Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg


Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg (House of Nassau-Weilburg, agnatically a cadet branch of the House of Bourbon) consists of the extended family of the sovereign Grand Duke.

The medieval duchy of Luxembourg was elevated to a grand duchy in 1815; William VI, Prince of Orange ascended the grand ducal throne as its first holder. William was through his Prussian mother a descendant of the medieval heiress Anne, Duchess of Luxembourg, and William's wife, his first cousin, was also Anne's descendant. The territories of the grand duchy, taken (including the ancestral castle of Luxembourg) from occupying French forces in the first stages of the fall of Napoleon, had been ceded to William by his first cousin king Frederick William III of Prussia, who genealogically was the heir-general of the line of the late Duchess Anne. In breach of the traditional line of succession of Luxembourg, the grand duchy however was agreed by great powers of Europe to be inherited in the male-line within the House of Nassau.

The male line descendants of Grand Duke Adolphe held the titles "Prince(ss) of Luxembourg" and "Prince(ss) of Nassau" with the style of "His/Her Grand Ducal Highness".

The male-line descendants of Grand Duchess Charlotte hold the titles "Prince(ss) of Luxembourg" and "Prince(ss) of Nassau" with the style of "His/Her Royal Highness" (coming from their status as male-line descendants of Duke Robert of Parma). The title "Prince of Bourbon-Parma" was relinquished by Grand Duke Jean in 1986, but he and his relatives have kept the style of "His/Her Royal Highness".

Religion

Grand Dukes Adolphe and William IV were Protestants; the religion of the House of Nassau changed after Guillaume's marriage to Marie Anne of Portugal, who was Roman Catholic.

The Grand Ducal Family

Grand Duke Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg is the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg. He was born on April 16, 1955. He was married on February 14, 1981 to Maria Teresa Mestre and became grand duke when his father, Jean, abdicated on October 7, 2000. Their children are:
*Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's eldest son, born on November 11, 1981. He is the Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Hereditary Prince of Nassau and holds the title Prince of Bourbon-Parma.

*Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born on June 03, 1984.

*Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born on August 03, 1986. He is Prince of Luxembourg and Prince of Nassau. He was married on September 29, 2006 to Tessy Antony, who was born on October 28, 1985. On September 29, 2006, Prince Louis renounced his right of succession to the Luxembourg throne, any of the couple's future children will hold the surname de Nassau with no titles; his wife is known as Tessy de Nassau.
**Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau, was born out of wedlock in Switzerland on March 12, 2006.
**Noah Guillaume de Nassau, was born on September 21, 2007 at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in Luxembourg City.

*Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg, born on February 16, 1991.

*Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born on April 16, 1992.

Grand Duke Jean I Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano of Luxembourg is the current Grand Duke's father. He was Grand Duke of Luxembourg from 1964 to 2000, when he abdicated. Born on January 5, 1921, he became grand duke when his mother, the Grand Duchess Charlotte, abdicated in 1964.

Extended Family

*Archduchess Marie Astrid Charlotte Léopoldine Wilhelmine Ingeborg Antoinette Elisabeth Anna Alberta of Austria, the Grand Duke's eldest sister, was born on February 17, 1954. She is Princess Imperial and Archduchess of Austria, Princess Royal of Hungary, Princess of Luxembourg, and Princess of Nassau. She was married on February 6, 1982 to Carl Christian Maria Anna Rudolph Anton Marcus d'Aviano, Archduke of Austria, who was born in 1954.

*Prince Jean Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's brother, was born on May 15, 1957. He was married on 27 May 1987 to Hélène Vestur, now Countess Hélène de NassauFact|date=June 2008 , who was born in 1958. On 26 September 1986, Prince Jean renounced his right of succession to the Luxembourg throne. His children were styled as Count(esse)s of Nassau until given the title "HRH Prince(ss) of Nassau" on November 24, 2004. Prince Jean and his wife divorced soon after in 2004.
**Princess Marie Gabriele Cécile Charlotte Sophie of Nassau, Prince Jean's eldest child and only daughter, was born out of wedlock on September 8, 1986.
**Prince Constantin Jean Philippe Marie Albert Marc d'Aviano of Nassau, Prince Jean's eldest son, was born on July 22, 1988.
**Prince Wenceslas François Baudouin Léopold Juraj Marie Marc d'Aviano of Nassau, Prince Jean's second son, was born on November 17, 1990.
**Prince Carl Johann Marie Félix Julian Marc d'Aviano of Nassau, Prince Jean's third son and youngest child, was born on August 15, 1992.

