Prince Amedeo of Belgium

Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (Amedeo Marie Joseph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano; born 21 February 1986) is a grandson of King Albert II of Belgium, and thus a member of the Belgian royal family. He is also heir to the headship of the House of Austria-Este,[1] a cadet branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and is sixth in line to the throne of Belgium.

Prince Amedeo of Belgium
Hereditary Archduke of Austria-Este (more)
Born (1986-02-21) 21 February 1986 (age 35)
St-Luc University Hospital, Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein
(m. 2014)
IssueArchduchess Anna Astrid
Archduke Maximilian
Amedeo Marie Joseph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d'Aviano
FatherPrince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
MotherPrincess Astrid of Belgium

Birth and familyEdit

Amedeo was born on 21 February 1986 at the Saint-Luc University Hospital in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium, as the first child and elder son of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, and Princess Astrid of Belgium.[1] He bears the same given name as his paternal great-grandfather, Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta. His godparents are his maternal uncle, King Philippe and grandmother, Queen Paola of Belgium.

Amedeo himself is godfather to his cousin, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant. Amedeo has one younger brother, Joachim (b. 1991), and three younger sisters: Maria Laura (b. 1988), Luisa Maria (b. 1995) and Laetitia Maria (b. 2003).

He was baptised and married by the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, Cardinal Danneels.

Education and careerEdit

Amedeo undertook primary school and the greater part of his secondary education at the Jesuit school Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (founded 1604) in Brussels, popular with Belgian aristocracy and royalty. He finished his secondary education at Sevenoaks School in Kent, England, between 2001 and 2004. He then spent a year in Belgium's Royal Military Academy. In September 2005, he began studies at the London School of Economics, where he graduated in 2008 with a BSc degree in Management, and took a sabbatical before entering professional life.[2]

From July 2009 to June 2012, Amedeo worked for Deloitte in New York City, first as a business analyst from July 2009 to June 2011, then as a management consultant in strategy and operations from July 2011 to June 2012. He then worked as a research analyst intern at Accumulus Capital Management, LLC from August through December 2012.[2]

During 2013 and 2014, Amedeo resumed his studies, obtaining an MBA degree at the Columbia Business School of Columbia University. He subsequently returned to Belgium, where he worked for McKinsey & Company in Brussels from September 2014 to September 2016. In January 2017, he began working at the Gutzwiller private bank in Basel, where his father is a partner.[2]


On 15 February 2014, the Belgian Royal Court announced the engagement of Prince Amedeo to an Italian journalist, Nobile Elisabetta "Lili" Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein.[3]

Amedeo and Elisabetta both descend from Don Giuseppe Tiberio Ruffo di Calabria-Santapau, 2nd Prince of Palazzolo, Count of Sinopoli (1627–1683), while through German princely dynasties their most recent common ancestor is Franz Albrecht I, Prince of Oettingen-Spielberg (1663–1737).[4][better source needed]

The couple's wedding was celebrated on 5 July 2014 in Rome's Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere,[5] in the presence of the Royal Family of Belgium (with the exception of his great-aunt Queen Fabiola), as well as members of the cadet branches of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, including the bridegroom's grandmother, Margherita of Savoy, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este, and members of other dynasties, including Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, Princess Beatrice of York and Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon. The couple were planning to relocate in Belgium after the wedding.

Amedeo and Elisabetta have a daughter, Anna Astrid (born on 17 May 2016),[6][7][9] and a son, Maximilian (born on 6 September 2019).[10]

Succession rights to the Belgian throneEdit

In 1991, Amedeo obtained, along with his mother and younger siblings, succession rights to the Belgian throne.[11] In 1993, his maternal grandfather acceded to the throne as King Albert II and he became third in Belgium's line of succession, following his uncle Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, and his mother. Upon Philippe's marriage in 1999, the prospect of Amedeo inheriting the throne substantially diminished, and the birth of a daughter and dynastic heir to Philippe in 2001 dropped his place in the order of succession down to fourth and eventually to seventh, following the birth of Philippe's other children. The abdication on 21 July 2013 of his grandfather King Albert II promoted him to sixth in line to the throne.

Although an announcement of Amedeo's engagement was published on the Royal Family's website, no dynastic authorisation for his marriage was published prior to his wedding, as foreseen in Article 85 of the Belgian Constitution. Speculation in the media included a commentator on the military parade for La Une who, on 21 July 2014 (Belgian National Day), alleged that no royal authorisation was announced because the prince intentionally chose not to request permission to marry, and therefore Amedeo was no longer deemed in the line of succession.[citation needed] In November 2015, a royal decree expressing King Philippe's retroactive permission for the marriage was gazetted in the Moniteur Belge.[12][13]

Titles and stylesEdit

All the children of Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz bear the title of "Prince(ss) of Belgium" by Belgian Royal Decree of 2 December 1991, which is distinct from their traditional Austro-Hungarian titles.[1]

Military ranksEdit



  1. ^ a b c "Haus Österreich". Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XVI. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2001. pp. 87, 90–91, 524, 529. ISBN 3-7980-0824-8.
  2. ^ a b c de Vuyst, Pierre. "Amedeo banquier en Suise!, Le Soir". Rue Royale (Soir Mag). Le Soir. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Announcement of the engagement.
  4. ^ vtm. Royalty. Vriendin prins Amedeo is verre nicht. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2015. (Flemish).
  5. ^ Prins Amedeo en Lili trouwen in de zon
  6. ^ Twitter Belgian Royal Palace Birth Announcement[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ Twitter Belgian Royal Palace Announcement Specifics of Birth[non-primary source needed]
  8. ^ "Prins Amedeo maakt opnieuw kans op de Belgische troon".
  9. ^ Due to a royal decree issued by his uncle King Philippe, which limits the range of family members bearing the title "Prince of Belgium", Amedeo's children do not bear the princely title nor the style of Royal Highness.[8]
  10. ^ België is een prinsje rijker: zoontje voor prins Amedeo en prinses Elisabetta(in Dutch)
  11. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XIX. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2011. pp. 6–8. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6.
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  13. ^ royal decree of 12 November 2015. Moniteur Belge, second edition, 24 November 2015, p.70312
  14. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Prince Amedeo's officer swear on 27 September 2007, Photos 1, 2, 3
Prince Amedeo of Belgium
Cadet branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine
Born: 21 February 1986
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Princess Astrid of Belgium
Line of succession to the Belgian throne
6th position
Succeeded by
Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este