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Amedeo and Elisabetta introduce Belgium’s new royal baby

Prince Amedeo of Belgium and his wife, Elisabetta, have announced the name they’ve picked for their new son. The little boy, who was born on September 6th 2019, has been called Maximilian.

His name was made public as the couple introduced their second child to the world. Maximilian takes centre stage in a new photo of the family, sitting on his father’s lap while his big sister, Anna Astrid, gets a cuddle from her mum.

Photo: Royal Palace, Belgium/Twitter

Maximilian was born at 9.05pm on September 6th at the UMC Saint-Pierre Hospital in Brussels. He weighed in at 3.3 kg and measured 50 cm at birth. His arrival was announced by the Belgian Royal Palace which added “Both mother and child are doing well. Their families share their great joy.”

Prince Amedeo is the eldest child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and a nephew of King Philippe. His father is Archduke Lorenz of Austria-Este. Amedeo married Elisabetta von Rosboch, known as Lili, in Rome in July 2014.

The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Anna Astrid, on 17 May 2016. She holds the title of Archduchess, and it is expected that her brother will hold the title Archduke. These titles come from their paternal grandfather, Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este who is the head of the House of Austria-Este.

Maximilian is a second great-grandchild for King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium.

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