Princess Astrid of Belgium

Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (born 5 June 1962), is the second child and first daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola, and younger sister to the current Belgian monarch, King Philippe. She is married to Prince Lorenz of Belgium, head of the Austria-Este branch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and is fifth in line of succession to the Belgian throne.

Princess Astrid
Archduchess of Austria-Este
Princess Astrid at the World Investment Forum 2018 (cropped).jpg
At the World Investment Forum 2018
Born (1962-06-05) 5 June 1962 (age 59)
Belvédère Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
IssuePrince Amedeo
Princess Maria Laura
Prince Joachim
Princess Luisa Maria
Princess Laetitia Maria
Astrid Joséphine-Charlotte Fabrizia Elisabeth Paola Marie
FatherAlbert II of Belgium
MotherPaola Ruffo di Calabria
ReligionRoman Catholic


Princess Astrid was born one day before her father's 28th birthday at the Château de Belvédère, near Laeken, and was named after her late paternal grandmother, Astrid of Sweden, the popular first wife of King Leopold III. Her godparents were her uncle Fabrizio, Prince Ruffo di Calabria-Santapau, 7th Duke di Guardia Lombarda, and her aunt Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.[citation needed]

Marriage and issueEdit

Princess Astrid married Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, subsequently head of the Archducal House of Austria-Este, on 22 September 1984 at Brussels.[1][2] Lorenz is the eldest son of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este (1915–1996), and his wife Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta (born in 1930).[2] Her husband was also created Prince of Belgium by Royal Decree on 27 November 1995.[2]

Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz have five children:[1][2]

Royal roleEdit

Astrid was formerly President of the Belgian Red Cross,[2] a position which ended on 31 December 2007. She declined to stand again for election to the role in light of internal struggles in the organisation in reconciling its French-speaking and Flemish branches, each of which seeks greater autonomy. The princess is also a colonel in the Medical Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. Her official residence is the Royal Castle of Laeken on the edge of Brussels.[2]

She is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee.[3]

In April 2015 the Princess took over the reins of the Prince Albert Fund from her father His Royal Highness King Albert.[4]

Special EnvoyEdit

Princess Astrid has been for many years a fierce advocate for landmine survivors rights, participating actively in the work of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, also known as the Ottawa Treaty, since Belgium joined in 1998.[citation needed]

In 2013, the Princess was named Special Envoy of the Convention,[5] and has promoted the acceptance of a global ban on landmines and promoted the rights of survivors in various UN meetings.[5][6][7]

In 2014, she met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, to encourage Oman to join the treaty, which occurred a few months later.[citation needed]

In 2019, she carried out a mission to Lebanon to promote the convention.[8][9] In Beirut she met with President Michel Aoun, and Minister of National Defense Elias Bou Saab.[10]

Titles, styles and honoursEdit

Styles of
Princess Astrid,
Archduchess of Austria-Este
Reference styleHer Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial and Royal Highness


  • 5 June 1962 – 22 September 1984: Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium
  • 22 September 1984 – present: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este[note 1]






2016 : Honorary mayor and The Hidalgo Award of San Antonio, Texas.[13]


Coat of arms of Princess Astrid of Belgium
As a Princess of Belgium and a descendant of King Leopold I, the Princess is entitled to use a coat of arms which was stipulated in the Royal Decree of King Philippe in 2019.[14]
12 July 2019
Princely crown of Belgium
On a lozenge, sable, a lion rampant or, armed and langued gules (Belgium), on the shoulder an escutcheon barry of ten sable and or, a crancelin vert (Wettin), overall a bordure or.
Two lions guardant proper
French: L'union fait la force
Dutch: Eendracht maakt macht
German: Einigkeit macht stark
Other elements
The whole is placed on a mantle purpure with ermine lining, fringes and tassels or and ensigned with the Royal crown of Belgium.


1997 2003



  1. ^ She has held the title "Princess of Belgium" from birth under Belgian law. By marriage to an archduke of the house of Austria-Este, she gained, in addition to her native title, the style "Imperial and Royal Highness" and the title "Archduchess of Austria-Este". Upon her husband's succeeding to the headship of his house in 1996, as wife of the Archduke of Austria-Este, internationally or depending on the situation, she is also accorded the traditional title "Her Imperial and Royal Highness The Archduchess of Austria-Este" or, more formally, reflecting both her native and marital titles, is addressed as HI&RH Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este. Her children by Archduke Lorenz bear the titles "Prince(ss) of Belgium" by Belgian decree of 2 December 1991, in addition to their Austrian titles borne by tradition, "Archduke/Archduchess of Austria".


  1. ^ a b Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 44-45,50. French
  2. ^ a b c d e f Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Furstlicher Hauser Bande XVI, C.A. Starke Verlag, Haus Osterreich, Limburg, 2001, pp. 91–92. German
  3. ^ "Honorary Board". IPC.
  4. ^ "About Archive".
  5. ^ a b "AP Mine Ban Convention: Special envoy Princess Astrid of Belgium welcomes Oman's decision to join the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention".
  6. ^ "AP Mine Ban Convention: Princess Astrid of Belgium calls for greater assistance to landmine survivors".
  7. ^ "Maputo Summit: 3rd Review Conference".
  8. ^ "Lebanon aims at joining Ottawa Treaty: president - Xinhua |". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ Liban, Délégation de l'Union Européenne au (3 October 2019). "Envoyé spécial en visite au Liban pour l'encourager à prendre des mesures concrètes pour adhérer au traité historique de désarmement humanitaire". Libnanews, Le Média Citoyen du Liban (in French). Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  10. ^ "AP Mine Ban Convention: Special Envoy asks the Lebanese Republic to join anti-landmine treaty". Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Tildelinger av ordener og medaljer".
  12. ^ "Photo" (PDF).
  13. ^ Guenther, Rocío (7 December 2016). "City Welcomes Princess Astrid of Belgium to San Antonio". San Antonio Report. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  14. ^ Philippe, Koning der Belgen (12 July 2019). "Koninklijk besluit houdende vaststelling van het wapen van het Koninklijk Huis en van zijn leden" (PDF). Moniteur Belge/ Belgisch Staatsblad. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  15. ^ Le Soir, Article (French) announcing the rank
  16. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Article evoking Princess Astrid & Prince Laurent
  17. ^ Belgian Defense Website, Article evoking Princess Astrid, last section "Mon colonel !" Archived 3 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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Princess Astrid of Belgium
Born: 5 June 1962
Belgian royalty
Preceded by
Line of succession to the Belgian throne
5th position
Succeeded by