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Princess Claire of Luxembourg
Princess of Luxembourg

Princess Claire of Luxembourg
Spouse Prince Félix of Luxembourg
Princess Amalia of Nassau
Full name
Claire Margareta (née Lademacher)
Father Hatmut Lademacher
Mother Gabriele Schneider
Born 21 March 1985 (1985-03-21) (age 32)
Filderstadt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Occupation Bioethics researcher

Princess Claire of Luxembourg (née Claire Margareta Lademacher; born 21 March 1985), is a German bioethics researcher currently pursuing a doctorate in the field of organ donation ethics at Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. She married Prince Félix, second in the line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg, on 17 September 2013, and then again in a religious ceremony on 21 September 2013.

Early life

Princess Claire was born on 21 March 1985 in Filderstadt, Germany. She is the second child of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher. Her father, founder of LHS Telekommunikation and owner of castles in Croatia and Saint-Tropez, began his career at IBM and amassed an estimated €600 million by investing in the software industry. Claire and her older brother, Felix, grew up in Usingen.

At the age of 11, Lademacher moved with her family to Atlanta, and was enrolled in Atlanta International School. The family returned to Germany in 1999 and from then on, Lademacher attended Frankfurt International School, before enrolling in Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland. In 2003, she began studying international communication at the American University of Paris.

Academic career

Having obtained her undergraduate degree, Lademacher worked in publishing for Condé Nast Publications in New York and Munich. While an employee of Condé Nast Publications, she made the decision to pursue a career in academic bioethics. She proceeded to obtain a master's degree in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, receiving it with the distinction summa cum laude. At the same time, she was working for the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights, concerning herself primarily with research, event coordination and communications. In 2012, Lademacher was in Rome, preparing a doctorate in the field of organ donation ethics at Regina Apostolorum. The subject of her dissertation is the bioethical evaluation of consent for organ donation. The dissertation focuses on the situations in Germany, Austria, and the United States. For several months in the fall of 2012, she was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.

In addition to her native German, Lademacher speaks English, French, and Italian.

Personal life

Lademacher met Prince Félix, second in the line of succession to the throne of Luxembourg, while studying at Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil. The couple attended the wedding of Prince Félix's cousin, Archduke Imre of Austria, in Washington, D.C., in September 2012. In October, they attended the wedding of his older brother Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy, but were not allowed to sit together at the ceremony.

On 13 December, the grand ducal household confirmed that Lademacher was engaged to marry Prince Felix. Lademacher was presented to the press at the Château de Berg on 27 December. The civil wedding took place on 17 September 2013 in Königstein im Taunus, Germany, it being customary that weddings take place in the bride's place of residence. A religious ceremony followed on 21 September at the basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France.

Upon her marriage, Claire assumed the feminine form of her husband's titles, becoming a Princess of Luxembourg, of Nassau and of Bourbon-Parma, with the style of Royal Highness, as stipulated by the 18 June 2012 House Law revisions by Prince Félix's father, Grand Duke Henri.

Prince Félix and Princess Claire's daughter, Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa of Nassau, was born on 15 June 2014 at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte Hospital in Luxembourg.

Princesses of Luxembourg by marriage
The generations are numbered from the ascension of Adolphe as Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 1890.
1st Generation
Infanta Maria Ana of Portugal
2nd Generation
3rd Generation
Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium*^ • Joan Douglas Dillon*^
4th Generation
María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla* • Diane De Guerre* • Sibilla Sandra Weiller y Torlonia*
5th Generation
Tessy Antony* • Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy* • Claire Lademacher*
*also a princess of Nassau by marriage
^also a princess of Bourbon-Parma by marriage

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