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Re: Imperial Highness
User logged in as William F
I don’t know if they have the style Imperial Highness on their passports or not. Accord to website of the Belgian Monarchy Princess Astrid is listed as a Royal Highness and her husband is listed as being Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince of Belgium with no style.
In a Wikipedia article it says that depending on the situation internally the couple are recognized as His and Hers Imperial and Royal Highness. I interpret this to me that legally they are only Prince and Princess of Belgium but that sometimes simply out of courtesy they’re also recognized as Imperial Highnesses. But it carries no legal authority.
Do Princesses Astrid of Belgium and Marie Astrid of Luxembourg actually have this qualifier, as well as the Archduchess title, on their passports?
The fact is that all the empires of Europe got dissolved a long time ago; so legally speaking, there are no more Imperial Highnesses around. Even the titles themselves are only unofficial, respected largely in social circles. To the best of my knowledge, only titles in reigning monarchies are legal, and can be officially used on passports.
That being said, Liechtenstein is willing to respect the royal rank of the wife of Hereditary Prince Aloys, since that's what she was born to (notwithstanding the fact that the house of Wittelsbach got deposed a century ago). As such, she is styled as HRH Hereditary Princess Sophie.
But the Benelux princesses are adopting the higher titles and qualifiers of husbands who belong to non-reigning foreign dynasties. That's why I question how their native countries deal with them.