Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

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Tessy Antony
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg.jpg
Antony on her wedding day
Born (1985-10-28) 28 October 1985 (age 31)
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Spouse Prince Louis of Luxembourg (m. 2006; div. 2017)
Issue Prince Gabriel of Nassau
Prince Noah of Nassau
Father François Antony
Mother Régine Anne Antony
Religion Catholicism

Tessy Antony, formerly Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (born 28 October 1985) is the former wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and former daughter-in-law of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

Early life[edit]

Tessy Antony was born in 28 October 1985, the daughter of François and Régine Anne Antony.[1] She has one older sister and two brothers.[2] After attending a technical high school in Pétange, (south of Luxembourg), Tessy and her twin brother Ronny joined the Luxembourg Army at the age of 18, eventually rising to the NCO rank of Corporal Drivers Permis B. From March to July 2004, she took part in a mission in Yugoslavia, as Sdt 1cl Chauffeur C2, in Mitrovica within KFOR, the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

Further education[edit]

Tessy graduated from Richmond, The American International University in London in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in International Relations. She wrote her thesis on the rise of nationalism in Europe using the example of the Greek Golden Dawn (political party). Additionally, from 2005 to 2009 Tessy attended several trainings and lectures relating to the topics of "Education and psychology." Tessy plans to continue her academic career by pursuing a master's degree in diplomatic studies at a university in London.[3] She earned her master's degree from SOAS, University of London.[4]

Marriage and family[edit]

Tessy Antony met Prince Louis for the first time while he was visiting the army.[citation needed]

On 12 March 2006, she gave birth to a boy, christened Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau,[5] who was born at a private Swiss hospital, Clinic des Grangettes, in Geneva.[6] The baby is the first grandchild for Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.

The couple married on 29 September 2006 at a parish church in Gilsdorf.[7] Upon their marriage, Prince Louis gave up succession rights for himself and his descendants, but retained the title of Prince of Luxembourg and the style of Royal Highness. The couple's second son, Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau, was born in 21 September 2007 at Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital.[8] The couple's sons were initially given the surname de Nassau with no titles.[9]

On Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, a decree was issued granting Tessy the title of Princess of Luxembourg and Princess of Bourbon-Parma with the style Her Royal Highness. The same decree gave the title Prince of Nassau and style Royal Highness to their sons Gabriel and Noah and possible future children. In 2012, Princess Tessy received the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau.[10][11][12]

The Grand Ducal Court announced the separation and divorce of the Prince and Princess on 18 January 2017.[13] Following the divorce, she no longer bears any royal titles.

Activities[edit]

Tessy is currently UNAIDS Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls.[2] She is very much involved in charities and NGOs acting in favour of people with specific needs, She is actively taking part in charitable events in Luxembourg as well as in London. She has been as an active member of the Luxembourg "Groupe de Support Psychologique" (GSP) for the past five years.

Antony became an Ambassador [14] for Shongolulu.[15] The company based in San Diego, California, donates a percentage of their profit to support[16] Wildlife Alliance.

Hobbies[edit]

A keen sportsperson, Tessy regularly practises the following sports: swimming, scuba diving, spinning, skiing and hunting. She is a member of the Niederkorn Fanfare. She likes classic and contemporary music and is particularly interested in jazz. She regularly attends conferences and seminars on "psychology and social development", topics she also enjoys reading about most.[2]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 28 October 1985 - 29 September 2006: Miss Tessy Antony[17]
  • 29 September 2006 - 23 June 2009: Ms Tessy de Nassau[18]
  • 23 June 2009 - 17 February 2017: Her Royal Highness Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Bourbon-Parma[19]
  • 17 February 2017 - present: Tessy de Luxembourg[20]

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