Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria

Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria (née Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg; born 17 February 1954 at Castle Betzdorf) is the elder daughter and eldest child of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, and the wife of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria.

Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg
Born (1954-02-17) 17 February 1954
Castle Betzdorf, Betzdorf, Luxembourg
IssueArchduchess Marie Christine
Archduke Imre
Archduke Christoph
Archduke Alexander
Archduchess Gabriella
Full name
Marie Astrid Liliane Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Élisabeth Anne Alberte
FatherJean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
MotherJoséphine-Charlotte of Belgium
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Austrian imperial family

HI&RH Archduke Karl
HI&RH Archduchess Francesca

Styles of
Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria
Reference styleHer Imperial and Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial and Royal Highness


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

In her youth, as one of the few eligible princesses from European reigning houses, she was considered an ideal candidate by match makers for marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales. Media reports in the 1970s speculated about the prospects of such a marriage, the Daily Express claiming in June 1977 that the couple's engagement was imminent.[1] (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and the Roman Catholic princess was unlikely, as the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701 would have had to have been repealed or modified.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 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.

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


On 6 February 1982 in Luxembourg she married her second cousin Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (born in Belœil, 26 August 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 (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 and nine grandchildren:

  • Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria (b. Brussels, 31 July 1983), Countess of Limburg-Stirum after her marriage on 6 December 2008 in Mechelen, Belgium, to Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (b. Uccle, 20 March 1979).[2] They have three sons.
    • Leopold de Limburg-Stirum (b. 19 April 2011)
    • Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (b. 25 October 2013)
    • Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum (born 2016)
  • Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (born 8 December 1985) married on 8 September 2012 Kathleen Elizabeth Walker (b. 17 April 1986) in Washington, D.C..[3][4] They have two daughters.
    • Maria Stella of Austria (b. 11 November 2013)
    • Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (b. 24 February 2016)
  • Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. Geneva, 2 February 1988) he married Adélaïde Marie Béatrice Drapé-Frisch (b. 4 September 1989) on 28 December 2012 (civil ceremony) and 29 December 2012 (religious ceremony). They have two daughters.
    • Katarina Marie Christine Fabiola of Austria (b. 22 December 2014)
    • Sophia of Austria (b. August 2017)
  • Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (b. Meyrin, 26 September 1990).
  • Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine Charlotte of Austria (b. Geneva, 26 March 1994), engaged on 22 October 2017 to her second cousin, Prince Henri of Bourbon-Parma (born Roskilde, 14 October 1991).[5] They have a daughter.
    • Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia of Bourbon (b. 30 October 2017)

Marie-Astrid is also godmother to Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Archduke Joseph of Austria and Anna Maria von Auersperg-Trautson.

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

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 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 of Luxembourg, Nassau and Bourbon-Parma


National honours

As Princess of Luxembourg, at 18 years old :

Foreign honours



  1. "the royals and the press".
  2. Paul Theroff's Royal News of 2008
  3. Lux-arazzi, Archduke "marries American"
  4. (German), Photos from the wedding
  5. Beeche, Arturo (2017). "Eurohistory: The European Royal History Journal". 20.4. California, US: Kensington House Books: 48. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. Honorary distinctions of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, publication of the government of Luxembourg : Princes and Princesses of the Grand-Ducal House of Luxembourg are Grand Crosses of the Order by birth but the decoration is worm only after they reach their majority (18 years old).
  7. Badraie Archived 2004-03-02 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Badraie Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Boletín Oficial del Estado
  10. Boletín Oficial del Estado
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