Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy were married in a civil ceremony on 19 October 2012, and a religious ceremony on 20 October 2012.
Cry and weep, marriageable women all over the world who had hoped to catch Europe’s last royal bachelor heir, for he is finally getting hitched. Yesterday morning a Belgian newspaper already reported it, and the Luxembourg Prime Minister confirmed it later that day at a press conference. Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg is engaged to the Belgian Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy.
The times are changing, and – taking in account the age of many of the monarchs worldwide – it is safe to assume that the coming years, we will see at least a few changes in the succession lines. Time to take a closer look at all those heirs, how they have prepared for their duties and how they are perceived among the public. The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg is the youngest of the lot, and because of his age and lack of experience in royal duties, I have long wondered if I should or should not include him.
Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, father of the current Grand Duke Henri and himself Sovereign of the little nation from 1964 to 2000, turned 90 years old last Wednesday 5 January 2011.
On 7 October 2000, Grand Duke Jean of Luxemburg abdicated in favour of his son, then 45-year old Hereditary Grand Duke Henri. Today Luxembourg celebrates 10 years of Henri’s reign, which already had some major ups and downs.
Prince Henri was born on 16 April 1955 as eldest son and second child of then Hereditary Grand Duke Jean and Hereditary Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte, née Princess of Belgium. Barely nine years later, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg abdicated in favour of her son, making Henri first in line to the throne. The Hereditary Grand Duke was educated in Luxembourg and France. He studied Political Sciences in Geneva and took military training at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the UK.