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.

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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 presented with a large white birthday cake covered in red and white roses. With the assistance of her youngest daughter, Princess Laetitia Maria, and her two nephews, Princes Nicolas and Aymeric, Princess Astrid blew out the fifty candles to the applause of the family.

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The Princess was born on June 5th, 1962 at the Château de Belvédère in Laeken to the-then Prince and Princess of Liège, now King Albert II and Queen Paola. She was named in honour of her paternal grandmother, Princess Astrid of Sweden. She has two siblings, Prince Philippe and Prince Laurent. After attending high school in Brussels, Princess Astrid moved to the Netherlands to study art history before attending the Institute of European Studies in Geneva.

In 1984, the Princess’ engagement to Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este was announced by the Belgian Royal Court. They married on September 22nd in Brussels, and have five children: Prince Amedeo (b. 1986), Princess Maria Laura (b. 1988), Prince Joachim (b. 1991), Princess Luisa Maria (b. 1995) and Princess Laetitia Maria (b. 2003).

The Princess and her family live in Laeken, which allows her to continue with her public duties. She is the Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Chairwoman of the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation and the former President of the Belgian Red Cross.

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2 Responses to Princess Astrid Celebrates Fiftieth Birthday

  1. Lady Daphne says:

    As I recall, Princess Astrid was at one time a prospect for a bride for Prince Charles of England but the religion aspect could not be resolved. And I’m sure she’s happy it didn’t work out.

    Happy Birthday and Much happiness for Princess Astrid.

  2. natalya says:

    Happy Birthday !

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