26 April 2012

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy engaged

The Grand Ducal Court of Luzxembourg announced this morning the engagement of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy:

Leurs Altesses Royales le Grand-Duc et la Grande-Duchesse, ont la très grande joie d’annoncer les fiançailles de Leur fils, Son Altesse Royale le Prince Guillaume, Grand-Duc Héritier, avec la Comtesse Stéphanie de Lannoy.

Palais, le 26 avril 2012
Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker informed his government and and the presidium (Bureau) of the Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) an later held a press conference. We were among others informed that the wedding is expected to take place later this year. The official celebration will take place at  Château de Berg on Friday 27 April. Earlier in the day there will be an official event at the Grand Ducal Palace where the couple will meet the prime minister, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, the government, the Archbishop, the Nuncio of the Holy See, other members of the diplomatic corps, the mayor and the commanding officers of the Police and Army.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was born in Luxembourg on 11 November 1981 and is the oldest child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, née Mestre.

Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, who belongs to one of the oldest noble families of Belgium, was born at Ronse, Belgium on 18 February 1984 as the youngest of 8 children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and Countess Alix of Lannoy, née della Faille de Leverghem. Her paternal grandparents were Count Paul de Lannoy and Countess Béatrice de Lannoy, née Princess de Ligne, while her maternal grandparents were Baron Harold della Faille de Leverghem and Baroness Madeleine della Faille de Leverghem, née de Brouchoven de Bergeyck.

Her CV is impressive. Following her primary and secondary education in Ronse, Saint-Odile in France and in Brussels, Countess Stéphanie spent a year in Moscow where she studed Russian language and literature. She later studied Germanic philology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, before moving on to Berlin, Germany where she finished her master degree, focusing in her dissertation on the German influence on the Russian Romanticism. Then she took a further education course at the Wallonian Commercial office of the Belgian embassy in Berlin, before she started working for an investment company. Among her main interests are classical music - she plays the piano and violin - and literature, as well as sports (swimming and skiing). Besides French, which is her mother language, she speaks Dutch, English, German and Russian. A solid background for becoming Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg!

More details and photos (which are copyrighted and can not be published here) can be found at the official website of the Grand Ducal Court as well as the newspaper Wort.lu.


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