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The wedding of Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy took place over a two-day period on October 19 and October 20, 2012. A civil ceremony was held on October 19 followed by a Roman Catholic wedding ceremony at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City the next day. The 2012 wedding marked the largest grand ducal event for the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg and the country in years. Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg was the last unmarried heir apparent of a monarchy in Europe prior to the wedding.

BackgroundEdit

The House of Nassau-Weilburg, which includes the Grand Ducal Family, has headed Luxembourg since 1890 Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg is set to succeed his father, Henri, as the 7th Grand Duke of Luxembourg upon the latter's death or abdication.

Stéphanie de Lannoy is a member of a Belgian noble family, considered one of the oldest aristocratic families in Europe. She is the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. A graduate of the Université catholique de Louvain, Stéphanie is multilingual, speaking French, German and Russian.

The union of Guillaume and Stéphanie was not controversial. Guillaume and Stéphanie had known each other for many years. The couple began dating in 2009. They announced their engagement in April 2012. Prince Guillaume was 30 years old and Stéphanie was 28 years old at the time of their October 2012 wedding.

Stéphanie's mother, Alix de Lannoy, died from a stroke on August 26, 2012, just two months before the grand ducal wedding.

The 2012 grand ducal wedding is estimated to have cost approximately 500,000 euros (US$650,000), paid with Luxembourgish taxes. The two-day ceremony includes public street fairs, fireworks, and free concerts, all open to the public.

Stephanie's citizenship process was expedited prior to the wedding, which caused some controversy within Luxembourg. She became a naturalized Luxembourger October 19, 2012.

CeremonyEdit

Civil ceremonyEdit

Prince Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie were married in a small civil ceremony on October 19, 2012, conducted by Luxembourg Mayor Xavier Bettel.

Religious ceremonyEdit

The more elaborate, Catholic wedding ceremony was held in Notre-Dame Cathedral the next day. The ceremony, which began shortly after 11:00 a.m. on October 20, was officiated by Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg. The weather on the day of the ceremony was described as "unseasonably warm." Stéphanie was escorted into the Cathedral by her eldest brother, Count Jehan. Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg arrived at the ceremony with his mother, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

The bride and groom exchanged wedding rings crafted entirely from fair trade gold.

The couple exchanged a public kiss before a crowd of well-wishers on the balcony of the Grand Ducal Palace after the ceremony.

Wedding attireEdit

Stéphanie's wedding dress was designed by Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab.The dress was described as an "ivory lace gown embroidered with silver filigree" with "three-quarter length sleeves." Her gown was accompanied by a silk tulle veil, featuring a motif of silver floral designs trailing thirteen feet behind her and the Lannoy family tiara.

Prince Guillaume wore Luxembourgish military regalia.

Bridal attendantsEdit

The bridal attendants were the bridegroom's sister and nephew, and nieces and nephew of the bride:

Guests Edit

Grand Ducal Family Edit

Parental Family

Extended Family Edit

  • Princess Anna of Hohenberg and Count Andreas of Bardeau; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
  • Princess Sophie of Hohenberg and Jean-Louis de Potesta; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
  • Countess Charlotte Henckel of Donnersmarck and Count Christoph Johannes von Meran; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
  • Princess Lydia, Hereditary Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg; the groom's first cousin once removed
  • Countess Veronica Holstein til Ledreborg; the groom's first cousin once removed
  • Countess Silvia Holstein til Ledreborg and John Munro; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
  • Countess Antonia Holstein til Ledreborg; the groom's first cousin once removed
  • Princess Charlotte of Nassau and Marc-Victor Cunningham; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
  • Prince Robert of Nassau and Princess Julie; the groom's first cousin once removed and his wife
  • Princess Alix of Luxembourg, Dowager Princess of Ligne; the groom's grandaunt
    • Prince Michel, 14th Prince of Ligne and Princess Eleanora, Princess of Ligne; the groom's first cousin once removed and his wife
      • Princess Alix de Ligne; the groom's second cousin
    • Prince Wauthier de Ligne and Princess Régine de Ligne; the groom's first cousin once removed and his wife
      • Princess Elisabeth-Eleonore de Ligne and Baron Baudouin Gillès de Pelichy; the groom's second cousin and her husband
    • Princess Anne de Ligne and Charles de Fabribeckers de Cortils et Grâce; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
    • Princess Christine and Prince Antônio of Orléans-Braganza; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
    • Countess Sophie de Nicolay, née Princess de Ligne; the groom's first cousin once removed
    • Prince Antoine-Lamoral de Ligne and Princess Minthia de Ligne, née Countess de Lannoy; the groom's first cousin once removed and her husband
    • Princess Yolande de Ligne and Hugo Townshend; the groom's first cousin once removed and his wife
  • Luis and Nicole Mestre; the groom's maternal uncle and aunt
    • Maike Mestre; the groom's cousin
    • Luis Mestre; the groom's cousin
  • Antonio Mestre; the groom's maternal uncle
  • Catalina Esteve; the groom's maternal aunt
    • Natalia Esteve; the groom's cousin
    • Katarina Esteve; the groom's cousin
    • Victoria Esteve; the groom's cousin
  • Hélène Vestur, former wife of Prince Jean

House of Lannoy Edit

  • The Count of Lannoy, father of the Bride
    • Count Jehan of Lannoy; the bride's brother
      • Countess Caroline de Lannoy; the bride's niece
      • Countess Louise de Lannoy, the bride's niece
    • Count Christian and Countess Luisa of Lannoy; the bride's brother and sister-in-law
    • Countess Nathalie of Lannoy and John Hamilton; the bride's sister and brother-in-law
      • Antonia Hamilton; the bride's niece
      • Charlotte Hamilton; the bride's niece
      • Madeleine Hamilton; the bride's niece
    • Countess Gaëlle of Lannoy; the bride's sister
    • Count Amaury of Lannoy; the bride's brother
    • Count Olivier and Countess Alice of Lannoy; the bride's brother and sister-in-law
    • Countess Isabelle of Lannoy and Jean-Charles de le Court; the bride's sister and brother-in-law
      • Isaure de le Court; the bride's niece
      • Lancelot de le Court; the bride's nephew
  • Countess Chantal of Lannoy; the bride's aunt
    • Countess Christine de Limburg Stirum, née Countess de Lannoy and Count Bruno de Limburg Stirum; the bride's first cousin and her husband
  • Countess Isabelle of Lannoy; the bride's aunt
  • Count Claude and Countess Claudine of Lannoy, Countess of Ursel; the bride's uncle and aunt
  • Ladislas and Anne della Faille de Leverghem; the bride's uncle and aunt
  • Dominique and Lydia de Schaetzen, née Lydia della Faille de Leverghem; the bride's uncle and aunt
  • Dominique and Claude della Faille de Lerverghem; the bride's uncle and aunt
  • Arnaud della Faille de Leverghem and Marie-Pascale della Faille de Lerverghem; the bride's uncle and aunt

Foreign Guests Edit

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