Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
|Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (more)|
The Hereditary Grand Duke in 2013
11 November 1981|
Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy (m. 2012)
|Father||Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg|
|Mother||María Teresa Mestre y Batista|
HRH The Dowager Princess of Ligne
|* Prince/ss of Nassau not of Luxembourg|
Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (given names: Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie; born 11 November 1981), has been heir apparent to the crown of Luxembourg since his father's accession in 2000.
Early life and education
Prince Guillaume was born in 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. 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; Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil and Institut Le Rosey boarding schools in Switzerland; and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, England. He began his higher education studies in the United Kingdom where he studied at University College, Durham and Brunel University, both in England. In 2006 he entered Institut Philanthropos in Fribourg, Switzerland, 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. His degree was issued by Université d'Angers, as a result of a partnership agreement between the two schools.
Hereditary Grand Duke
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 the fifth of his name, Guillaume (English: William) V. He has been honorary chairman of the Board of Economic Development of Luxembourg since 2001. He was formerly active with the Kraizberg Foundation, a charitable institution for the disabled.
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. 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.
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie will move to London later this year 2018.
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.
Titles and style
The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
|Reference style||His Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
- 11 November 1981 – 28 July 1986: His Royal Highness Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau, Prince of Bourbon-Parma
- 28 July 1986 – 18 December 2000: His Royal Highness Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau
- 18 December 2000 – present: His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
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.
Honours and awards
- Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau (11 November 1981)
- Grand Cross of Order of Adolphe of Nassau (11 November 1981)
- Grand Cross of Order of the Oak Crown (23 June 2012)
- Italy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (30 January 2009)
- Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau (21 March 2012)
- Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Aviz (23 May 2017)
- Slovakia: Grand Officer of the Order of the White Double Cross (7 September 2005)
|Ancestors of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg|
Guillaume's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son.
Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in royal houses, as it can be traced back through the generations - which means that if Prince Guillaume were to choose an historically accurate house name it would be Robert, as all his male-line ancestors have been of that house.
Guillaume is a member of the House of Bourbon-Parma, a sub-branch of the House of Bourbon-Spain, itself originally a branch of the House of Bourbon, and thus of the Capetian dynasty and of the Robertians.
Guillaume's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son. It follows the Dukes of Parma as well as the Kings of Spain, France, and Navarre. The line can be traced back more than 1,200 years from Robert of Hesbaye to the present day, through Kings of France & Navarre, Spain and Two-Sicilies, Dukes of Parma and Grand-Dukes of Luxembourg, Princes of Orléans and Emperors of Brazil. It is one of the oldest in Europe.
Guillaume's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son.
- "Le Grand-Duc Héritier". Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg.
- Blog about Guillaume's education and experience.[permanent dead link]
- Royal news blog about Guillaume's graduation
- "Guillaume et Stéphanie se financent demain". Luxemburger Wort. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- Nikkhah, Roya (20 October 2012). "Luxembourg's royal wedding draws regal guest list". telegraph.co.uk.
- In 1986, Grand Duke Jean renounced the title Prince/Princesse de Bourbon de Parme for himself and his family, when his eldest son, then-Hereditary Grand Duke Henri married Maria-Theresa Mestre. The reason for this was that the Duke of Parma, Carlos Hugo, ruled the marriage unequal in 1981, as well as the marriage of Prince Jean to Hélène Suzanna Vestur in 1987, for which he had renounced his rights to Luxembourger throne in 1986.
- The Arrêté Grand-Ducal of 21 Septembre 1995 established that the title of Prince/Princesse de Luxembourg is reserved for the children of the sovereign and the heir to the throne. It also stated that the descendants in male lineage of the sovereign should be styled as Prince/Princesse de Nassau with qualification of Altesse Royale.
- Actualités: S.A.R le Prince Guillaume devient le Grand-Duc Héritier – Official website of the Luxembourg Government
- "Honorary distinctions of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" (PDF). Service Information et Presse. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 January 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
- 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)
- PPE Agency, National Day of Luxembourg 2012
- Gazzetta Ufficiale
- Tom Wagner, Photo gallery of gala diner : [Good photo of Guillaume] showing decoration details
- PPE Agency, during state visit of the Queen of the Netherlands in Luxembourg (21/03/2012)
- Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli, 2017 state visit of the president of Portugal to Luxembourg
- 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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- Le Grand-Duc héritier – Official website of the Grand Ducal Palace
Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of LuxembourgBorn: 11 November 1981
|Lines of succession|
|First in line||Line of succession to the Luxembourger throne||Succeeded by|
Prince Félix of Luxembourg
Henri, Grand Duke
| Line of succession to|
the French throne (Legitimist)