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 26 August 1988 at the Saint Luc University Hospital in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
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 Prince Lorenz is the head of the House of Austria-Este.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Astrid with the children Joachim, Maria Laura and Luisa Maria.
Princess Maria Laura is the niece of King Philippe of the Belgians. She is 8th place in the list for Belgium’s succession to the throne.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Maria Laura has four siblings:
- Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este (21 February 1986)
- Prince Joachim, Archduke of Austria-Este (9 December 1991)
- Princess Luisa Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (11 October 1995)
- Princess Laetitia Maria, Archduchess of Austria-Este (23 April 2003)
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.Embed from Getty Images
Maria Laura and siblings lived in Basel, Switzerland, with her parents. Her father Prince Lorenz worked 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.Embed from Getty Images
Archduchess Maria Laura with her siblings and cousins posed por a photo with their grandparents King Albert and Queen Paola of the Belgians.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Astrid with children Maria Laura and Amedeo.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Maria-Laura, Prince Amedeo, Princess Laetitia, Prince Lorenz, Prince Joachim and Princess Astrid.
In 1998, the family moved to Villa Schonenberg located within the grounds the Palace of Laeken, the official residence of the King of the Belgians.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
Princess Maria Laura and parents Princess Astrid and Prince Lorentz of Belgium.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Family at the celebrations for the 50th birthday of Princess Astrid of Belgium.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Princess Maria Laura, Prince Amedeo and Princess Laetitia Maria.
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.
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, Anna Astrid of Austria-Este.Embed from Getty Images
Maria Laura at the Wedding of her brother Prince Amedeo and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch Von Wolkenstein.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Princess 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.Embed from Getty Images
Archduchess Maria Laura and brother Prince Joachim at the Funeral of Queen Fabiola of Belgium In Laeken in 2014.Embed from Getty Images
Belgian Princess Maria Laura has been living in London for five years, she lives there as “Laura de Belgique”. Since April 2016, she has been working in the British Capital as an analyst at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).Embed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
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