Princess Maria Laura of Belgium


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Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia and Princess of Modena was born on born 26 August 1988 at the Saint Luc University Hospital in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium.

Maria Laura parents are Princess Astrid of Belgium (1962), sister of King Philippe of the Belgians and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este (1955). Since 1996 the Prince is head of the House of Austria-Este.

Princess Maria Laura is the niece of King Philippe of the Belgians and is in 8th place in the list for Belgium’s succession to the throne.

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Prince Joachim, Princess Astrid holding little Princess Laetitia Maria, Prince Lorenz, Princess Maria Laura, Prince Amadeo and Princess Luisa Maria of the Belgium posed for a photo in the garden of the Royal Palace as part of an informal photo session.

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Princess Maria Laura has four siblings:

  • Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (21 February 1986)
  • Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (11 October 1995)
  • Princess Laetitia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (23 April 2003)
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Archduchess Maria Laura with her siblings and cousins posed por a photo with their grandparents King Albert and Queen Paola of the Belgians.

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Princess Astrid with children Maria Laura and Amedeo.

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Princess Maria-Laura, Prince Amadeo, Princess Laetitia, Prince Lorenz, Prince Joachim and Princess Astrid.

Maria Laura and siblings lived in Basel, Switzerland, with her parents. Her father Prince Lorenz works for the Gutzwiller private bank in Basel.

The family returned to Belgium in the summer of 1993. They lived in a residence in the street of Brederode, right behind the Royal Palace of Brussels.

In 1998 they moved to Villa Schonenberg located within the grounds the Palace of Laeken, the official residence of the King of the Belgians.

The Princess and her siblings were educated at the St John Berchmans College, a Roman Catholic secondary in Brussel. She completed her secondary education at the St. John’s International School, an English-language international school located in Waterloo, Belgium.

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Princess Maria Laura and parents Princess Astrid and Prince Lorentz of Belgium.

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The Family at the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Princess Astrid of Belgium.

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Princess Maria Laura, Prince Amedeo and Princess Laetitia Maria.

In 2014 Princess Maria Laura’s older brother Amedeo married Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein (1987) on 5 July 2014. The couple have one daughter.

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At the Wedding of her brother Prince Amedeo and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch Von Wolkenstein.

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Maria Laura’s niece Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este was born 17 May 2016 in Brussels.

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Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este.

Princess Maria Laura moved to London and studied Chinese at The School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS University of London. She spent time in China as part of her studies in 2007-2008.

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Archduchess Maria Laura and brother Prince Joachim at the Funeral of Queen Fabiola of Belgium In Laeken in 2014.

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Later, she enrolled at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (English: National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations), a French research institution teaching languages that span Central Europe, Africa, Asia, America, and Oceania. 

The Princess has been living in London for five years, where she lives as “Laura de Belgique”. Since April 2016, she has been working in the British Capiatal as an analyst at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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On 18 June 2016, Princess Maria Laura and her boyfriend, Count Alexis de Warren, arrived together for the wedding of Princess Alix de Ligne.

In 2018, the Princess attended the mass to remember the 25th Anniversary of the death of King Baudouin of the Belgians at Notre Dame Church in Laeken, Belgium.

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