|Princess Astrid of Belgium|
|Archduchess of Austria-Este|
Princess Astrid making an address in Laos in 2009
5 June 1962|
Belvédère Castle, Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este (m. 1984)
Prince Amedeo, Herary Archduke of Austria-Este |
Princess Maria Laura
Princess Luisa Maria
Princess Laetitia Maria
|Father||Albert II of the Belgians|
|Mother||Paola Ruffo di Calabria|
|Austrian imperial family|
Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (born 5 June 1962), is the second child and only 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 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.
Princess Astrid married Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este, subsequently head of the Archducal House of Austria-Este, on 22 September 1984 at Brussels. Lorenz is the eldest son of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este (1915–1996), and his wife Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta (born in 1930). Her husband was also created Prince of Belgium by Royal Decree on 27 November 1995.
Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz have five children, who bear the title "Prince/Princess of Belgium" (in each of the three official languages) as members of the Belgian royal family and Archduke/Archduchess of Austria:
Astrid was formerly President of the Belgian Red Cross, 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.
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. In 2013, the Princess was named Special Envoy of the Convention, and has promoted the acceptance of a global ban on landmines and promoted the rights of survivors in various UN meetings.
Archduchess of Austria-Este
|Reference style||Her Imperial and Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial and Royal Highness|
|Ancestors of Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este|
Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-EsteBorn: 5 June 1962
Princess Eléonore of Belgium
| Line of succession to the Belgian throne
Prince Amedeo of Belgium