Archduchess Elisabetta of Austria-Este (born Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein on 9 September 1987) is the wife of Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este.
Elisabetta was born in Rome on 9 September 1987, the only child of Italian film producer Ettore Rosboch von Wolkenstein (born in 1945), heir to a pharmaceutical fortune from his Austrian mother, and his wife Countess Anna Maria “Lilia” de Smecchia, also a film producer. Elisabetta’s godfather and uncle was the so-called “editor prince” Don Carlo Caracciolo, 9th Prince di Castagneto and 4th Duke di Melito, who, with Donna Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, wife of Fiat tycoon Gianni Agnelli, are Ettore’s half-siblings, all children of Don Filippo Caracciolo, 8th Prince di Castagneto, Elisabetta’s grandfather.
Elisabetta’s paternal grandmother, née Elisabeth von Jaworski von Wolkenstein, was the one-year-widow of Italian Finance Undersecretary Nob. Ettore Bernardo Rosboch when her son Ettore was born to Don Filippo (Carlo and Marella Caracciolo were born of his only marriage to American heiress Margaret Clarke), this extramarital status excluding Elisabetta’s father from inheriting the Caracciolo surname and titles.
In 2008 Don Carlo left Elisabetta and her father US$1 million in his will. Through the Italian princely families of Caracciolo and Ruffo (to the latter of which Amedeo’s maternal grandmother, Queen Paola, belongs by birth), Amedeo and Elisabetta both descend from Giuseppe Tiberio Ruffo, Count of Sinopoli (1627-1683), while through German princely dynasties their most recent common ancestor is Franz Albrecht I, Prince of Oettingen-Spielberg (1663-1737).
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On 15 February 2014, the Belgian Royal Court announced the engagement of Elisabetta and Prince Amedeo.
The couple’s wedding was celebrated on 5 July 2014 in Rome’s Basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere, in the presence of the Royal Family of Belgium (with the exception of his great-aunt Queen Fabiola), as well as members of the cadet branches of the House of Habsburg, including the bridegroom’s grandmother, Margherita of Savoy, Dowager Archduchess of Austria-Este, and members of other dynasties, including Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, Princess Beatrice of York and Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoléon. The couple were planning to relocate in Belgium after the wedding.
In April 2016, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child, due to be born in May of that year. Their daughter, Archduchess Anna Astrid of Austria-Este, was born on 17 May 2016 in Brussels