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Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg

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Prince Guillaume
HereditaryGrandDuke of Luxembourg (more)
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The Hereditary Grand Duke in 2013
Born (1981-11-11) 11 November 1981 (age 38)
Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Full name
Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie
FatherHenri, GrandDuke of Luxembourg
MotherMaría Teresa Mestre y Batista
ReligionRoman Catholicism

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 GrandDuke Henri of Luxembourg and his wife, Cuban-born Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.[1] 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.[2][3]

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.

The Hereditary Grand Duke is patron to the Luxembourg Cycling Sport Federation, Youth Hostels Central, National Association of Road Victims, Chamber Orchestra of Luxembourg, Youth Harmony Orchestra of the European Union, as well as to Young Entrepreneurs Luxembourg and Special Olympics Luxembourg Associations.[4]

During the summer of 1997, Guillaume participated as a member of Luxembourg Scout Movement in a humanitarian camp in Nepal. He involved in a reforestation project and other actions for the benefit of the less favored communities. In 2017, the Hereditary Grand Duke joined the board of directors of the World Scout Foundation to support the development of scouting around the world.[5]

In 1999, he participated in a charitable mission to Aguascalientes to provide the educational and social assistance to young people in one of the most deprived areas in Mexico. After having chaired for more than 10 years (2000 — 2011) in Kräizbierg Foundation, which works for people with disabilities; the Hereditary Grand Duke accepted the title of honorary president in March 2011.[6]

Since 18 January 2016, the Hereditary Grand Duke has also been a member of the board of directors of Europäische Stiftung Kaiserdom zu Speyer Foundation.[7]


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.[8] 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.

The civil wedding took place on Friday, 19 October 2012; the religious wedding took place on Saturday, 20 October 2012 at the Notre-Dame Cathedral.[9]

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie will move to London later in 2018.[10]


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.[1]

Titles and style

Styles of
The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Reference styleHis Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour 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[11][12]
  • 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.[13]

Honours and awards

National honours

Foreign honours


Patrilineal descent

Patrilineal descent

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.

  1. Robert of Hesbaye, c. 765–807
  2. Robert III of Worms, 800–834
  3. Robert the Strong, 820–866, ancestor of the Robertians
  4. Robert I of France, 866–923
  5. Hugh the Great, 898–956
  6. Hugh Capet, c. 939–996, ancestor of the Capetian dynasty
  7. Robert II of France, 972–1031
  8. Henry I of France, 1008–1060
  9. Philip I of France, 1052–1108
  10. Louis VI of France, 1081–1137
  11. Louis VII of France, 1120–1180
  12. Philip II Augustus of France, 1165–1223
  13. Louis VIII of France, 1187–1226
  14. Louis IX of France, 1214–1270
  15. Robert, Count of Clermont, 1256–1317
  16. Louis I, Duke of Bourbon, 1279–1342
  17. James I, Count of La Marche, 1319–1362
  18. John I, Count of La Marche, 1344–1393
  19. Louis, Count of Vendôme, 1376–1446
  20. John VIII, Count of Vendôme, 1426–1478
  21. Francis, Count of Vendôme, 1470–1495
  22. Charles, Duke of Vendôme, 1489–1537
  23. Antoine, King of Navarre, Duke of Vendôme, 1518–1562
  24. Henry IV, King of France and Navarre, 1553–1610
  25. Louis XIII, King of France and Navarre, 1601–1643
  26. Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, 1638–1715
  27. Louis, Grand Dauphin of France, 1661–1711
  28. Philip V of Spain, 1683–1746
  29. Philip, Duke of Parma, 1720–1765
  30. Ferdinand, Duke of Parma, 1751–1802
  31. Louis, King of Etruria, 1773–1803
  32. Charles II, Duke of Parma, 1799–1883
  33. Charles III, Duke of Parma, 1823–1854
  34. Robert I, Duke of Parma, 1848–1907
  35. Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, 1893–1970
  36. Jean, GrandDuke of Luxembourg, 1921–
  37. Henri, GrandDuke of Luxembourg, 1955–
  38. Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, 1981–

See also


  1. ^ a b "Le Grand-Duc Héritier". Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg.
  2. ^ Blog about Guillaume's education and experience.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Royal news blog about Guillaume's graduation
  4. ^ "Le Grand-Duc Héritier" [The Hereditary Grand Duke]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Le Grand-Duc Héritier" [The Hereditary Grand Duke]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Le Grand-Duc Héritier" [The Hereditary Grand Duke]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Le Grand-Duc Héritier" [The Hereditary Grand Duke]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Guillaume et Stéphanie se financent demain". Luxemburger Wort. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  9. ^ Nikkhah, Roya (20 October 2012). "Luxembourg's royal wedding draws regal guest list".
  10. ^ Luxarazzi
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Actualités: S.A.R le Prince Guillaume devient le Grand-Duc Héritier Archived 25 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine – Official website of the Luxembourg Government
  14. ^ a b "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. Unknown parameter |dead-url= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  15. ^ 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)[14]
  16. ^ PPE Agency, National Day of Luxembourg 2012
  17. ^
  18. ^ Gazzetta Ufficiale
  19. ^ Tom Wagner, Photo gallery of gala diner : [Good photo of Guillaume] showing decoration details
  20. ^ PPE Agency, during state visit of the Queen of the Netherlands in Luxembourg (21/03/2012)
  21. ^ Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli, 2017 state visit of the president of Portugal to Luxembourg
  22. ^ 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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Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Born: 11 November 1981
Lines of succession
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Prince Félix of Luxembourg
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