Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este (Amedeo Marie Joseph Carl Pierre Philippe Paola Marcus d’Aviano; born 21 February 1986) is a member of the Belgian Royal Family. He is the heir to the headship of the House of Austria-Este, a cadet branch of the Habsburg-Lorraine, and is sixth in line to the throne of Belgium.
Amedeo was born at the University Clinic St. Luc, Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium, the first child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. He bears the same given name as his paternal great-grandfather Prince Amedeo, Duke of Aosta. His godparents are his uncle, King Philippe of Belgium and maternal grandmother, Queen Paola of Belgium. Amedeo himself is godfather to his cousin, the Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant. Amedeo has one younger brother Joachim (b. 1991) and three younger sisters: Maria Laura (b. 1988), Luisa Maria (b. 1995) and Laetitia Maria (b. 2003).
He undertook primary school and the greater part of his secondary education at the strict Jesuit school Sint-Jan Berchmanscollege (founded 1604) in Brussels, popular with Belgian aristocracy and royalty. He finished his secondary education at Sevenoaks School in Kent, England between 2001 and 2004. Having finished his studies in Sevenoaks, the prince spent a year in Belgium’s Royal Military Academy. In September 2005 he began studies at the London School of Economics, where he graduated in 2008 with a “Bachelor of Science (BSc), Management”, and took a sabbatical before entering professional life.
Prince Amedeo completed military service and is a reserve officer in the Belgian Army.
From July 2009 to June 2012, he worked for Deloitte in New York City as a business analyst from July 2009 to June 2011 and as a management consultant in strategy and operations from July 2011 to June 2012.
On 15 February 2014, the Belgian Royal Court announced the engagement of Prince Amedeo to Italian journalist Elisabetta “Lili” Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein.
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 1991 Amedeo obtained, along with his mother and younger siblings, succession rights to the Belgian throne. In 1993 his maternal grandfather acceded to the throne as King Albert II and he became third in Belgium’s line of succession, following his uncle Philippe, Duke of Brabant, and his mother. Upon Philippe’s marriage in 1999 the prospect of Amedeo inheriting the throne substantially diminished, and the birth of a daughter and dynastic heir to Philippe in 2001 dropped his place in the order of succession down to fourth and, eventually to seventh, following the birth of Princess Eleonore, the youngest of Philippe’s children.
The abdication on 21 July 2013 of his grandfather King Albert II of the Belgians promoted him to sixth in line to the throne