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Marie Christine
German Empress
Queen Consort of Prussia
Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Nassau

German Empress and Queen Consort of Prussia
Reign 27 August 1997 - present (&000000000000002000000020 years, &0000000000000357000000357 days)
Spouse Georg Friedrich I, German Emperor (m. 1997)
Issue
Wilhelm Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Prussia
Prince Christian Alexander, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg
Princess Kira Astrid of Prussia
Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia
Prince Heinrich of Prussia
Prince Albert Leopold of Prussia
Princess Marie Josephine of Prussia
Full name
Marie Christine Anna Astrid Zita Charlotte
House House of Habsburg (by birth)
House of Hohenzollern (by marriage)
Father Archduke Carl Christian of Austria
Mother Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria
Born 31 July 1976 (1976-07-31) (age 41)
Religion Church of Germany

Marie Christine, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia (Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte: born 31 July 1976) is the eldest child and daughter of Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria.

Early Life Edit

Archduchess Marie Christine was born on 31 July 1976 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte maternity hospital in Luxembourg City. She is the first daughter of Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria and Archduke Carl Christian of Austria. She is the eldest grandchild and granddaughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium.

Archduchess Marie Christine has four siblings, three younger brothers and one younger sister:

Christening Edit

Archduchess Marie Christine was christened on 12 October 1976 at the Chapelle Sainte-Anne in Brussels. Her godparents are: Henri, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (her mother's brother), Archduke Rudolf of Austria (her father's uncle), and Princess Astrid of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (her mother's cousin).

Education and Career Edit

The Archduchess grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, where she attended local schools. She later attended a boarding school in United Kingdom.

After Finishing school, she lived in chile for a couple of months. She worked for a humanitarian aid project trying to improve the living conditions of poor families in the south of the country.

During and after her marriage to the Emperor, The empress attended the Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels where she studied psychology. She focused her studies on Psychomotor education, a pedagogic and theraputic approach with the aim to support and aid an individual's personal development. During this time, she worked with with children with severe motor handicaps for five months. In 2007, she worked in the Lebanese capital Beirut in an institution for handicapped children for a couple of weeks.

The Archduchess is fluent in French, German, Luxembourgish, English and Spanish.

Personal Life Edit

Engagement and Marriage Edit

Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine announced their engagement on 16 August 1996 and were to be married on 25 August 1997 at St Peter and Paul's Cathedral, Following the ceremony, a wedding banquet was held by the bride and groom's parents on the grounds of the Royal Palace of Berlin.

Children Edit

Marie Christine and Georg Friedrich had seven children together:

On 18 April 1998, The Royal Court of Prussia announced that the Empress was pregnant and expecting the couple's first child in October 1998. On 10 October 1998, It was announced that the Empress gave birth to a son and heir.

On 10 November 1999, The Prussian Royal Court announced that Empress Marie Christine was pregnant and expecting the couple's second child in May 2000. On 25 January 2000, It was announced that the Empress was expecting twins. On 15 May 2000, It was announced that the Empress gave birth to their children, a son and daughter.

  • Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Kira Astrid of Prussia, born 15 May 2000. She is the twin daughter of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine and twin sister of Christian Alexander.

On 31 December 2003, The Prussian Royal Court announced that Empress Marie Christine was pregnant and expecting the couple's fourth child in June 2004. On 18 June 2004, It was announced that the Empress gave birth to their fourth child and second daughter.

On 31 August 2007, The Imperial Court announced that the Empress is pregnant and expecting the couple’s fifth child in January 2008. On 19 January 2008, The Imperial Court announced that the Empress had given birth to her third son at 19:24 CET.

 His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Heinrich of Prussia, born 19 January 2008. He is the third son of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.

On 17 November 2010, The Royal Court announced that the Empress is pregnant and expecting their sixth child in April 2011. On 19 April 2011, The Imperial Court announced that the Empress gave birth to their fourth son at 08:51 CET.

 His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Albert Leopold of Prussia, born 19 April 2011. He is the fourth son of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.

On 19 September 2014, The Imperial Court announced that the Empress is pregnant and expecting the seventh child in March 2015. On 31 March 2015, The Imperial Court announced that the Empress gave birth to their third daughter.

 Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Marie Josephine of Prussia, born 31 March 2015. She is the third daughter and youngest child of Georg Friedrich and Marie Christine.

Titles, Styles and Honours Edit

Titles and Styles Edit

  • 31 July 1976 - 25 August 1997: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 25 August 1997 - present: Her Imperial and Royal Majesty The German Empress, Queen Consort of Prussia

Honours Edit

As a member of the Grand-Ducal house of Luxembourg, at 18 years old:

  • Luxembourg : Grand Cross of Order of Adolphe of Nassau (by birth, on 18 years old)
  • Luxembourg : Commemorative Silver Jubilee Medal of His Royal Highness The Grand Duke Jean (12 November 1989).