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« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2012, 04:18:35 AM »

Another Royal true love story, like Henri and MT of Luxembourg...I love it! 
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« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2012, 03:12:46 PM »

Wasn´t her father so thrilled that she married a Royal?
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« Reply #32 on: June 06, 2012, 04:46:02 PM »

Wasn´t her father so thrilled that she married a Royal?

Actually, Albert was reluctant to allow the marriage on account of Astrid's age. She met Lorenz at her 18th birthday ball and fell head over heels in love and wanted to marry right away. Albert refused to consider a marriage until she was at least 21, so as soon as she turned 21 she got married. Tongue

Lorenz is considerably older than she is.

Uncle Baudouin was the one who was reportedly thrilled that she was bucking the trend and marrying into such an ancient Royal House as the Habsburgs.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #33 on: June 06, 2012, 05:19:45 PM »

lorenz is 7 years older than astrid. that's not a lot imo.
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« Reply #34 on: June 06, 2012, 06:22:34 PM »

lorenz is 7 years older than astrid. that's not a lot imo.

No, you're right...it isn't! I thought I read somewhere on else that he was 12-13 years older!  Thinking
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« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2012, 06:29:42 PM »

Philippe is 13 years older than Mathilde.
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« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2012, 06:31:51 PM »

7 years isn't a lot now, but it makes for a bigger difference when the youngest is 18. Late teens to mid-twenties is when (for a lot of people) most of the growing up and maturing takes place, it's when people start and finish their studies, maybe realise they've grown apart from old friends and find new ones, and you really get a feeling for what you want to do with your life. Making Astrid wait till she was 21 seems like a good call to me - and no harm came of it either, they were still together and wanting to get married three years later!
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« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2012, 07:15:31 PM »

Philippe is 13 years older than Mathilde.

Another very successful match. I wonder if Mathilde wasn't just very serious/mature for her age so that balanced everything out? She and Philippe are very close.
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« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2012, 11:00:49 PM »

Astreed had too many children for the Belgian taxpayers to support.

What are you suggesting, should she have farmed out or sold a few of them?  Thinking

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« Reply #39 on: June 07, 2012, 08:53:49 AM »

Is that Luisa Maria; the girl with the long hair and colourfull trousers? I hadn't seen pictures from her in ages. She seems to have suddenly grown up.
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« Reply #40 on: June 07, 2012, 10:36:58 PM »

They've figured out that they'd better not count on tax money and a lot of royal duties, at least. When you think about it, they're in the same position as the York girls, but they're not clinging to the royal life with teeth and claws. Amedeo especially; they had him in line to succeed Philippe eventually until Elisabeth was born, and he got the full heir-to-the-heir education and attention for a large part of his life. It's good to see that he isn't insisting on it and that he does his own thing instead.  


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« Reply #41 on: June 08, 2012, 03:53:01 PM »

Thank you for the congrats, my ladies!  Hug  Star

Philippe is 13 years older than Mathilde.

Another very successful match. I wonder if Mathilde wasn't just very serious/mature for her age so that balanced everything out? She and Philippe are very close.

With that age gap, I hope she was. She didn't give off vibes of being a doormat or a young trophy wife, at any rate.
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« Reply #42 on: June 08, 2012, 04:11:14 PM »

Congrats on your big 500 Chriss...HURRAY!  Banana Jumping
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« Reply #43 on: June 09, 2012, 02:31:09 AM »

Astreed had too many children for the Belgian taxpayers to support.

What are you suggesting, should she have farmed out or sold a few of them?  Thinking

OMG Kitty...you crack me up.  Laugh bounce  Star

I got a good chuckle from that too, Kitty. 

Question:  how many children are too many?
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« Reply #44 on: June 09, 2012, 12:18:37 PM »

Astreed had too many children for the Belgian taxpayers to support.

What are you suggesting, should she have farmed out or sold a few of them?  Thinking

OMG Kitty...you crack me up.  Laugh bounce  Star

I got a good chuckle from that too, Kitty. 

Question:  how many children are too many?

Going by royal standards, five are an embarrassingly low number anyway, especially if you're married to a Habsburg with their penchant for huge families to have enough kids for all the strategic marriages. Once you hit double digits,that's when it gets interesting.
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