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Luxembourg's heir ties knot in royal wedding

10-22-2012 11:05 BJT

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In Luxembourg, the world’s only grand duchy, the last remaining bachelor heir to a European throne is officially off the market in the region’s first royal wedding in decades. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy have officially tied the knot at the duchy’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg doesn’t get a lot of turns in the spotlight. But this week is a time to shine for the tiny nation’s royalty. Prince Guillaume, the 30-year-old heir to the throne and Luxembourg’s grand duke-to-be and the Belgian countess Stephanie de Lannoy tied the knot with a show of tradition.

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy have
officially tied the knot at the duchy’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

28-year-old Stephanie is a member of the Belgian nobility, while The Crown Prince is a lieutenant colonel in the Luxembourg army. The couple has known each other for years. They began dating in 2009 and got engaged in 2011. Stephanie plans to renounce her Belgian citizenship in order to one day become Luxembourg’s Grand Duchesse when the couple inherits the role of sovereigns.

The church wedding came a day after a civil ceremony in Luxembourg. It was the region’s first royal wedding in decades, eliminating Europe’s Last Bachelor Heir Prince.

A glittering array of royalty were present at the ceremony, including Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, and Britain’s Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest child, and his wife, Sophie.

The two-day wedding celebrations were wrapped-up with a spectacular display of fireworks, as onlookers and well-wishers lined the streets.

Luxembourg, the world’s only grand duchy, is a truly tiny country, smaller than the US’s smallest state of Rhode Island. Despite its stature though, the country of 500,000, wedged between France, Belgium and Germany is an important financial center and has continued to prosper despite Europe’s economic troubles.

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy have
officially tied the knot at the duchy’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy have officially
tied the knot at the duchy’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy have officially
tied the knot at the duchy’s Notre Dame Cathedral.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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