Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

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Stéphanie
Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Arvstorhertiginnan Stéphanie av Luxemburg.jpg
Spouse Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Full name
Countess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine de Lannoy
Father Count Philippe de Lannoy
Mother Alix della Faille de Leverghem
Born (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 (age 30)
Ronse, East Flanders, Flanders, Belgium

Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (née Countess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine de Lannoy, born 18 February 1984), is the wife of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, heir apparent to the throne of Luxembourg. She became engaged to the Hereditary Grand Duke on 26 April 2012 and married him, in a civil ceremony, on 19 October 2012, followed by a religious service next day.

Early life[edit]

Stéphanie de Lannoy was born on 18 February 1984 in Ronse, East Flanders.[1] She is the youngest of eight children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and Alix della Faille de Leverghem (1941–2012).[2][1][3]

Anvaing Castle, the Lannoy family estate

The House of Lannoy has been traced back to the 13th century nobility of Hainaut, its members distinguishing themselves in military command and affairs of state. Those descended from Charles de Lannoy, the victor of Pavia, held the title of Imperial count/countess from 1526.[4]

Stéphanie attended the Dutch-language Sancta Maria de Ronse school and continued her education in Collège Saint-Odile in France. She then returned to Brussels for studies at L'Institut de la Vierge Fidèle, before taking up Russian language and literature in Moscow. She majored in German philology at Louvain-la-Neuve and also earned a master's degree in Berlin.[1] She is fluent in French, English and German.[5][6]

Marriage[edit]

Dual Cypher of Prince Guillaume and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg.svg

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Stéphanie dated for about two years prior to their engagement. The betrothal was announced on 26 April 2012. Distant cousins, they share multiple descents from the Austrian fieldmarshal Charles Marie Raymond, Duke of Arenberg.[7]

Countess Stéphanie and the Hereditary Grand Duke married in a civil ceremony at the Town Hall, on 19 October 2012. Their religious wedding took place on 20 October 2012 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Luxembourg.[8] The bride wore a dress designed by Elie Saab and the Lannoy family tiara. The bridal attendants were the bridegroom's sister Alexandra and nephew Gabriel, and the bride's nieces and nephew: Antonia and Madeleine Hamilton, Caroline and Louise de Lannoy, and Isaure and Lancelot de le Court.[9]

Titles and styles[edit]

Coat of arms of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's paternal family

Born Countess de Lannoy, Stéphanie has been styled as "Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg" since her marriage. Her full title and style is: "Her Royal Highness Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Hereditary Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma".

Honours and awards[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Crown Prince Guillaume is engaged". Wort. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bride's mother dies two months before Luxembourg royal wedding". Hello (magazine) (Hello). 27 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "A royal wedding for Luxembourg". Wort. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. page 681, note #89. French.
  5. ^ "Biography of Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy". Press and Communications Service of the Grand Ducal Court. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fairytale wedding in Luxembourg
  7. ^ Détails on "Noblesse & Royautés"
  8. ^ Noblesse et Royautés, "Mariage princier au Luxembourg: 20 October 2012"
  9. ^ "The maids of honour, bridesmaids and pageboys". 
  10. ^ Noblesse et Royautés, Inthronisation of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Photo

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