Belgian Prince Abdicates For Love (And Other Technical Reasons)

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Belgian Prince Abdicates For Love (And Other Technical Reasons)

by Sophie Wilkinson |
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We’ve seen every incarnation of Disney characters in different circumstances e.g. if the Princes were gay, if the Princesses were all fat…but we’re still yet to see artists’ renditions of what they’d look like when they abdicate. Luckily, we have the real world on hand to provide actual stuff princes and princesses do.

You see, a Belgian prince is actually no longer a prince because he’s quit the throne for love. Well, for love and for the opportunity to live like a normal-ish person.

Prince Amedeo, 29, who was sixth in line to the throne gave up all his regal duties when he married Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein, 27, in Rome, because he didn’t get permission from his uncle.

His uncle, King Phillipe of Belgium, is meant to grant the betrothed with a decree of ‘dynastic authorisation’ and this should be reported in the _Moniteur Belg_e. But he didn’t. This means, automatically, the marriage works as an abdication.


This was because Amedeo wanted to give up his princely name so that he could live independently from any official role.

Not only does this mean that Prince Amedeo’s children won’t be considered princes or princesses, but it slims down the amount of Belgian royals, which is something they’re all said to be moving towards because of controversies over how much they’re costing the country.

What’s extra sweet is that his wife – known as Lili, for short – doesn’t seem to want to be a princess much, as she happily married in the knowledge she won’t be Princess of Belgium. That said, she’ll still get some titles passed down from Amedeo’s father’s side of the family, namely Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Hungary, reports* The Times*.

As for jobs? Well, Lili Rosbosch is a journalist covering the arts for Bloomberg in New York…Amedeo? Well, he’s got an MBA, so will probs work in the financial sector, earning way much more than any small-time prince could sponge off of the state, but maybe let’s leave them to enjoy their honeymoon first…

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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