The royal family of Belgium is anticipating a new member to join their regal clan.
According to reports, Prince Amedeo, who is sixth in line to the throne, is expecting his first child with his wife Elisabetta “Lili” Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein. The royal palace confirmed the news to People magazine, verifying Elisabetta’s pregnancy.
The baby, who has been rumored to be due in May, will become seventh in succession to the Belgian throne, which is currently held by King Philippe, Amedeo's uncle. But the royal newcomer will not hold the title of prince or princess due to a technicality of the Belgian constitution that briefly stripped Amedeo of his title — an event known as Amedeogate.
But noble title or not, the birth of Elisabetta and Prince Amedeo’s baby will be a significant one for the royal family seeing as though the newborn will be the first grandchild to Prince Amedeo’s parents, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz. The baby will also be the first great-grandchild for ex-King Albert II, who abdicated his throne in 2013 in favor of his eldest son, Philippe.
Prince Amedeo and Elisabetta met while they were students in London before Prince Amedeo graduated from London School of Economics in 2008. The two moved to New York, where Amedeo went to school at Columbia University to earn his master's degree while Elisabetta worked at Bloomberg News. The longtime couple announced their engagement in February 2014 before getting married that July 5 in Rome's Basilica Santa Maria.