Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este (Maria Laura Zita Beatrix Gerhard, born August 26, 1988), Princess Imperial of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, Princess of Modena, is the second child and oldest daughter of Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. She was born at the University Clinic St. Luc, Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium and is currently eighth in line to the Belgian throne. All of her grandparents and great-grandparents are royal -she descends from the Austrian, Belgian, Italian, French and Swedish royal families. Her godparents are Archduke Gerhard of Austria-Este and Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este.
On 9 September, 2005, Maria Laura, along with six other students, were riding home from St. John's International School in Waterloo when the bus collided into three cars and rolled over several times. All of the students managed to escape before the bus burst into flames. Maria Laura was unharmed but was taken to the hospital for observation and released to her parents after a few hours.