Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Royal Profile: Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este

Archdchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este was born 17 May 2016 as the first child of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este & Archduchess Elisabetta "Lili" of Austria-Este, weighing 33.kg (7 pounds, 4.4 oz) and being 52 cm (20.47 inches) {Source}{Source}.

At barely a year old, Archduchess Anna Astrid spent the first few months of her life in Belgium, but her parents and her have relocated to Switzerland, where her father works for a bank that is owned by her paternal grandfather {Source}.

She was named for her grandmothers:

  • Anna: For her maternal grandmother, Countess Anna Maria "Lilia" de Smecchia
  • Astrid: For her paternal grandmother, who in turn was named for her grandmother (Anna Astrid's greatx2 grandmother), Princess Astrid of Belgium, The Archduchess of Austria-Este


At the time of her parents' wedding, no royal decree was issued granting her mother the title Her Royal Highness Princess of Belgium. It was originally speculated that no issue of royal decree was due to government issues, then that Prince Amedeo had not seek authorization for his marriage. Neither speculation was confirmed or denied by the Royal Court or Belgian Government for many months. More than a year after the wedding he applied for retroactive approval of their marriage with his uncle and it was approved retroactively. Due to a new royal decree issued by his uncle that entitles only those of the heir and present monarch the title Prince/ss of Belgium, their future children will not hold the title Prince/ss of Belgium.However, due to Prince Amedeo also being a paternal heir to the titles Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary & Bohemia, their children and his wife will hold those titles.

She is currently 7th in succesion for the Belgian throne after her father. Due to succession rules, she cannot be displaced by any younger brothers.

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