This Saturday, September 10, 2022, the Belgian royal family was in full force to attend the wedding of Princess Maria Laura of Belgium. Even the two great-grandchildren of King Albert II and Queen Paola were present. Archduke Maximilian had the role of little page, while Archduchess Anna Astrid was among the children of honor.
First public appearance of Archduke Maximilian of Austria-Este at his aunt’s wedding
On Saturday September 10, 2022, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, eldest daughter of Princess Astrid and Archduke Lorenz, married William Isvy civilly and religiously. At the religious wedding, which took place at the Cathedral of Saints-Michels-et-Gudule a few hours after the civil wedding at the Brussels City Hall, the entire royal family was reunited.
From 23 princes and princesses of Belgium, only Princess Marie-Christine, who has not given any sign of life since her departure for the United States, was absent at the wedding. Even Joséphine and Oscar, the children of Princess Delphine, recognized as the natural daughter of King Albert II, were present. Also present were the 16 members of the family who appear in the order of succession to the Belgian throne, including the two great-grandchildren of King Albert II, who are not Prince and Princess of Belgium.
Archduchess Anna-Astrid and her brother at the wedding of Princess Maria Laura
Anna-Astrid of Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, Princess of Modena, born in 2016, is the first child of Prince Amedeo, eldest son of Princess Astrid and brother of Princess Maria Laura. Amedeo and his wife, Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein, are also the parents of Archduke Maximilian, who celebrated his 3rd birthday a few days ago. Amedeo is 6th in the order of succession to the Belgian throne, his daughter 7th and his son 8th. Princess Maria Laura is 8th, behind her nephew. King Albert II does not yet have any other great-grandchildren.
Anna Astrid is 6 years old and the last photo we had of her was taken when her brother was born in 2019. As for Maximilian, he had never been photographed in public since his birth. Anna Astrid took on the role of child of honor, along with Maria-Thereza Droste zu Vischering von Nesselrode, Aurora and Eulalia Peters. Maximilan was one of the little pages at his aunt’s wedding. He was helped by Alvaro d’Orléans-Bourbon, a little older who held him by the hand.
Prince Amedeo is the dynastic heir of his father, Archduke Lorenz, son of Archduke Rudolf and grandson of Emperor Charles 1 of Austria. Rudolph inherited the dynastic branch of the rulers of Modena. As such, Lorenz is the current pretender to the throne of the Duchy of Modena, which until 1859 was occupied by a sovereign from the Austrian imperial family. Amedeo is the crown prince of the duchy and his son Maximilian is his heir. Amedeo has already inherited another professional title from his father. The eldest grandson of King Albert II succeeded his father at the head of the Swiss bank Gutzwiller. Since 2021, Amedeo has become managing partner of Banque Gutzwiller and his father stepped aside, remaining a limited partner.