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Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg
Archduchess and Princess Imperial of Austria; Princess Royal Astrid of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia
Spouse Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
Issue
Archduchess Marie Christine
Archduke Imre
Archduke Christoph
Archduke Alexander
Archduchess Gabriella
Full name
Marie-Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Élisabeth Anne Alberte
House House of Habsburg-Lorraine
House of Bourbon-Parma
Father Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Mother Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium
Born 17 February 1954 (1954-02-17) (age 55)
Castle Betzdorf
Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg
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HRH Grand Duke Jean


Titular Austrian Imperial Family
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HI&RH The Crown Prince
HI&RH The Crown Princess


HI&RH Archduke Felix
HI&RH Archduke Rudolf

Styles of
Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria
Reference style Her Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial and Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (Marie-Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antonia/Antoinette Élisabeth/Elisabeth Anne/Anna Alberte/Alberta von Habsburg-Lothringen) (born 17 February 1954 at Castle Betzdorf), is the oldest daughter and the first child of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte. Her godparents are King Leopold III of Belgium (her maternal grandfather), and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (her paternal grandmother).

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Biography

In her youth, as one of the few eligible royal princesses from European reigning houses, she was considered an ideal candidate by royal watchers for marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales. Media reports in the 1970s regularly speculated about the prospects of such a marriage, the Daily Express claiming in June 1977 that the couple's engagement was imminent.[1] (Unconfirmed media reports in the British press claimed that Pope Paul VI had prevented a marriage by refusing under Ne Temere to accept that the children of the couple could not be brought up Roman Catholic.)

It has been since suggested that the marriage rumours were a result of efforts to detect a leaker in the Privy Council. In reality, a marriage between the British heir and the Roman Catholic princess was unlikely, as the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701 would have had to have been repealed or modified.

The Archduchess studied in Luxembourg and also in Belgium. She received her diploma as a registered nurse in 1974, and finished her education in 1977, with a nursing certificate in tropical medicine from the Prince Leopold Institute.

She has been the President of the Red Cross for Luxembourg Youth since 1970.

Marriage

On 6 February 1982 in Luxembourg she married her second cousin Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (born in Belœil, 6 February 1954) also known as Christian, 1,289th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Austria, younger son of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria (himself the fourth son of Emperor Charles I of Austria) and his wife Princess Yolande of Ligne, of the prominent Belgian noble family, the House of Ligne. They have five children:

  • Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria (31 July 1983), Countess of Limburg-Stirum: she married Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum on 6 December, 2008 in Mechelen, Belgium; Paul Theroff's Royal News of 2008
  • Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (8 December 1985)
  • Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (2 February 1988)
  • Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (26 September 1990)
  • Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine-Charlotte of Austria (26 March 1994)

Archduchess Marie-Astrid and her family live quietly, occasionally appearing at royal weddings and similar events.

Ancestry

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Charles III, Duke of Parma
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Robert I, Duke of Parma
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Louise Marie Thérèse of France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Felix of Bourbon-Parma
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Miguel of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. Miguel of Portugal (= 18)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (= 19)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Marie Astrid of Luxembourg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Albert I of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Princess Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Leopold III of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Duke Karl-Theodor in Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Elisabeth of Bavaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Maria Josepha of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. Oscar II of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Sofia of Nassau
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Astrid of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. Frederick VIII of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Princess Ingeborg of Denmark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Lovisa of Sweden
 
 
 
 
 
 

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