Grand Duke Henri, the reigning sovereign, is the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg (passed away on 10 January 2005). He succeeds to the throne on 7 October 2000, after the abdication of his father, Grand Duke Jean (1964 — 2000).
One family, four generations
On 14 February 1981, prince Henri marries Maria Teresa Mestre in the Cathedral Our Lady of Luxembourg. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa have 5 children, as well as 3 grand-children. From their union are issued:
- prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, born on 11 November 1981;
- prince Félix, born on 3 June 1984;
- prince Louis, born on 3 August 1986;
- princess Alexandra, born on 16 February 1991;
- prince Sébastien, born on 16 April 1992.
Grand Duke Jean, who lives in Fischbach Castle, holds a special place among these four generations.
A close family
The grand ducal family is an especially close family, which, like all Luxembourgish families, tries to spend a maximum of time together. During holidays the complete family can either be found at Berg Castle, or at their Cabasson estate, or in Switzerland for winter sports.
Marriages and births
Prince Guillaume was officially appointed Hereditary Grand Duke on 18 December 2000. In October 2012, at the Cathedral Our Lady of Luxembourg, he married countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, who thereby became Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
In September 2013, prince Félix married princess Claire of Luxembourg at the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madelaine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume (France). From this union a grand-daughter was born: princess Amalia.
Finally, two more grand-children are issued from the marriage of prince Louis to princess Tessy of Luxembourg, celebrated in September 2006: princes Gabriel and Noah.
A very committed family
In the context of their official functions, TRH the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess regularly embark on state visits and official visits, which allow them to meet heads of state and government across the globe. As head of the Luxembourg army, the Grand Duke also regularly visits deployments of the Luxembourgish army abroad.
The grand ducal couple is also involved actively in the life of the country, through numerous sponsorships and commitments in the social, humanitarian, economic, cultural and sports domains.
Thus, the Grand Duke is, among others, member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Grand Duchess is notably president of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Foundation, whose objective is to help people in need in Luxembourg. On an international level, she is among others a Unesco Goodwill Ambassador.
The Hereditary Grand Duke also travels across the globe to represent Luxembourg abroad. As honorary president of Luxembourg for Business, he regularlyheads Luxembourgish economic or financial missions, during which he is often joined by the Hereditary Grand Duchess. Moreover, he shows its humanitarian commitment by its patronage of the Kräizbierg Foundation, which helps people with disabilities.