by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians attended the annual Autumn Concert which was held at the Royal Palace in Brussels this evening. Joining the couple were Princess Astrid and her husband Prince Lorenz. This year’s theme was a tribute to the commitment of young volunteers for a better society in a wide range of areas like education, human rights, culture and sports. Embed from Getty Images

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Concert Begins National Day Celebrations in Belgium

  July 20, 2016 at 7:54 pm by

Belgium’s National Day celebrations began this evening with the annual ‘Prelude to National Day’ concert. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were joined by Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts for the concert, which included performances by the Belgian National Orchestra and a 2011 laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. The Queen looked lovely in a midnight blue cocktail dress with a silver thread … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid’s Car Robbed Near Paris: 2000 Euros Stolen

  June 5, 2016 at 3:28 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, sister of King Philippe, has become the victim of a car robbery. This was reported by the newspaper Le Parisien yesterday. The car robbery happened on Friday afternoon when the Princess was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway near Aubervilliers, north of Paris. With her in the Mercedes car were her husband Prince Lorenz and one of their daughters. Robbers broke a window of … Continue reading

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On This Day: Empress Elisabeth Opens Her Hermes Villa

  May 24, 2016 at 8:24 am by

On this day 130 years ago in 1886, Empress Elisabeth of Austria aka Sisi opened her new palace in the Lainzer Tiergarten in Vienna. Construction on the palace, orginally called “Villa Waldruh,”  started in the summer of 1881. Emperor Franz Joseph hoped to encourage his wife -who longed for peace and soltitude- to remain in Vienna and stop her travels by providing her a secluded residence near the Austrian capital. … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Remembers Victims of Brussels Attacks

  May 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm by

Exactly two months after the Brussels attacks on March 22nd, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a ceremony in the royal palace of Brussels to commemorate the victims and to pay tribute to the emergency services. The monarchs were joined by King Albert II, Queen Paola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Prince Laurent and Princess Claire and 500 guests. In his speech the king said that it should not be forgotten … Continue reading

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Archduchess Francesca: “Austrians Are At Crossroads”

  May 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm by

Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian imperial family, wrote an open letter to the Austrian newspaper ‘Kurier’. In the letter she focussed on the presendential elections in Austria that were held today. The article mentions that the Archduchess herself can not vote in the elections, but if she could, she would vote for Alexander van der Bellen and not for his opponent Norbert Hofer. In her letter … Continue reading

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Amedeo And Lili Show Daughter Anna Astrid For the First Time

  May 20, 2016 at 11:38 am by

Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archuke of Austria-Este, his wife Elisabetta (Lili) and their newborn daughter left the hospital in Brussels where the little Archduchess was born earlier this week. They shortly posed for the press and prince Amedeo replied to a few questions. The name of the baby was also revealed: Anna Astrid. She is 7th in line of succession to the Belgian throne.  Amedeo told the press in fluent … Continue reading

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New Career For Archduchess Francesca?

  May 20, 2016 at 5:24 am by

The vivacious Archduchess Francesca, wife of the head of the Austrian Imperial family is playing a small role in a costume drama for the Austrian television. The series created by ORF is Vienna’s famous Hotel Sacher and is set in the belle epoque. ‘Das Sacher’ is directed by Robert Dornhelm, a friend of the Archduchess. In her film debut Francesca has a small role as an English diplomat. For the … Continue reading

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It’s A Girl For Prince Amedeo and Princess Elisabetta

  May 17, 2016 at 6:49 am by

This night Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este and his wife Elisabetta have become the proud parents of a daughter. The baby girl was born at 3:30AM at the Saint-Pierre University Hospital in Brussels. The baby is 52 centimeters long and weighs 3,3 kilograms. Mother and child are both doing well. The court did not announce the name of the baby girl yet. The baby is the first grandchild … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: An Engagement in Belgium

  May 13, 2016 at 10:00 am by

May 13, 1984: Princess Astrid of Belgium and Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este announced their engagement, before posing for the press in the gardens of Chateau Belvédère, Brussels. The couple were married that September and have five children: Amedeo, Maria Laura, Joachim, Luisa Maria and Laetitia Maria.

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