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The 10 years of marriage of Guillaume and Stéphanie of Luxembourg

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A few days after the announcement by the Court of the expectation of a second birth for the month of April 2023, the princely couple celebrates their pewter wedding anniversary, i.e. ten years of marriage.

It was on April 26, 2012 at the Château de Berg that Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy was presented to the press on the occasion of her engagement to the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. From the outset, the young woman seems very confident and displays perfect poise during questions.

Stéphanie will one day be the second Grand Duchess to have Belgian origins, after her husband’s grandmother Princess Joséphine-Charlotte, daughter of Léopold III and Astrid.

Countess Stéphanie is the youngest daughter of the Count of Lannoy and Alix della Faille de Leverghem and the 8th of this great sibling. She grew up in the family property in Anvaing in Hainaut. She attended school in Ronse and then at the Fidely Virgin in Brussels. She then completed her studies with a year in Moscow where, in addition to Russian and literature lessons, she deepened her practice of the violin. Stéphanie graduated in Germanic philology from the Catholic University of Louvain. She speaks fluently in addition to French, English, Luxembourgish and German.

Two months before her wedding, Countess Stéphanie has the pain of losing her mother unexpectedly. However, when the day came, she displayed great mental strength after the moving tribute paid to the deceased at the beginning of the ceremony. All the Gotha rushes to Luxembourg for two days of celebration. Stéphanie, advised by her mother-in-law the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, entrusted the creation of her dress to the Lebanese designer and friend of the Grand Ducal family Elie Saab.

The newlyweds announce that they want to wait 3-4 years before starting a family, also time for the princess to familiarize herself with her new life, get to know her adopted country better, learn the language, build a network of friends in the Luxembourg and define its centers of interest. The charming personality of Stéphanie de Luxembourg does not take long to make her establish close relations with the Belgian royal family which is cousin with that of the Grand Duchy. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume is also the godfather of Prince Emmanuel. Queen Fabiola and Queen Mathilde immediately sympathized with Stephanie, accompanying her at her mother’s funeral.

If the Hereditary Grand Duke is inclined towards economic and social matters, the Hereditary Grand Duchess has become the “princess of the arts”. His curriculum has, in the meantime, been expanded by training in Art History at the Sotheby’s Institute in London during the sabbatical year that the couple took in 2018-2019. Stéphanie de Luxembourg is very involved in the association “Les Amis des Musées d’art et d’histoire du Luxembourg” and she is also honorary president of the “Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean”. With Prince Guillaume, she has invested heavily in making the general public better acquainted with local crafts.

In 2019, after seven years of marriage, the couple has the great pleasure to announce that they are expecting a happy event. The birth of Prince Charles on May 10, 2020 fills the whole family. Since then, the little prince has been a real national darling, regularly accompanying his parents during adapted activities such as visiting a fair, a nature reserve but also in the tour of rest homes that the heir couple undertook. Charles is always awake, curious and interested. The family who lives at Fischbach Castle will therefore welcome a new member next April.