Thieves reportedly broke into her car and stole her handbag

By Caris Davis
June 05, 2016 09:45 AM
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King Philippe of Belgium’s younger sister, Princess Astrid, was the victim of a handbag snatch near Paris, Belgium’s Royal Palace has confirmed to journalists.

Thieves reportedly smashed her car’s front window, getting away with 2,000 Euros (US $2,273.20), her bag and the princess’ ID.

The robbery allegedly took place on Thursday afternoon at the St. Denis exit of the A86 motorway near Aubervilliers, a north-eastern suburb of Paris.

The thieves, who are thought to have been traveling on a motorbike or scooter, reportedly struck as the princess’s Mercedes as she was stuck in traffic on an off-ramp. They then allegedly seized the handbag next to the royal before riding off.

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Astrid’s husband Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and one of the princess’s three daughters were also in the car during the attack.

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Belgium’s Royal Palace declined to specify which daughter was involved or supply any further details about the incident.

Astrid recently became a grandmother for the first time when her daughter-in-law Elisabetta “Lili” Rosboch Von Wolkenstein gave birth to a daughter on May 17.

Lili, 28, and her husband Prince Amedeo, 30, called the new princess Anna Astrid in his mother’s honor.