Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Royal Profile:Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was born 11 November 1981, the eldest child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa{Source}.

He has 3 brothers, 1 sister, two sisters-in-law, two nephews and a niece{Source}:

At birth, he was known simply as Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, and was 2nd in line for the throne after his father{Source}. With the abdication of his grandfather in 2000, he has been known as Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg{Source}.

In April 2012, it was announced that he was engaged to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy {Source}. Their wedding was celebrated on 20th October 2012{Source}.

The future Grand Duke speaks many languages including Luxembourgish, French, English, German and Spanish{Source}.

Prince Guillaume attended schools in Europe, mostly in Luxembourg, Switzerland, and England {Source}. He attended Lorentzweiler primary school and completed His lower secondary education at Lycée Robert Schuman{Source}. After that, he went to Switzerland, where he attended Collège Beausoleil in the passing his French Baccalaureate in 2001{Source}. From September 2001 to August 2002, he attended Sandhurst Royal Military Academy{Source}, he was commissioned as an officer in the Luxembourg Army in December 2002, and presently holds the rank on Lieutenant-Colonel {Source}. In June 2009, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree with honors in Humanities and Languages with a specialization in Political Science from the University of Angers (France) {Source}.

The future Grand Duke has many interests. He has a keen interest in the significant geopolitical events of our time {Source}. In 2005, he took part in the United Nation’s “Millennium Conference” in New York {Source}. Prince Guillaume also participates in many activities in Luxembourg. Since 2001, he has served as honorary president of the Board of Economic Developement {Source}. He has served as a member of the State Council (Conseil d'Etat) since June 2005{Source}.He is also a board member of the “Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse”{Source}. He is High Patron of{Source}:

  • The Luxembourg Cycling Federation
  • The Luxembourg Youth Hostel Association
  • The Association nationale des victimes de la Route
  • The European Union Youth Wind Orchestra
  • Association Jonk Entrepreneuren
 Prince Guillaume is interested in politics, economics and philosophy; His favorite books include biographies and historical novels{Source}. The Prince enjoys music, both classical and modern, and plays piano and guitar{Source}. As a child, he used to sing in the Pueri Cantores Choir of Luxembourg{Source}. In Switzerland, He was a singer in the school rock band{Source}. Among performing arts, Prince Guillaume particularly enjoys theatre; He took part in several school plays during his studies in Switzerland{Source}. He is also a keen sportsman and enjoys football, tennis, skiing, swimming and water sports{Source}.

Prince Guillaume has also participated in numerous humanitarian and internships.In summer 1997, Prince Guillaume participated in a humanitarian aid camp in Nepal, as a member of the Luxembourg Scout movement{Source}. In 1999, He embarked on a charitable mission to Aguascalientes to bring social and educational assistance to children in one of the poorest regions of Mexico{Source}.In 2003, Prince Guillaume completed a traineeship at Union Chimique Belge, where he participated in the drafting of the company’s historical papers{Source}. In 2004, he internship at Deutsche Bank in London, which enabled him to gain substantial experience in international finance{Source}. In 2005, He took part in various projects with the Spanish branch of Arcelor, a steelmaking company now part of the Arcelor Mittal group{Source}. Since autumn 2010, Prince Guillaume has been appointed honorary President of the board of the “Kräizbierg Foundation", a charity for the disabled, after being its chairman for more than ten years{Source}.

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