European Royals

3rd boy for the Archduchess Marie Christine and Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum

Archduchess Marie-Christine, the daughter of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl-Christian, granddaughter of Grand Duke Jean  and her husband, Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum have welcomed their third child, a boy!

The newest member of their growing family, Count Gabriel de Limburg-Stirum joins his older brothers: Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum; or Léopold as he is called, born on 19 April 2011 and Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum, otherwise known as Constantin born two years later on 25 October 2013.

Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria was born in Brussels on 31 July 1983. She married Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum on 6 December 2008 in a civil and religious ceremony. Count Rodolphe was born in Uccle on 20 March 1979.

Marie-Christine grew up near Geneva, Switzerland. She also attended a boarding school in the United Kingdom, and she is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish. After completing school, she lived in Chile for a while. She worked on a humanitarian aid project to improve living conditions of people in the southern part of the country.

After returning home, she attended the Institut Libre Marie Haps in Brussels. There, she studied psychology. Specifically, Psychomotor education, which is an pedagogic and therapeutic approach that focuses on supporting one’s personal development.

Count Rodolphe grew up in Huldenberg and attended local schools there. He was also educated in Brussels at the Vesalius College where he studied international affairs and economics. He earned his Bachelors Degree in 2004. He is fluent in French, Flemish, and English.  He can also speak a bit of Spanish and German.

Like his wife, the Count also has humanitarian interests. In the latter part of the 1990’s, he organised and participated in humanitarian aid missions in Mexico and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a founding member of “Super Day”, a charity which seeks to help underpriviledged and sick children. Since his graduation, he has worked for several companies and banks in finance.

Congratulations to the happy family!