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Original name:  Astrid Sophie Louise Thyra of Sweden
Birth: Nov. 17, 1905
Stockholms län, Sweden
Death: Aug. 29, 1935
Schwyz, Switzerland

Queen of Belgium. She was born in Stockholm, originally Princess of Sweden of the Bernadotte Dynasty, and by marriage was Queen Consort of Léopold III. Thus she was the mother of Belgium's Kings Baudouin I and Albert II as well as Luxembourg's Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte. Her full name was Astrid Sophie Louise Thyra. She was born a few days after her paternal grandfather of Sweden (Oscar II) lost the Norwegian throne and the very day before her maternal uncle of Denmark (Haakon VII) gained it. Growing up among the progressive Swedish court, and in a secondary line of accession, she was used to a more informal atmosphere than what was considered proper among the remaining European monarchies. She married Léopold in 1926, having to change her religion to do so, and tried to live as ordinary a life as possible, concentrating on taking care of her children. Criticized by the haute monde for her lack of attention to protocol, but loved by the masses, Queen Astrid could often be seen taking walks along the boulevards of Brussels with her children. King Léopold and the rest of the Belgian people loved her: her beauty, her lack of pretense and her untimely death in a car accident, with him driving at Küssnacht (which means Kiss Night), made her the most popular queen in the history of Belgium. (bio by: Find A Grave) 
Family links: 
   Carl of Sweden-Norway (1861 - 1951)
   Ingeborg of Sweden-Norway (1878 - 1958)
   Léopold III (1901 - 1983)*
  Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg (1927 - 2005)*
   Baudouin I (1930 - 1993)*
   Margaretha of Denmark (1899 - 1977)*
   Märtha (1901 - 1954)*
   Astrid (1905 - 1935)
   Carl of Sweden (1911 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Car accident (Packard 120)
Notre Dame Church
Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad
Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Plot: The Royal Crypt
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 25, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5527
Added by: Ron Moody
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