Saturday, April 16, 2016

Royal Profile: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Grand Duke Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg was born 16 April 1955 as the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg{Source}.
He has one older sister, two younger brothers and a younger sister, as well as two brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a former sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews{Source}:
  1. Princess Marie-Astrid (1954)
    1. Archduke Carl Christian of Austria (1954, m. 1982)
      1. Archduchess Marie Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte of Austria, The Countess de Limburg-Stirum (1983)
        1. Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum (1979, m 2008)
          1. Count Léopold Menno Philippe Gabriel François-Xavier Marie Joseph Ghislain de Limburg-Stirum (2011)
          2. Count Constantin de Limburg-Stirum (2013).
      2. Archduke Imre Emanuel Simeon Jean Carl Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (1985)
        1. Archduchess Kathleen Elizabeth of Austria (1986, m 2012)
          1. Archduchess Maria Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria (2013)
          2. Archduchess Magdalena Maria Alexandra Zita Charlotte of Austria (2016)
      3. Archduke Christoph Henri Alexander Maria Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (1988)
        1. Archduchess Adélaïde Marie Béatrice of Austria (1989, m. 2012)
          1. Archduchess Katarina Marie-Christine Fabiola of Austria (2014)
      4. Archduke Alexander Hector Marie Karl Leopold Marcus d'Aviano of Austria (1990)
      5. Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine Charlotte of Austria (1994).
  2. Prince Jean of Luxembourg (1957) 
    1. Ms. Hélène Vestur (born 1958, 1987, by 2009 they had been divorced)
    2. Ms. Diane De Guerre, Countess de Nassau (2009-present)
  3. Princess Margaretha (1957)
    1.  Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein (1947, m. 1982)
      1. Prince Leopold Emmanuel Jean Marie of Liechtenstein (1984-1984)
      2. Princess Maria-Anunciata Astrid Joséphine Veronica of Liechtenstein (1985)
      3. Princess Marie-Astrid Nora Margarita Veronica of Liechtenstein (1987)
      4. Prince Josef-Emanuel Leopold Marie of Liechtenstein (1989)
  4. Prince Guillaume (1963)
    1. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg (1968, 1994-Present)
      1. Prince Paul Louis Jean Marie Guillaume de Nassau (1998)
      2. Prince Léopold Guillaume Marie Joseph de Nassau (2000)
      3. Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine Maria da Gloria de Nassau ( 2000)
      4. Prince Jean André Guillaume Marie Gabriel Marc d'Aviano de Nassau (2004)

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}:
  1. Dr honoris causa of Human Letters by the Sacred Heart University, 
  2. Fairfield, Connecticut (USA) 
  3. Dr honoris causa of Law by Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA) 
  4. Dr honoris causa of Economics by Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  5. 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 three daughters-in-law, a granddaughter and two grandsons:
  1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke (1981)
    1. Princess Stéphanie , Hereditary Grand Duchess (1984)
  2. Prince Félix (1984)
    1. Princess Claire (1985)
      1. Princess Amalia de Nassau (2014)
  3. Prince Louis (1986)
      1. Princess Tessy (1985)
        1. Prince Noah de Nassau (2006)
        2. Prince Gabriel de Nassau (2007)
  4. Princess Alexandra (1991)
  5. Prince Sébastien (1992)
He holds numerous honorary appointments, and chairmanships of several charitable organizations. Some of which include:
  1. Chairman of Galapagos Darwin Trust Luxembourg{Source}
  2.  Active member of Mentor Foundation {Source}
  3. Member of the Board of Directors of the “Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse” {Source}.
  4. He is a Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
On 4 March 1998, he was appointed Lieutenant-Representative by his father, Grand Duke Jean, in accordance with Article 42 of the Constitution{Source}.On 7 October 2000, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Henri became Grand Duke of Luxembourg, succeeding his father Grand Duke Jean{Source}.
On 7 February 2008, he was appointed Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in the Order of Malta{Source}.Upon his birth, his official title was His Royal Highness Prince Henri of Luxembourg, Nassau and Bourbon-Parma. 

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