by Scott Mehl
Princess Marie-Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Élisabeth Anne Alberte of Luxembourg was born on February 17, 1954 at Betzdorf Castle, the eldest child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium. Her younger siblings are Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince Jean of Luxembourg, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, and Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg.
She was educated in Luxembourg and Belgium, and earned her certification as a registered nurse in 1974, with a specialized certificate in tropical medicine in 1977. Since 1970, she has been President of the Red Cross for Luxembourg Youth. In the late 1970s, she was rumored to be a prospective bride for Prince Charles of the United Kingdom. However, these rumors proved to be unfounded, and quite unlikely. As a devout Catholic, a marriage between the two would not have been permitted under the British Royal Marriages Act.
She was married on February 6, 1982 in Luxembourg, to her second cousin, Archduke Carl Christian of Austria. Upon marriage, her full title became HI&RH Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma. The couple has five children:
- Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria (1983) – married to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum, two sons
- Archduke Imre of Austria (1985) – married to Kathleen Elizabeth Walker, two daughters
- Archduke Christoph of Austria (1988) – married to Adélaïde Marie Béatrice Drapé-Frisch
- Archduke Alexander of Austria (1990)
- Archduchess Gabriella of Austria (1994)
Marie-Astrid is typically in attendance at family functions in Luxembourg, as well as the occasional official event. Amongst several patronages and involvements, she serves on the Board of Directors of l’Arche International, an organization that works with people with intellectual disabilities. In the photo above, she is seen, along with her father, Grand Duke Jean, and the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess in October 2013, at a concert of the Luxembourg Philharmonic held in memory of her late mother, Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte.
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