Friday, December 6, 2019

Hereditary Grand Duke & Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Expecting Their First Child

Photograph © Cour grand-ducale / Marion Dessard 
Photograph © Cour grand-ducale / Marion Dessard

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has revealed that Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume (b.1981) and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie (b.1984; née Countess of Lannoy) are expecting their first child in May 2020. The couple married in October 2012. This happy news was announced by the Marshall of the Court:
Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess are immensely pleased to announce that the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess are expecting Their first child. 
The birth is scheduled for May. 
The Grand Duke, the Grand Duchess and the members of both families are delighted with the news and share their great joy.
After their father, the Hereditary Grand Duke, this new Prince or Princess of Luxembourg will be the next in line to the Luxembourgish throne.

Photograph © Cour grand-ducale / Marion Dessard

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume is the eldest child of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg (b.1955) and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (b.1956; née Mestre). Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphane is the daughter of the late Count Philippe of Lannoy (1922-2019) and Countess Alix (1941-2012; née della Faille de Leverghem). Having lived in London until recently, Guillaume and Stéphanie have now taken up residence at Schloß Fischbach, which was most recently the home of the late Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019), the expected infant's paternal great-grandfather. 

Photograph © Cour grand-ducale / Marion Dessard

While giving a brief interview to L'essential, the couple had the following to say about their happy news:
Interviewer: Congratulations! How are you feeling?  
Guillaume: It's such a huge joy for us and it's a huge joy to be able to celebrate with all the people we met today. They all had warm words for us, we can feel how happy they are for us and it really means a lot. 
Interviewer: We've seen a lot of enthusiasm today following the news, you must be happy to see that!  
Stéphanie: Yes, absolutely. Especially when you keep it a secret for a few months and then all of a sudden, everyone knows. It's so nice to be able to share our joy now with the people.

We send our most heartfelt congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses and their families on this wonderful news!



Source: Communiqué du maréchalat

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