Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria Este

by Scott Mehl

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Prince Lorenz of Belgium was born December 16, 1955, in France, the second child and eldest son of Archduke Robert of Austria-Este and Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta. His full name and title at birth was His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Lorenz Otto Carl Amadeus Thadeus Maria Pius Andreas Marcus d’Aviano of Austria-Este, Prince Imperial of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary.

Lorenz attended secondary school in France, after which he fulfilled his military obligations in the Austrian Army. He then attended the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, and the University of Innsbruck in Austria, where he received a degree in Economics and Social Science. He worked at several banks in Paris, London, and Rome, before joining a private firm in Switzerland in 1983.

In September 1984, Lorenz married Princess Astrid of Belgium, the only daughter of the future King Albert II and Queen Paola. The couple had five children:

-Prince Amadeo (1986)
-Princess Maria Laura, (1988)
-Prince Joachim (1991)
-Princess Luisa Maria (1995)
-Princess Laetitia Maria (2003)

Initially, their children were not in the line of succession to the Belgian throne, as Belgium followed male-only primogeniture. They were born as Archdukes and Archduchess of Austria-Este. However, the laws were changed in 1991, and Astrid and their children were added to the line of succession. The children were also granted the title of Prince/Princess of Belgium. In 1995, Lorenz was also created Prince of Belgium in his own right. The following year, upon the death of his father, Lorenz became head of the House of Austria-Este.

Photo: Zimbio

Photo: Zimbio

Prince Lorenz continues to work in the banking industry, as well as participating in many official royal functions. They reside at Villa Schonenberg, within the Royal Domain, the large park surrounding the Palace of Laeken.

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