Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg

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Prince Guillaume
Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (more)
Guillaume av Luxemburg.jpg
The Hereditary Grand Duke in 2013
Born (1981-11-11) 11 November 1981 (age 39)
Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
(m. 2012)
IssuePrince Charles
Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie
HouseNassau-Weilburg (official)
Bourbon-Parma (agnatic)
FatherHenri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
MotherMaría Teresa Mestre y Batista
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie; born 11 November 1981), is the heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father's accession in 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

Prince Guillaume was born on 11 November 1981 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City and is the eldest child of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife, Cuban-born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.[1] He was named after his father's youngest brother Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. His godparents are Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg and Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg. Guillaume has four younger siblings: Prince Félix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien.

Guillaume's education includes Lycée Robert-Schumann in Luxembourg;[2][3] Swiss boarding schools the Institut Le Rosey and the Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil where he finished the French baccalaureate in 2001;[2] and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, England.[2][3] He began his higher education studies in the United Kingdom where he studied at University College, Durham and Brunel University, both in England.[4][3] In 2006 he entered Institut Philanthropos in Fribourg, Switzerland,[3] where he spent a year studying philosophy and anthropology. He later studied letters and political science at the Institut Albert-le-Grand in Angers, receiving his bachelor's degree with honors in 2009.[3] His degree was issued by Université d'Angers,[2] as a result of a partnership agreement between the two schools.[3]

Hereditary Grand Duke[edit]

Guillaume has been heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father's accession in 2000. If he succeeds to the grand ducal throne, he will reign as Guillaume V (English: William V). He has been honorary chairman of the Board of Economic Development of Luxembourg since 2001.[5] He is also a member of the Council of State since June 24, 2005.[5]

The Hereditary Grand Duke is patron to the Luxembourg Cycling Sport Federation, Youth Hostels Central, National Association of Road Victims, Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, Youth Harmony Orchestra of the European Union, as well as to Young Entrepreneurs Luxembourg and Special Olympics Luxembourg Associations.[5]

During the summer of 1997, Guillaume participated as a member of Luxembourg Scout Movement in a humanitarian camp in Nepal. He involved in a reforestation project and other actions for the benefit of the less favored communities. In 2017, the Hereditary Grand Duke joined the board of directors of the World Scout Foundation to support the development of scouting around the world.[5]

In 1999, he participated in a charitable mission in Aguascalientes to provide the educational and social assistance to young people in one of the most deprived areas in Mexico. After having chaired for more than 10 years (2000–2011) in Kräizbierg Foundation, which works for people with disabilities; the Hereditary Grand Duke accepted the title of honorary president in March 2011.[5]

Since 18 January 2016, the Hereditary Grand Duke has also been a member of the board of directors of Europäische Stiftung Kaiserdom zu Speyer Foundation.[5] He is also a member of the board of directors of the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse.[5]

Marriage and fatherhood[edit]

At the occasion of his 30th birthday, he gave interviews during which stated that he was in a relationship with a "dear miss" that had been going strong for more than a year but insisted that they need some more time to evaluate their possible future. On 26 April 2012, the court announced the engagement of the Hereditary Grand Duke to the Belgian Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy.[6] Guillaume and Stéphanie share a common descent from Charles Marie, Prince & 5th Duke d’Arenberg, which means that Guillaume's father and Stéphanie are 7th cousins; thus Guillaume is Stéphanie's 7th cousin once removed.

The civil wedding took place on Friday, 19 October 2012; the religious wedding took place on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Notre-Dame Cathedral.[7]

Guillaume and Stéphanie have a son, named Prince Charles, born on 10 May 2020 at Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg. He is second in the line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg.[8]


Guillaume is interested in music and sports; he plays the piano and enjoys football, swimming and volleyball. He speaks Luxembourgish, French, German, Spanish and English. He regularly represents his parents in many foreign activities.[1]

Titles and style[edit]

Styles of
The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Lesser coat of arms of the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (2000).svg
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness

His style and title in full is: His Royal Highness Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Hereditary Prince of Nassau, Prince of Bourbon-Parma.[9]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Le Grand-Duc Héritier". Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg.
  2. ^ a b c d "CURRICULUM VITAE OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE HEREDITARY GRAND DUKE OF LUXEMBOURG" (PDF). Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg (official). Luxembourg: Cour Grand Ducale. 9 November 2020. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020. Prince Guillaume attended primary school in Lorentzweiler and continued his education in the Lycée Robert Schuman until the fourth year of Luxembourgish secondary education. Then he pursued his studies at the Le Rosey Institute and at the Collège Beausoleil in the Swiss Alps, where he passed his French Baccalaureate in 2001. From September 2001 until August 2002, the Hereditary Grand Duke accomplished his Officer training at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy in the United Kingdom....In 2009, the Hereditary Grand Duke graduated with honours with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities and Languages, specialising in Political Science, at the University of Angers (France).
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Luxarazzi 101: The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg". Luxarazzi. Luxarazzi. 11 November 2012. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  4. ^ "H.R.H. Guillaume the hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg". University of Luxembourg. Luxembourg: Université du Luxembourg. Archived from the original on 9 December 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020. After his military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Guillaume studied history and politics at the University of Durham, at Brunel University in London and at the University of Angers in France.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Le Grand-Duc Héritier" [The Hereditary Grand Duke]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Guillaume et Stéphanie se financent demain". Luxemburger Wort. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  7. ^ Nikkhah, Roya (20 October 2012). "Luxembourg's royal wedding draws regal guest list". The Telegraph.
  8. ^ "BREAKING: Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg gives birth to her first child – a son". Royal Central. 10 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  9. ^ Actualités: S.A.R le Prince Guillaume devient le Grand-Duc Héritier Archived 25 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine – Official website of the Luxembourg Government
  10. ^ a b "Honorary distinctions of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" (PDF). Service Information et Presse. Retrieved 20 April 2017.[dead link]
  11. ^ Princes and Princesses of the Grand-Ducal House of Luxembourg are Grand Crosses of the Order by birth but the decoration is worm only after they reach their majority (18 years old)[10]
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  13. ^ Gazzetta Ufficiale
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  15. ^ Slovak republic website, State honours Archived 13 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine (click on "Holders of the Order of the 2nd Class White Double Cross" to see the holders' table) : 2nd Class received by Hereditary Grand-Duke in 2005, i.e. during the state visit Archived 24 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine (French) of Grand-Duke, Grand-Duchess & Hereditary Grand-Duke in Slovakia (7 September 2005).

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Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Cadet branch of the House of Nassau
Born: 11 November 1981
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Prince Charles of Luxembourg
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