- 2 Marriage and children
- 3 Royal role
- 4 Titles and styles
- 5 Honours
- 6 External links
- 7 Footnotes
- 8 References
She is a daughter of Nicholas John Coombs, a British-born businessman, and his Belgian wife, Nicole Eva Gabrielle Thérèse, née Mertens. Her family relocated to Dion-le-Val, near to Brussels in francophone Wallonia in 1977. She has therefore lived in Belgium since age 3.
On 12 April 2003, she married Prince Laurent of Belgium, the second son of Albert II of Belgium. The civil ceremony was held at Brussels Town Hall, and the religious ceremony at theCathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula. The wedding gown was an Edouard Vermeulen design. The bride was created a Princess of Belgium in her own right shortly before the ceremony, on 1 April 2003 and upon her marriage, she became Her Royal Highness Princess Claire.
The couple have three children:
- Princess Louise Sophie Mary, born 6 February 2004
- Prince Nicolas Casimir Marie, born 13 December 2005 (twin)
- Prince Aymeric Auguste Marie, born 13 December 2005 (twin)
As a member of the royal family, Princess Claire has been awarded the Order of Leopold. She takes part in public events such as the celebrations for Belgium's National Day, and royal family events such as weddings and christenings.
She occasionally appears in public accompanying her husband, generally in support of environmental causes or animal charities. She is also a leading patron of the Brussels Choral Society, which sang at the religious part of her marriage ceremony.
- Miss Claire Louise Coombs (1974–2003)
- Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Belgium (2003–present)
Claire Coombs received the title Princess of Belgium from the King ten days before her marriage, by Royal Decree of April 1, 2003 (effective as of the date of the wedding, on 12 April 2003). This title is no longer automatic for a consort since a Royal Decree of 1991, abrogating the 1891 Royal Decree that accorded the wife of a Prince of Belgium the feminine version of that title upon approved marriage.