Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Louis with his son Gabriel
3 August 1986 |
Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, Luxembourg, Luxemburg
|Spouse||Tessy Antony (m. 2006; div. 2017)|
|Issue||Prince Gabriel of Nassau
Prince Noah of Nassau
|House||House of Nassau-Weilburg|
|Father||Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg|
|Mother||Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg|
|Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg|
HRH The Dowager Princess of Ligne
Prince Louis of Luxembourg (given names: Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume; born 3 August 1986) is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and the Cuban-born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg (née María Teresa Mestre y Batista).
Prince Louis has two elder siblings: Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Prince Felix; and two younger siblings: Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg. He was married until 2017 to Tessy Antony, a former NCO in the Luxembourg Army. They have two sons, Gabriel and Noah.
Early life and education
After his primary school education in Lorentzweiler, Prince Louis went on to study at the American School of Luxembourg. He then left for Switzerland, where he continued his secondary education at the Collège Beau Soleil and graduated in June 2005.
Prince Louis speaks Luxembourgish, French, English and German fluently. He also has a sound knowledge of Spanish.
During his time in Switzerland, he developed a particular interest in social and humanitarian work. He has taken part in missions organised by an NGO, in cooperation with his school, in Mumbai, India. There, he taught English to children from the poorest neighbourhoods of the city and to children living on the street. After his return to Europe, he followed what seems to have become a calling and carried out a one-year traineeship at the headquarters of the Red Cross in Geneva. During his school holidays, he also participated in programmes for looking after groups of children and supporting the elderly.
After spending two years in the United States, where Prince Louis underwent training in "Aeronautics and Aeronautical Management" and gained his "Private pilot certificate", the princely family moved to the United Kingdom. There, Prince Louis and Princess Tessy attended university. In May 2014, Prince Louis graduated from Richmond, The American International University in London with a BA in Art in Communications. Prince Louis wrote his undergraduate dissertation on humanitarian advertisement. Prince Louis currently works in the field of social corporate responsibilities.
Marriage and family
On 12 March 2006, Tessy Antony gave birth out of wedlock to a boy, named Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau, who was born at a private Swiss hospital, Clinic des Grangettes, in Geneva. The boy was the first grandchild for Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Prince Louis married Tessy Antony on 29 September 2006 in Gilsdorf's Roman Catholic parish church. Upon his initially morganatic marriage, he gave up his succession rights and those of all the couple's children. Although Louis retained his title of "Prince of Luxembourg" and the style of "Royal Highness", his wife and son were originally only given the surname de Nassau with no titles. The couple's second son, Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau, was born on 21 September 2007 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital. The baby was baptised at the same church in Gilsdorf where his parents married and his elder brother was christened.
On Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Tessy was given the title of "Princess of Luxembourg" and the style "Royal Highness". Their sons and future children were also given the title "Prince of Nassau" with the style "Royal Highness". The family lives in London.
The Grand Ducal Court announced the divorce and separation of the Prince and Princess on 18 January 2017.
Dedicated to upholding certain values, such as those promoted through sport, Prince Louis accepted the High Patronage of the Fédération luxembourgeoise de Tennis de Table (Luxembourg Table Tennis Federation) (2004), the Fédération des Arts Martiaux (Luxembourg Martial Arts Federation) (2010) and the Fédération Aéronautique Luxembourgeoise (Luxembourg Aeronautical Federation) (2011).
Prince Louis is a keen fan of numerous sports, most of which he also practices avidly. He has a passion for mountain sports (alpine skiing, snowboarding, climbing...), as well as cycling, hunting and scuba diving, which he shared with his ex-wife, Princess Tessy.
Honours and awards
As a son of one of the 2 Heads of the House:
As Prince of Luxembourg, at 18 years old:
Title and style
Prince Louis of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Bourbon - Parma
|Reference style||His Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
- 3 August 1986 - present: His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Luxemboury, Prince of Nassau and Bourbon-Parma
|Ancestors of Prince Louis of Luxembourg|
- "A baby boy for Prince Louis". d'Wort. Archived from the original on 30 April 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2006.
- "Gabriel". Clinic des Grangettes. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
- Beeche, Arturo (2009). The Gotha, Volume 1. California, US: Kensington House Books. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-97-719617-3.
- "Viele Schaulustige bei Hochzeit des Prinzen". d'Wort. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2006.
- "Netty's Royal News". Netty Leistra. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
- "Nationalfeierdag: An der ganzer Stad gouf gefeiert". d'Wort. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
- Wort profile http://www.wort.lu/en/view/happy-26th-birthday-prince-louis-501b9c3ce4b077a16618682e
- Linning, Stephanie. "Princess Tessy of Luxembourg is divorcing husband Prince Louis". Mail Online. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- "Honorary distinctions of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" (PDF). Service Information et Presse. Retrieved 2007-09-21.
- Noblesse et Royautés, Guillaume of Luxembourg's wedding : gala dinner, Photo of the young Princes of Luxembourg: Louis, Félix & Sébastien
- Honorary distinctions of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, publication of the government of Luxembourg : 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 majority age (18 years old)
- Official biography (French)
Prince Louis of LuxembourgBorn: 3 August 1986
Prince Félix of Luxembourg
|Line of succession to
the French throne (Legitimist)
Prince Noah of Nassau