The Queen and her family aren’t the only royals taking advantage of their grand estates for summer, with this Belgium Princess having two lavish holiday destinations to pick from.
Isabella Orsini, who married Belgian Prince Edouard de Ligne in 2009, and is the goddaughter of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, spends her time utilising the stunning grounds of her husband’s neo-gothic castle in Belgium and jet-setting to her family’s glamorous villa in Umbria, Italy.
And the mother-of-three, 45, appears to delight in sharing her luxurious lifestyle with her 344,000 followers on Instagram.
Most recently, the glamorous Italian actress is often snapped sunbathing next to her villa’s swimming pool or enjoying the relaxing spa facilities it seems to boast, reports Tatler.
Isabella is staying at the country house in Monte Tezio near Puglia, with her parents and her husband and their young three children Princess Althea, Princess Athénaïs and Prince Antoine.
It’s a relaxing retreat for the family as they spend the last of their summer together, with Isabella praising the home as the perfect place to unwind.
‘Whenever I can, I retire here to paint, to garden in my vegetable garden, to watch the roses that I have planted myself and to have fun cooking organic recipes based on black truffles, the specialty of my region’, the princess told Paris-Match in a 2013 interview.
Isabella’s family started their summer during lockdown with a staycation at Edoaurd’s ancestral home, Château d’Antoing.
It has been in the family since the 1700s and features a neo-gothic style, complete with ivy-covered walls and picturesque turrets.
Proving the perfect backdrop for most of Isabella’s Instagram snaps, the family enjoyed days out cycling and horse riding while at the estate.
The castle offers stunning views of the surrounding grounds and comes with sprawling dining rooms and historic paintings.
Château d’Antoing lies in the town of the same name, in the province of Hainaut in the Wallonia region in Belgium.
It dates back to the 10th century and went to the De Ligne family in 1634 through marriage.
The main castle is off limits but guided visits are possible to the courtyard, a chapel, and to the top of the highest tower.
Isabella is an actress and producer, known for Italian film Remember Me, My Love (2003), and drama Modena Modena Modena station for Carpi Suzzara Mantova si Cambia ( 2003).
Just several hundred watched her marry her prince in 2009, in Antoing, Belgium, whose prestigious Belgian noble family can trace its roots back to the 11th century.
Edouard is the son of Charles-Antoine Lamoral, Prince de Ligne de La Tremoille, the third cousin once removed of Michel, the 14th Prince of Ligne, who has connection to the Luxembourg royal family.
For her big day, Isabella sported a dress inspired by the wedding gown of Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Ranier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956.
Isabella’s wedding dress – with a lace bodice and full-skirted gown – proved to also be very similar to the frock worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, who married Prince William in 2011.
She told Italian magazine Novella 2000: ‘As soon as the Duchess of Cambridge went out to go to church, I thought her dress was a copy of mine. It means Kate Middleton has good taste.’
Although Isabella’s was made for her by Belgian designer Gerald Watelet, it bore many similar hallmarks to Kate’s couture gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, from the lace applique bodice and sleeves to its full skirt and dramatic train.
The similarities were heightened by the fact that both women are slender, very pretty brunettes, and though the hairstyle differed, they both wore veils with diamond tiaras.
The likeness was so striking that newspapers and magazines across Germany, Belgium, France and Italy branded the Duchess’ dress a copy, with headlines reading ‘Copy-Kate’ and ‘Copycat Kate’.