Princess Claire of Luxembourg
21 March 1985 |
Filderstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
|Spouse||Prince Félix of Luxembourg (m. 2013)|
|Issue||Princess Amalia of Nassau|
Princess Claire of Luxembourg (born Claire Margareta Lademacher on 21 March 1985) is a German bioethics researcher currently pursuing a doctorate in the field of organ donation ethics at Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. She is married to Prince Felix, the second son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
Early life and academic career
Claire was born on 21 March 1985 in Filderstadt, Germany. She is the second child of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher. Her father, founder of LHS Telekommunikation and owner of castles in Croatia and Saint-Tropez, began his career at IBM and amassed an estimated €600 million by investing in the software industry. Claire and her older brother, Felix, grew up in Usingen. At the age of 11, Lademacher moved with her family to Atlanta, and was enrolled in Atlanta International School. The family returned to Germany in 1999 and from then on, Lademacher attended Frankfurt International School, before enrolling in Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. In 2003, she began studying international communication at the American University of Paris. She married Prince Félix, second in the line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg, on 17 September 2013, and then again in a religious ceremony on 21 September 2013.
Having obtained her undergraduate degree, Lademacher worked in publishing for Condé Nast Publications in New York and Munich. While an employee of Condé Nast Publications, she made the decision to pursue a career in academic bioethics. She proceeded to obtain a master's degree in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, receiving it with the distinction summa cum laude. At the same time, she was working for the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights, concerning herself primarily with research, event coordination and communications. In 2012, Lademacher was in Rome, preparing a doctorate in the field of organ donation ethics at Regina Apostolorum. The subject of her dissertation is the bioethical evaluation of consent for organ donation. The dissertation focuses on the situations in Germany, Austria, and the United States. For several months in the fall of 2012, she was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
|Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg|
HRH The Dowager Princess of Ligne
* Only a Prince/ss of Nassau
Lademacher met Prince Félix while studying at Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil. The couple attended the wedding of Prince Félix's cousin, Archduke Imre of Austria, in Washington, D.C., in September 2012. In October, they attended the wedding of his older brother Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, but were not allowed to sit together at the ceremony.
On 13 December, the grand ducal household confirmed that Lademacher was engaged to marry Prince Felix. Lademacher was presented to the press at the Château de Berg on 27 December. The civil wedding took place on 17 September 2013 in Königstein im Taunus, Germany, it being customary that weddings take place in the bride's place of residence. A religious ceremony followed on 21 September at the basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France.
Upon her marriage, Claire assumed the feminine form of her husband's titles, becoming a Princess of Luxembourg, with the style of Royal Highness. Since the wedding, the couple has been living in the south of France at the Château Les Crostes, a winery in Lorgues that has been owned by the Lademacher family for many years.
The couple's daughter, Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa of Nassau, was born on 15 June 2014 at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte Hospital in Luxembourg. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg and Felix Lademacher are her godparents.
On 4 July 2016, the granducal court announced that Princess Claire and Prince Felix are expecting their second child sometime in autumn 2016.
Honours and awards
- "Prince Félix to tie the knot!". wort.lu. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Biographie de Mademoiselle Claire Lademacher" (PDF). monarchie.lu. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- "Prince Felix of Luxembourg announces his engagement". Hello. 13 December 2012.
- "Claire Lademacher, Ph.D. Candidate". Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Prince Felix of Luxembourg announces his engagement". Hello. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
- "Prince Félix & Claire not to marry in Luxembourg". wort.lu. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Prince Félix and Claire set wedding date". Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Communiqué du Maréchalat de la Cour". Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- as stipulated by the 18 June 2012 House Law revisions by Prince Félix's father, Grand Duke Henri.
- "Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg baptise baby Amalia". Hello. Retrieved 9 December 2014.