Princess Astrid of Belgium was robbed of her purse in Paris

Princess Astrid of Belgium was in Paris last week and had her purse stolen by a group of thieves. The pack smashed the passenger window of the car she was in while the royal was stuck in traffic on the outskirts of the city.

According to Le Parisien, robbers snatched the Princess's handbag that was next to her, which contained approximately $2,790 and her identity documents.

Astrid was travelling with her husband Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and one of the couple's three daughters.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYPrincess Astrid Princess Astrid was robbed of $2,790 and her identity documents

Representatives for the Belgian royal palace confirmed the incident, although they declined to give more details or clarify which of the daughters was present.

The robbery took place on Thursday 2 June at the St. Denis exit of the A86 motorway near Aubervilliers, a Parisian suburb.

It is thought the thieves were riding a motorbike or scooter when they shattered the Princess' Mercedes car window and sped off. An investigation is being carried out by local police in Seine-Saint-Denis.

Princess Astrid next to Prince Lorenz The Belgian royal was with her husband Prince Lorenz at the time of the incident

Princess Astrid is the only daughter of King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium. She is the younger sister of the reigning monarch King Philippe.

Last month Astrid, who has five children with her husband, became a grandmother for the first time. Her eldest child Prince Amedeo, 30, welcomed his first baby with his wife Princess Elisabetta.

Anna Astrid Princess Astrid's first grandchild Anna Astrid pictured

The pair decided to name their daughter after her grandmothers, Anna Astrid. A palace spokesperson said: "Everyone is very happy. The little girl was named after her grandmother Anna on her mother's side, and her grandmother Astrid on her father's."

Amedeo and Elisabetta were in high spirits as they left the hospital a few weeks ago. Speaking to reporters, the Prince said: "It's something new for us. We're a little nervous but it's fantastic. It's a new life that begins."

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