Thursday, February 18, 2016

Royal Profile: Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg was born 18 February 1984 in Belgium as the youngest of seven children of Count Philippe de Lannoy and the late Countess Alix della Faille Leverghem de Lannoy {Source}. At birth, she was part of Belgian nobility, therefore was titled Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy {Source}. She has the following siblings, siblings-in-law and nieces and nephews:
  1. Count Jehan de Lannoy (1966)
    1. Béatrice Spates (m. 1993)
      1. Caroline Gravin de Lannoy(2001)
      2. Louise Gravin de Lannoy (2003)
      3. Antoine Graaf de Lannoy (2005)
      4. Maxime Graaf de Lannoy(2006)
  2. Count Christian de Lannoy (1968)
    1. Luisa Moreno de Porras-Isla-Fdez (2009)
      1. Countess Teresa de Lannoy (2010)
      2. Count Ignace de Lannoy (2012)
      3. Count Jacques de Lannoy (2014)
  3. Countess Nathalie de Lannoy (1969)
    1. Mr. John Hamilton (m 1996)
      1. Antonia Hamilton (1997)
      2. Charlotte Hamilton (1999)
      3. Madeleine Hamilton (2001)
      4. Alix Hamilton
      5. Victoria Hamilton
  4. Countess Gaëlle de Lannoy (1970)
  5. Count Amaury de Lannoy (1970)
  6. Count Olivier de Lannoy (1974)
    1. Jonkvrouw Alice van Havre (m. 2006)
      1. Count Philippe de Lannoy 
      2. Count Gustave de Lannoy (2013)
  7. Countess Isabelle de Lannoy (1976)
    1. Baron Jean-Charles de le Court (1969)
      1. Isaure de le Court (2003)
      2. Aline de le Court (2005)
      3. Lancelot de le Court (2007)
      4. Héloïse de le Court (2010)
      5. Nicodème de le Court (2013)

She began her education at Sancta Maria School Ronse{Source}. She attended College Sainte-Odile in France for two years {Source}.She completed her primary education at l'Institut de la Vierge Fidèle à Bruxelles{Source}.Princess Stéphanie spent a year in Russia, where she studied Russian Language and Literature{Source}.She obtained a Bachelors in Arts degree in Germanic Philology from the Catholic University of Leuven, with honors{Source}.After graduation, she moved to Germany, where she studied the influences of German romanticism on Russian romanticism {Source}.Upon her return to Belgium, she interned at an investment fund company {Source}.Also while in Germany, she completed an internship at the Walloon Export Agency at the Belgian Embassy {Source}.

From an early age, she studied music theory, piano and violin{Source}. She plays the violin{Source}.She speaks French (mother-tongue), German and English fluently{Source}. She is presently learning Luxembourgish{Source}.
Her engagement to The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was announced on 27 April 2012 {Source}.The wedding took place in Luxembourg that October {Source}.
Her Wedding attendants included {Source}:

  1. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (sister of the bridegroom, maid of honor, age 21)
  2. Antonia Hamilton (niece of the bride, maid of honor, age 15)
  3. Countess Caroline de Lannoy (niece of the bride, age 11)
  4. Madeleine Hamilton (niece of the bride, age 11)
  5. Countess Louise de Lannoy (niece of the bride, age 9)
  6. Isaure de le Court (niece and goddaughter of the bride, age 9)
  7. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (nephew of the bridegroom, age 6)
  8. Lancelot de le Court (nephew of the bride, age 5)
Upon her marriage, she became HRH Princess Stéphanie, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg {Source}.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess{Source}. In March 2013, she became High Patron of the Association and Foundation " Friends of Art and History Museums Luxembourg {Source}.

Some her her interests include classical music, reading, and foreign languages{Source}.
Princess Stephanie has made numerous trips with youth groups getting involved in volunteering{Source}.
She enjoys skiing and swimming{Source}.Her full title/style is: Her Royal Highness Princess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Countess de Lannoy {Source}

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