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Archduchess Marie-Astrid
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
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 64)
Castle Betzdorf
Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg
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HRH The Grand Duke
HRH The Grand Duchess

HRH Grand Duke Jean

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Austrian Imperial Family
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HI&RH The Crown Prince

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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.

Early lifeEdit

Her godparents are King Leopold III of Belgium (her maternal grandfather), and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (her paternal grandmother).


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.

Personal lifeEdit

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and the Roman Catholic princess was unlikely, as the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701 would have had to have been repealed or modified.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 ten grandchildren:

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

Marie Astrid's eldest grandchild, Wilhelm Ferdinand, is the heir to the imperial throne of the German Empire. He is the son of her eldest daughter, Archduchess Marie Christine and her husband, Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor, who she married in 1997.

Royal lifeEdit

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