*Princess Margaretha Antonia Marie Felicite of Liechtenstein, the Grand Duke's youngest sister. She was born on May 15, 1957. She is Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, and Princess of Liechtenstein. She was married on 20 March 1982 to Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, who was born in 1947.

*Prince Guillaume Marie Louis Christian of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's youngest brother, was born on 1 May 1963. He is Prince of Luxembourg and Prince of Nassau. He was married on September 8, 1994 to Sibilla Sandra Weiller (the daughter of the princess Donna Olimpia Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi and Paul-Annick Weiller, and great-granddaughter of Alfonso XIII of Spain), now Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg.
**Prince Paul-Louis Jean Marie Guillaume of Nassau, Prince Guillaume's eldest son, was born on March 4, 1998.
**Prince Léopold Guillaume Marie Joseph of Nassau, Prince Guillaume's second son, was born on May 2, 2000. He is the twin brother of Princess Charlotte.
**Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine Maria da Gloria of Nassau, Prince Guillaume's only daughter, was born on 2 May 2000. She is the twin sister of Prince Léopold.
**Prince Jean André Guillaume Marie Gabriel Marc d'Aviano of Nassau, Prince Guillaume's youngest son, was born on July 13 2004.

*Duchess Elisabeth Hilda Zita Marie Anna Antonia Friederike Wilhelmine Louise of Hohenberg, the Grand Duke's aunt, was born on December 22, 1922. She married Franz Ferdinand Friedrich Ernst Joseph Karl Leopold Mauritius Hubertus Maria, Duke of Hohenberg (September 13, 1927–August 15, 1977), on May 9, 1956. She is a Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Duchess of Hohenberg.

*Princess Marie-Adélaïde Louise Thérèse Wilhelmine of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's aunt, born on 21 May 1924, died 28 February, 2007. She was born a Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma, and became Countess of Donnersmarck. She was married on 10 April 1958 to Marie Karl Josef Erdmann Jakob Edwin Lazarus Andreas Alois, Count Henckel of Donnersmarck, who was born on November 7, 1928.

*Princess Marie-Gabriele Adelgonde Wilhelmine Louise of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's aunt, was born on 2 August 1925. She is a Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg. She was married on 6 November 1951 to Knud, Count of Holstein-Ledreborg, who was born on 2 October 1919.

*Princess Charlotte Phyllis Joelle Marie of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's first cousin, was born on 15 September 1967. She is Princess of Luxembourg and Princess of Nassau. She was married in 1993 to Marc Victor Cunningham, who was born on 24 September 1965.

*Prince Robert Louis Francois Marie of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke's first cousin, was born on 14 August 1968. He is Prince of Luxembourg and Prince of Nassau. He was married on 29 January 1994 to Julie Elizabeth Huston Ongaro, now Princess Julie of Nassau, who was born on 9 June 1966.
**Princess Charlotte Justine of Nassau, eldest child and only daughter of Prince Robert, was born on March 20 1995.
**Prince Alexander Théodore Charles Marie of Nassau, elder son of Prince Robert, was born on April 18 1997.
**Prince Frederik Henry Douglas Marie of Nassau, younger son of Prince Robert, was born on March 18 2002.

*Princess Alix Marie Anna Antoinette Charlotte Gabrielle of Ligne, the Grand Duke's aunt, was born on 24 August 1929. She is a Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Ligne. She was married on 17 August 1950 to Antoine Maria Joachim Lamoral, 13th Prince of Ligne who was born on 8 March 1925.

ee also

* List of Grand Dukes of Luxembourg
* Line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg


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