Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
|Grand Duchess consort of Luxembourg|
|Tenure||7 October 2000 – present|
22 March 1956 |
Marianao, Havana, Cuba
|Spouse||Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (m. 1981)|
|Issue||Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
|Father||José Antonio Mestre y Álvarez|
|Mother||María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre|
HRH The Dowager Princess of Ligne
|* Only a Prince/ss of Nassau|
Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (born María Teresa Mestre y Batista; on 22 March 1956), is the spouse of Grand Duke Henri.
Early life and education
Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, was born in 22 March 1956 in Marianao, Havana, Cuba, to José Antonio Mestre y Álvarez (Vedado, Havana, 1926 - 1993) and wife (m. Vedado, Havana, 1951) María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre (Vedado, Havana, 1928–1988), both from bourgeois families of Spanish descent.
The Mestre family (descended in the female line from Ferdinand I of León and Castile) have as their patriarch Arnau Mestre, born Landorthe, who married in 1625 in San Pedro de Ribas. One of his descendants, Francisco Mestre y Roig Benaprés (born in 1787 in Sitges) travelled to Cuba in 1830 where he married Josefa Dominguez y Morales (born in 1764, daughter of Andres Domínguez Bencomo and Manuela Morales Ponce de León), being the founder of the Mestre family in Cuba. The Grand Duchess also descends through her father from the Spanish Espinosa de los Monteros noble family.
Her maternal grandparents were Don Agustín Batista y González de Mendoza (Batista family member with possessions in the town of Puerto de Santa María del Príncipe and no family relationship with Fulgencio Batista), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Trust Company of Cuba and Doña María Teresa Falla Bonet, daughter of the Spanish tycoon Laureano Falla Gutierrez, millionaire businessman whose fortune was made up of several sugar mills, two banks (one of which is "The Trust Company of Cuba") and other goods which were confiscated by the government of the Revolution.
In October 1959, at the time of the revolution, Maria Teresa Mestre left Cuba with her parents. The family settled in New York City, where, as a young girl, she was a pupil at Marymount School. From 1961 she carried on her studies at the Lycée Français de New York. In her childhood, Maria Teresa Mestre took ballet and singing courses. She practices skiing, ice-skating and water sports. She lived in New York City, Santander, Spain, and Geneva, where she met her future husband.
In 1980 she graduated from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva with a degree in political sciences. Miss Mestre met Prince Henri at this university. For four years they both pursued similar studies, working sometimes in the same study groups.
Social and humanitarian interests
During the same period she took an interest in social and human problems, following the family tradition which had allegedly brought her grandparents to devote themselves to philanthropy and cultural tasks in Cuba.
Besides her studies, Miss Mestre was a member of a group in Geneva taking interest in the well-being of residents of retirement homes. She also taught children in a Geneva classroom.
As a Cuban, the Grand Duchess's first language is Spanish, but she is fluent in French and English, having been raised in the United States and attended a Lycée Français and also studied in Switzerland. After her marriage she learned Luxembourgish, and she also speaks German and Italian.
In 2006, the Grand Duchess received the Path to Peace Award from a Holy See Foundation for her "relentless contribution to humanitarian causes."
She is the President of the Luxembourg Red Cross.
Maria Teresa Mestre married Prince Henri of Luxembourg in a civil ceremony on 4 February 1981 and the religious ceremony on 14 February 1981. The consent of the Grand Duke had been previously given on 7 November 1980.
The couple have five children:
- The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie), born 11 November 1981, married Belgian Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy on 20 October 2012 in Luxembourg.
- Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born 3 June 1984, married German Claire Margareta Lademacher on 17 (the civil wedding which took place in Königstein im Taunus, Germany) and 23 (the religious wedding which took place in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France) September 2013.
- Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa of Nassau, born 15 June 2014
- Prince Liam Henri Hartmut of Nassau, born 28 November 2016
- Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born 3 August 1986, who married Tessy Antony on 29 September 2006 in Gilsdorf, Luxembourg. The couple has two sons:
- Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny of Nassau, born 12 March 2006
- Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier of Nassau, born 21 September 2007
- Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg, born 16 February 1991
- Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born 16 April 1992
Titles, styles, and honours
Titles and styles
From her marriage until her husband's accession on 7 October 2000 she was styled Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. Since then, she has been known as Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
- Austria: Grand Star of the Order of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
- Belgium: Dame Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold I
- Brazil: Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross
- Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant
- Finland: Grand Cross of the Order of the White Rose of Finland
- Greece: Grand Cross of the Order of Beneficence
- Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
- Latvia: Grand Cross of the Order of the Three Stars
- Netherlands: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
- Netherlands: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown
- Norway: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav
- Romania: Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania
- Spain: Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III
- Sweden: Member Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Seraphim
- Sweden: Member Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star
- Sweden: Recipient of the 50th Birthday Badge Medal of King Carl XVI Gustaf
|Ancestors of Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg|
- http://www.wargs.com/royal/mestre.html Ancestry of Maria Teresa Mestre (b. 1956), Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
- "HRH Grand Duchess of Luxembourg becomes Eminent Advocate for Children". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children visits AIDS projects in São Paulo". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Summer camp aims to help children in China affected by AIDS". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg visits Burundi". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Honorary Board". IPC.
- Official photo of the Grand-Ducal couple
- The Royal Correspondent
- "Luxarazzi: New Family Portraits of the Grand Ducal Family". lux-arazzi.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "L'actualité des royautés, "Henri et Maria Teresa en Autriche"" (in French). Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Group Photo
- Photo with Order of Leopold illustrating an article of "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2012-12-20 at the Wayback Machine.
- DECRETO DE 3 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2007 - website JusBrasil
- Borger.dk Archived 2013-12-07 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Diamonds and sapphires: Stephanie's tiara choices". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Noblesse et Royautés, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2012-10-01. article about grand-ducal jewels
- President of Finland
- www.gouvernement.lu/ Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine., State visit of President Stephanopoulos in Luxembourg, July 2001
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine., State visit of Italian President Napolitano in Luxembourg, february 2009
- Latvian Presidency, Recipients list (.doc)
- The royal forums, State visit of Luxembourg to Netherlands, 2006, Photo
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2012-04-24 at the Wayback Machine., State visit of Queen Beatrix in Luxembourg, 21-23 march 2012
- "Royal Bling". Pinterest. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2011-08-24 at the Wayback Machine., State visit of Grand-Dukes in Norway, 30 May - 1 June 2011
- "Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and King Carl gustaf of Sweden arrive for...". Getty Images. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Order of Saint Isabel
- Noblesse et Royautes, Order of Saint Isabel awarded to several Gotha personalities
- Portugal Presidency, Decorations to foreigners, (type "Maria Teresa" then "Pesquisar")
- State visit in Louxembourg
- Romanian Presidency website, Recipients of the order (Excel sheet)
- Boletín Oficial del Estado
- Spanish Royal Family website, State visit of Juan Carlos & Sofia in Luxembourg, April 2007 , Photo of the Sovereign couples
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2011-01-23 at the Wayback Machine., Victoria of Sweden's wedding, June 2010
- "revue.lu - Hochzeit des Jahres". Pinterest. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Diamonds and sapphires: Stephanie's tiara choices". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Tiaras and trianon
- Royaux Suedois
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|Grand Duchess consort of Luxembourg
Duchess consort of Nassau
2000 – present