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Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (Marie-Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antonia/Antoinette Élisabeth/Elisabeth Anne/Anna Alberte/Alberta von Habsburg-Lothringen) (born 17 February 1954 at Castle Betzdorfmarker), is the oldest daughter and the first child of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte. Her godparents are King Leopold III of Belgium (her maternal grandfather), and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (her paternal grandmother).


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. (Unconfirmed media reports in the British press claimed that Pope Paul VI had prevented a marriage by refusing under Ne Temere to accept that the children of the couple could not be brought up Roman Catholic.)

It has been since suggested that the marriage rumours 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and the Roman Catholic princess was unlikely, as the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701 would have had to have been repealed or modified.

The Archduchess studied in Luxembourg and also in Belgiummarker. 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.

She has been the President of the Red Cross for Luxembourg Youth since 1970.


On 6 February 1982 in Luxembourgmarker she married her second cousin Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (born in Belœilmarker, 6 February 1954) also known as Christian, 1,289th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Austriamarker, younger son of Archduke Carl Ludwig of Austria (himself the fourth son of Emperor Charles I of Austria) and his wife Princess Yolande of Ligne, of the prominent Belgian noble family, the House of Ligne. They have five children:
  • Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria (31 July 1983), Countess of Limburg-Stirum: she married Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum on 6 December, 2008 in Mechelenmarker, Belgium; Paul Theroff's Royal News of 2008
  • Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (8 December 1985)
  • Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (2 February 1988)
  • Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (26 September 1990)
  • Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine-Charlotte of Austria (26 March 1994)

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



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