Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Royal Profile: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1955 as the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg {Source}.

He attended secondary school in Luxembourg, but soon after began studying in France. He earned his French baccalaureate in 1974{Source}. Upon graduating from his compulsory education, he began attending the University of Geneva, where he earned a political science degree with honors in 1980{Source}. During his university years, he also visited other countries, most notably, the United States, where he gained practical work experience and studied{Source}. 

In 1974, he attended the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, and was commissoned as an officer in 1975{Source}. In 1989, He was appointed an  Honorary Major of the Royal Parachute Regiment (UK){Source}. As Commander-in-chief of the Luxembourg Armed Forces, he holds the rank of General{Source}.

As Honorary Chairman of the Board of Economic Development, established in 1977, he visited numerous countries around the world in order to promote investment opportunities in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (1978–2000){Source}. In 1980, He was appointed a member of the State Council, as a result of which he 
became familiar with the legislative branch of Luxembourg's parliamentary system (until 1998){Source}.  

The Grand Duke holds several honorary doctorates, including{Source}:
  • Dr honoris causa of Human Letters by the Sacred Heart University, 
  • Fairfield, Connecticut (USA) 
  • Dr honoris causa of Law by Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA) 
  • Dr honoris causa of Economics by Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  • Dr honoris causa of Political Science by the Universities of Trier (Germany) and León (Nicaragua). 
On 14 February 1981, Prince Henri married Miss Maria Teresa Mestre, who he met whilst attending University{Source}. They have four sons and one daughter, as well as two (almost three) grandchildren and three daughters-in-law: 

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