Archduchess of Austria welcomes first child with husband
25th October 2021

Welcome to the world Otto! Glamorous law graduate and D&G model the Archduchess of Austria welcomes first child with her racing car driver husband

  • Eleonore von Habsburg, 27, welcomed first child with Jérôme d’Ambrosio 
  • The Archduchess is the great-granddaughter of Austria’s last Emperor 
  • Announced the news on Instagram, posting: ‘Welcome to the world little Otto’
  •  Dolce & Gabbana model studied law and insists she leads a ‘normal life’
  • Pair have been dating since 2017 and married in a low key ceremony last July 

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

Eleonore von Habsburg, 27, whose full title is Archduchess of Austria, Royal Princess of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, tied the knot with Formula E racer Jérôme d’Ambrosio, 35, at a registry office in Monaco last July, according to Hello! 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 20th October 2021.

‘Your parents could not 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 shared the news online with a black-and-white snap of her son’s hand, writing: ‘Welcome to the world little Otto – born 20th October 2021’ (pictured) 

The royal said she and her husband were ‘could not be more proud’ of their young son Otto, who was born last week

The couple have 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 leading 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 reigned for two years until the monarchy was abolished at the end of the First World War.

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

Eleonore and Jérôme married in a lowkey ceremony last July, and appeared overjoyed as they walked into their outdoor lunch 

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

The couple had planned a large church wedding but due to coronavirus restrictions, 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.

However, after the Second World War, he emerged from the ashes of his family’s crumbled empire as a champion of a united and democratic Europe, particularly during its Cold War division.

Habsburg used his influence in a vain struggle to keep the Nazis from annexing Austria before World War II, then campaigned against the Soviet empire in the decades after the war.

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, he used his seat in European Parliament to lobby for expanding the European Union to include former Eastern bloc nations.


Despite Eleonore’s royal connections, she previously told Madonna24 how her parents have always insisted that she and her siblings stay ‘grounded’ and she loves shopping in high street stalwarts such as Mango, Zara and H&M.

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

Eleonore has been with d’Ambrosio, since early 2017 and has close links 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 London’s European Business School.

The brainy aristo beauty speaks fluent German and English, and is reportedly proficient in French and Spanish too.

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

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

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

But she insists she does not have her sights set on modelling, telling Madonna24: ‘It was a great experience – but the model business is definitely not my main career path.’ 

The newlyweds appeared overjoyed as they posed for photographs at their reception venue, 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 two years of dating (pictured together in 2019)

Eleonore is a keen jet-setter and 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 driven in the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

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

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