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| HI&RH Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria|
HRH Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg (more)
|Spouse||Archduke Carl Christian of Austria|
| Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria |
Archduke Imre of Austria
Archduke Christoph of Austria
Archduke Alexander of Austria
Archduchess Gabriella of Austria
|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 |
Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria (née Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg; born 17 February 1954 at Castle Betzdorf), is the oldest daughter and the first child of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, and the wife of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria.
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.
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.
It has been since suggested that the marriage rumors 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and the Roman Catholic princess was unlikely, as the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701 would have had to have been repealed or modified.
On 6 February 1975 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 and his wife Princess Yolande of Ligne, of the prominent Belgian noble family, the House of Ligne.
Marie-Astrid and Carl have five children and nine grandchildren:
- Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria (b. 31 July 1976), became Queen-Empress Consort of Prussia when he married firstly to Georg Friedrich, King-Emperor of Prussia in 1997. They divorced in 2007. She then became Countess of Limburg-Stirum, when she married Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum in 2008. She has six children in total.
- Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. 8 December 1979). He married
- Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. 2 February 1982).
- Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. 26 September 1986).
- Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine Charlotte of Austria (b. 26 March 198
Archduchess Marie-Astrid and her family live quietly, occasionally appearing at royal weddings and similar events.
Marie Astrid's eldest grandchild, Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia, is the heir-apparent to the imperial throne of the German Empire. He is the son of her eldest daughter, Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria and her first husband, Georg Friedrich, King of Prussia who she married in 1997 and then they divorced in 2007.
She has been the President of the Red Cross for Luxembourg Youth since 1970.
Titles, styles, honors and armsEdit
Titles and stylesEdit
- 17 February 1954 - 6 February 1982: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
- 6 February 1982 – present: Her Imperial and Royal Highness 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