On this day in auto history - August 29th

Sun 29th Aug 2021

It was on this day in 1935 that the world of high society was rocked when news emerged that Queen Astrid of Belgium had been killed in a car crash in Switzerland.

Just 29 and pregnant at the time, Queen Astrid died instantly after a collision with a pear tree on a drive in the mountains near Lake Lucerne. Her husband, King Leopold III - who was driving the convertible they were travelling in - escaped the crash with just minor injuries.

A Swedish-born princess, Astrid was famed for her glamour and was well known in the UK having been previously talked about as a potential bride for King Edward VIII before he married American divorcee Wallis Simpson and was forced to abdicate.

The death of Queen Astrid was particularly significant as it represented arguably the best-known world figure to die in a car crash at that point in history.