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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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Princess Astrid Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

  June 6, 2012 at 9:16 am by

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este yesterday celebrated her fiftieth birthday. To mark the occasion, the Belgian Royal Court released a series of portraits of Princess Astrid and her husband, Prince Lorenz. A birthday party was also held on Saturday June 2nd at the Royal Palace of Laeken, which was attended by Princess Astrid’s children, parents, and her younger brother with his family. During the luncheon, the Princess was … Continue reading

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Luxembourg Royals at Sandhurst Graduation

  April 16, 2012 at 10:31 am by

The Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family was out in force on Friday in Sandhurst, England where they were present at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the passing out ceremony of Prince Wenceslas of Nassau and Archduke Alexander of Austria. The two princes, both grandsons of former Grand Duke Jean, took part in the Sovereign’s Parade to signify the end of the military training at the Academy. Their regiment, among over … Continue reading

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Belgian Royals Commemorate Dead in Laeken

  February 16, 2012 at 9:39 am by

Earlier today in Laeken, the Belgian Royal Family were present at the annual mass commemorating the deceased members of the family. The mass took place at the Church of Our Lady of Laeken (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk in Dutch, Eglise Notre-Dame in French). The entire royal family was present – King Albert II and Queen Paola, their children and their spouses, Queen Fabiola, who was accompanied by Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Princess Léa … Continue reading

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Double Engagement in the House of Habsburg

  December 23, 2011 at 6:36 am by

2 sons of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and his wife née Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, officially celebrated their respective engagements on 22 December in Brussels, Belgium. Archduke Imre got engaged to Kathleen Walker and Archduke Christoph got engaged to Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch. Archduchess Marie Astrid is the first child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and of his wife, the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, née Princess of Belgium. Archduke Carl … Continue reading

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Death of the Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg, née Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg

  November 29, 2011 at 7:03 am by

HRH The Dowager Duchess of Hohenberg, née Princess Elisabeth of Luxemburg, of Nassau and of Bourbon-Parma, died on 22 November 2011 aged 88. The Duchess was the widow of HSH Franz Ferdinand, the Duke of Hohenberg, and leaves behind their 2 daughters, HSH Princess Anita of Hohenberg [who is married to Count Andreas of Bardeau] and HSH Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, [who is married to Jonkheer Jean-Louis de Potesta], 7 … Continue reading

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Princess Astrid and Her Two Oldest Children in New York

  September 28, 2011 at 7:56 am by

Princess Astrid, as special representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, was in New York from September 18 until September 21. She attended several events together with her oldest children who live in New York. Prince Amedeo has been working for two years for Deloitte and Princess Maria Laura is currently doing a four-month internship at the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations in New York. On September … Continue reading

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Archduke Felix of Austria Has Died

  September 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm by

HIRH Archduke Felix of Austria died on September 6, 2011. The Archduke was born on May 31, 1916, as third son and foureth child of Emperor Karl of Austria, King of Hungary, and his wife, née Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. The Archduke was the last surviving child of the late Emperor and late Empress. Archduke Felix was married to the late Archduchess Anna-Eugénie, née Princess of Arenberg, Duchess of Arenberg, … Continue reading

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Back to School for the Belgian Youngsters

  September 2, 2011 at 8:25 am by

September 1st is traditionally the first day of school in Belgium. The children of Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde, and also the youngest daughter of Princess Astrid, go to school at the ‘Sint Jan Berghmans College’ in Brussels. This is a Flemish Jesuit school, where all classes are given in Dutch (except the language courses). The Brabant’s oldest childern, Princess Elisabeth (5th grade of elementary school), Prince Gabriel (3rd grade) … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family – July Events

  August 1, 2011 at 9:53 am by

A not so quiet July for the Belgian Royal Family; July 7th – Princess Mathilde visited the”Villa Rozerood” in De Panne, a holiday and care center for seriously ill children and their families. July 7th – King Albert attended the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the biscuit factory “Biscuiterie Jules Destrooper” in Lo. July 15th – Queen Paola attended the world premiere of the theatre play of Umberto Eco’s … Continue reading

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Belgian National Day – 21st July 2011

  August 1, 2011 at 6:50 am by

Belgium’s National Day is set on the 21st July, as that is when Leopold I of Belgium took the oath making him the first King of the Belgians in 1831. After Belgium asserted its independence from the Netherlands on 4 October 1830, the Belgian National Congress considered several candidates and eventually asked Leopold to become King of the newly-formed country. He was elected on 4 June and accepted and became “King … Continue reading

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Funeral of Archduke Otto, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary

  July 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm by

The funeral of Archduke Otto, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, took place today. Before the funeral, several events took place to honor the late Archduke. on 11 July, there was a requiem mass in the Theatinerkirche, which was followed by prayers of Cardinal Marx and a holy mass at Saint John Cantius Church. From 12 july 5 p.m till 13 July 12 noon, Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regiana lied in repose … Continue reading

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Archduke Otto von Habsburg has died

  July 4, 2011 at 7:50 am by

The former head of the Imperial House of Habsburg, Archduke Otto von Habsburg, has passed away at the age of ninety-eight. The Habsburg family released the news on their website, stating that he died in his sleep, at his home in Pöcking, Upper Bavaria. He will be buried later this month in the Kapuzinergruft (Emperor’s Tomb), below the Capuchin Church in Vienna, the resting place of past Habsburg rulers (with … Continue reading

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