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|Reign|| 7 October 2000 – present|
( 16 years, 316 days)
|Spouse||Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg|
| Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg|
|House|| House of Bourbon-Parma|
House of Nassau-Weilburg
|Father||José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez|
|Mother||María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre|
|Born|| 22 March 1956 |
Marianao, Havana, Cuba
HRH The Grand Duke
Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (née María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla; born 22 March 1956) is the spouse of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
Maria Teresa was born in Marianao, Havana, Cuba, to José Antonio Mestre y Alvarez and María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre, both from families of the bourgeoisie and Spanish nobility (including some Conquistadors).
In October 1959, at the time of the revolution, Maria Teresa Mestre left Cuba with her parents. The family settled in New York City, New York, where, as a young girl, she was a pupil at Marymount School. From 1961 she carried on her studies at the Lycée Français de New York.
In her childhood, Maria Teresa took ballet and singing courses. She practices skiing, ice-skating and water sports. She lived in New York City, Santander, Spain and Geneva, where she met the Grand Duke.
In 1980 she graduated from the University of Geneva in political sciences. Miss Mestre met Prince Henri at this university. For four years they both carried on similar studies, working sometimes in the same study groups. Miss Mestre was for instance, the author of a report comparing legislation concerning women and motherhood within the European Union.
Maria Teresa Mestre married Prince Henri of Luxembourg on 4 February/14 February 1981 with previous consent of the Grand Duke dated 7 November 1980.
They have five children:
- Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 11 November 1981)
- Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume (b. 3 June 1984)
- Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume (b. 3 August 1986)
- Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine (b. 16 February 1991)
- Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume (b. 16 April 1992)
Social and human interestsEdit
She took an ever increasing interest in social and human problems, following the family tradition which had allegedly brought her grandparents to devote themselves to philanthropy and cultural tasks in Cuba.
Besides her studies, Miss Mestre was a member of a group in Geneva taking interest in the well-being of residents of retirement homes. She also taught children in a Geneva classroom.
As a native Cuban, Spanish is her native language, and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa knows French thoroughly, having carried on her studies at the French School (Lycée Vauban) and in Switzerland. When she was young, she learned English. After her marriage she learned Luxembourgish, and she also speaks German.
In 2006, the Grand Duchess received the Path to Peace Award from a Holy See Foundation for her "relentless contribution to humanitarian causes."
She is the President of the Luxembourg Red Cross.