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Archduchess of Austria welcomes first child with husband, race car driver

The young Archduchess of Austria has announced that she has welcomed her first child with her Belgian racing driver husband with a gushing post on Instagram.

Eleanor von Habsburg, 27, whose full title is Archduchess of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, tied the knot with Formula E racer Jérôme d’Ambrosio, 35, at a registration office in Monaco last July, according to Hey! magazine.

She shared the news online with a black and white snap of her son’s hand, writing: ‘Welcome to the world little Otto – born October 20, 2021.

“Your parents couldn’t be more proud of you. Our hearts are full of love.’

Eleonore von Habsburg, 27, whose full title is Archduchess of Austria, Royal Princess of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, has welcomed her first child with Formula E racer Jérôme d'Ambrosio

Eleonore von Habsburg, 27, whose full title is Archduchess of Austria, Royal Princess of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, has welcomed her first child with Formula E racer Jérôme d’Ambrosio

Eleonore shared the news online with a black and white photo of her son's hand, writing: 'Welcome to the world little Otto - born October 20, 2021' (pictured)

Eleonore shared the news online with a black and white photo of her son's hand, writing: 'Welcome to the world little Otto - born October 20, 2021' (pictured)

Eleonore shared the news online with a black and white photo of her son’s hand, writing: ‘Welcome to the world little Otto – born October 20, 2021’ (pictured)

The royal family said she and her husband “couldn’t be prouder” of their young son Otto, who was born last week

The couple named their first son after Eleonore’s late grandfather, Otto, the last Crown Prince of Austria.

Born in Salzburg, the glamorous model and socialite is the daughter of Archduke Karl von Habsburg – head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine and a prominent politician – and his estranged wife, Baroness Francesca von Habsburg.

This makes Eleonore the great-granddaughter of the last Emperor of Austria, Charles I of Austria, who ruled for two years until the monarchy was abolished at the end of World War I.

At the height of its power, the House of Habsburg was one of the leading and most influential rulers in Europe.

Eleonore and Jérôme married in a quiet ceremony last July and seemed overjoyed when they walked into their alfresco lunch

Eleonore and Jérôme married in a quiet ceremony last July and seemed overjoyed when they walked into their alfresco lunch

Eleonore and Jérôme married in a quiet ceremony last July and seemed overjoyed when they walked into their alfresco lunch

The couple were joined for the occasion by a small group of family and friends (photo, Mayor of Monaco Georges Marsan, Henri d'Ambrosio, Giselle d'Ambrosio, Jerome d'Ambrosio, Eleanor of Habsburg, Karl of Habsburg and Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza )

The couple were joined for the occasion by a small group of family and friends (photo, Mayor of Monaco Georges Marsan, Henri d'Ambrosio, Giselle d'Ambrosio, Jerome d'Ambrosio, Eleanor of Habsburg, Karl of Habsburg and Francesca Thyssen- Bornemisza )

The couple were joined for the occasion by a small group of family and friends (photo, Mayor of Monaco Georges Marsan, Henri d’Ambrosio, Giselle d’Ambrosio, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Eleanor of Habsburg, Karl of Habsburg and Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza )

The couple had planned a large church wedding, but due to the restrictions of the coronavirus, they opted for a smaller civil ceremony at a registry office.

One of the great personalities of modern European history: Otto von Habsburg

Born in 1912, Otto Habsburg was heir to the empire until it collapsed at the end of World War I and his family went into exile.

After World War II, however, he rose from the ashes of his family’s crumbling empire as a champion of a united and democratic Europe, especially during the Cold War division.

Habsburg used his influence in a futile battle to prevent the Nazis from annexing Austria before World War II, then campaigned against the Soviet Empire in the decades following the war.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, he used his seat in the European Parliament to lobby for enlargement of the European Union to include former Eastern Bloc countries.

Despite Eleonore’s royal connections, she previously shared: Madonna24 how her parents have always insisted that she and her siblings stay ‘grounded’ and she loves shopping in well-known high streets such as Mango, Zara and H&M.

“I am incredibly grateful to my parents for not raising us with the belief that it is normal to go to a Swiss boarding school and live in a posh apartment in London,” she told the site.

Eleonore has been with d’Ambrosio since early 2017 and has close ties to the racing world with her brother Ferdinand Habsburg, a DTM driver.

The eldest of three children, she attended boarding school in Gstaad, Switzerland, before studying law at the European Business School in London.

The intelligent aristo beauty is fluent in German and English and is reportedly proficient in French and Spanish as well.

And it seems fashion runs in the family, as her mother, who is descended from Swiss nobility, also enjoyed a brief stint as a model before pursuing a career as an art collector.

It is not known if she has pursued a career in law, but she has risen to fame in the fashion world with high profile campaigns for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana under her belt.

She was chosen to star in the Italian luxury label’s SS18 runway show in Milan, along with other beauties of the society including Lady Kitty Spencer, Lady Amelia Windsor and Maria-Olympia from Greece and Denmark.

But she insists she hasn’t set her sights on modeling, telling Madonna24: “It was a great experience, but the modeling business is definitely not my main career path.”

The newlyweds seemed overjoyed as they posed for photos at their reception, where they were joined by a larger group of friends and family to celebrate their nuptials.

The newlyweds seemed overjoyed as they posed for photos at their reception, where they were joined by a larger group of friends and family to celebrate their nuptials.

The newlyweds seemed overjoyed as they posed for photos at their reception, where they were joined by a larger group of friends and family to celebrate their nuptials.

The newlyweds seemed overjoyed as they posed for photos at their reception, where they were joined by a larger group of friends and family to celebrate their nuptials.

The newlyweds seemed overjoyed as they posed for photos at their reception, where they were joined by a larger group of friends and family to celebrate their nuptials.

The couple announced their engagement in March 2019 after dating for two years (pictured together in 2019)

The couple announced their engagement in March 2019 after dating for two years (pictured together in 2019)

The couple announced their engagement in March 2019 after dating for two years (pictured together in 2019)

An avid jet-setter, Eleonore regularly posts Instagram updates from far-flung destinations including Cambodia, Morocco and Argentina to name a few.

Based in Monaco, d’Ambrosio is also a brand ambassador for Hugo Boss and Julius Baer and has previously raced in Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The couple announced their engagement in March 2019 after dating for two years.

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