Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este
|His Imperial and Royal Highness|
|The Archduke of Austria-Este|
|Prince Lorenz at the wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden in 2010|
|Born||16 December 1955|
Belvedere Clinic, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Lorenz Otto Carl Amadeus Thadeus Maria Pius Andreas Marcus d'Aviano|
|Father||Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este|
|Mother||Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta|
Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este (Given names: Lorenz Otto Carl Amadeus Thadeus Maria Pius Andreas Marcus d'Aviano; born 16 December 1955) is a prince of Belgium and a member of the Belgian royal family as the husband of Princess Astrid of Belgium. He is the head of the Este branch House of Habsburg-Lorraine; he has held this position since 1996.
Prince Lorenz was born at Belvedere Clinic in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as the second child and eldest son of Robert, Archduke of Austria-Este, and his wife, Archduchess Margaret (née Princess Margherita of Savoy-Aosta). He is the grandson of Charles I of Austria, the last Emperor of Austria.
He and his uncle, Carl Ludwig, complained about the constitutional provision that prohibited members of the former ruling dynasty from running in the Austrian presidential elections, and the terms under which their family was banished from the country. Their subsequent appeal to the European Commission for Human Rights was ruled inadmissible by the court. Further, in June 2011, the Habsburg Law was repealed by the Austrian Parliament.
On 22 September 1984, at Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon in Brussels, Prince Lorenz married Princess Astrid of Belgium, the only daughter of the then-Prince and Princess of Liège, later King Albert II and Queen Paola. The couple has five children: Prince Amedeo, Princess Maria Laura, Prince Joachim, Princess Luisa Maria, and Princess Laetitia Maria. Prince Lorenz is the godfather to Prince Carl-Johan of Nassau, youngest child of Prince Jean of Luxembourg, and Count Costantino Secco di Aragona, the oldest son of his cousin, Archduchess Catharina-Maria of Austria.
Since 2004, Lorenz has served as the honorary president of the Council of the Koninklijke Vereniging der Historische Woonsteden van België/Association Royale des Demeures Historiques de Belgique. Since 2005, he has also served as the Patron of Europae Thesauri, an association of European cathedral and church treasuries.
The title Prince of Belgium was granted to him by royal decree on 10 November 1995 by his father-in-law, King Albert II of Belgium. The Belgian monarchy refers to him as the Archduke of Austria-Este.
- Grand Master of the Order of the Eagle of Este
- 1,285th Knight of the Distinguished Order of the Golden Fleece (Austrian Imperial Family)
- Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold (Belgium)
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau (Luxembourg)
- Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown (Netherlands)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I (Montenegrin Royal Family)
- Grand Cross of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit
- Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry (Portugal)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Crown (Romanian Royal Family)
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (Spain)
- Commander Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden)
- 1980– : Austrian Armed Forces, Lieutenant as Reserve Officer
- Decision made on 14 December 1989; case number 15344/89
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- Almanach de Gotha (2019, Vol I) Page 54
- "Presidency of the Republic - Chancellery of Portuguese Honorary Orders". dre.pt.
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