Prince Louis of Luxembourg

Prince Louis of Luxembourg (Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume; born 3 August 1986) is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

Prince Louis
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Louis with his son Gabriel on his wedding day
Born (1986-08-03) 3 August 1986 (age 34)
Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Spouse
(m. 2006; div. 2019)
Issue
  • Prince Gabriel of Nassau
  • Prince Noah of Nassau
Names
Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume
HouseNassau-Weilburg (official)
Bourbon-Parma (agnatic)
FatherHenri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
MotherMaría Teresa Mestre y Batista

Prince Louis has two elder siblings: Guillaume and Felix; and two younger siblings: Alexandra and Sébastien. He was married to Tessy Antony, a former NCO in the Luxembourg Army, from whom he separated in 2017. They have two sons: Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah.

Early life and educationEdit

Prince Louis was born on 3 August 1986 at Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City.

After completing his primary education at the Ecole de Lorentzweiler, Prince Louis continued his secondary education at the American School of Luxembourg. He then went to the Collège Beau Soleil in Switzerland, where he earned his high school diploma in 2005.

During his time in Switzerland, he developed a particular interest in social and humanitarian work. He took part in missions organised by an NGO, in cooperation with his school, in Mumbai, India. There, he taught English to children from the poorest neighbourhoods of the city and to children living on the street. After his return to Europe, he followed what seems to have become a calling and carried out a one-year internship at the headquarters of the Red Cross in Geneva. During his school holidays, he also participated in programmes for looking after groups of children and supporting the elderly.

After spending two years in the United States, where he underwent training in "Aeronautics and Aeronautical Management" and gained his "Private pilot certificate", the princely family moved to the United Kingdom. There, Prince Louis and Princess Tessy attended university. In May 2014, Prince Louis graduated from Richmond, The American International University in London with a BA in Art in Communications. He wrote his undergraduate dissertation on humanitarian advertisement. He then continued his study at Birkbeck College in London and obtained a master's degree in Psychosocial Studies.[1]

At the International Forum on Learning Disabilities, held on 30 January 2016 in Luxembourg, Prince Louis spoke for the first time in public about his struggle with dyslexia. He was diagnosed at the age of 10. He said of his learning difficulty, "I did not understand what was happening. I was constantly forced to try to achieve the same levels as others. That takes a lot of time and leaves you frustrated because you can't do it." The Prince also said that he used sports, especially rugby, as an outlet for his frustration.[2][3] Prince Louis has a deep understanding and willingness to support dyslexic people, thanks to his personal experience and training with Béatrice Sauvageot, a recognized expert in this field. Currently, he lives in Paris and works as a consultant for Laurent Meeschaert Conseil.[1][4]

Prince Louis speaks Luxembourgish, French, English, and German fluently. He also has a sound knowledge of Spanish.

He is the godfather of his nephew, Prince Charles of Luxembourg.

Marriage and familyEdit

On 12 March 2006, Tessy Antony gave birth to a boy, named Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau,[5] who was born at a private Swiss hospital, Clinic des Grangettes, in Geneva.[6] Their son was the first grandchild of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.

Prince Louis married Tessy Antony on 29 September 2006 in Gilsdorf's Roman Catholic parish church. Upon his initially morganatic marriage,[7] he gave up his succession rights and those of all the couple's children. Although Louis retained his title of "Prince of Luxembourg" and the style of "Royal Highness", his wife and son were originally only given the surname de Nassau with no titles.[8] The couple's second son, Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau, was born on 21 September 2007 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital.[9] The baby was baptised at the same church in Gilsdorf where his parents married and his elder brother was christened.

Sometime after the birth of Noah, Tessy had a third pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.[10]

On Luxembourg's National Day on 23 June 2009, Tessy was given the title of "Princess of Luxembourg" and the style "Royal Highness". Their sons and future children were also given the title "Prince of Nassau" with the style "Royal Highness".[11] The family lived in London.[12]

The Grand Ducal Court announced the separation of Louis and Tessy on 18 January 2017. Divorce proceedings began in the United Kingdom, where the couple lived.[13] The divorce was finalized on 4 April 2019.

On 6 April 2021, the Grand Ducal Court announced the engagement of Prince Louis to Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue (born on 8 August 1991 in Bordeaux).[14] She is the daughter of Pierre Sirgue, a lawyer and former member of the French National Assembly for National Front (a far-right political party),[15] and Scarlett Berrebi, a lawyer.[15][16]

PatronageEdit

Prince Louis is a patron of the Luxembourg Federation of Table Tennis (since 2004), the Martial Arts Federation (since 2010), and the Luxembourg Aeronautical Federation (since 2011).[17]

Honours and awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Le Prince Louis - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Famille grand-ducale". www.monarchie.lu. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Luxembourg royals help end taboo on dyslexia". luxtimes.lu. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Maria Teresa de Luxembourg: "Je me suis battue pour mon fils"". Point de Vue. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  4. ^ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eKWltfM3muI
  5. ^ "A baby boy for Prince Louis". d'Wort. Archived from the original on 30 April 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2006.
  6. ^ "Gabriel". Clinic des Grangettes. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 14 March 2006.
  7. ^ Beeche, Arturo (2009). The Gotha, Volume 1. California, US: Kensington House Books. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-97-719617-3.
  8. ^ "Viele Schaulustige bei Hochzeit des Prinzen". d'Wort. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2006.
  9. ^ "Netty's Royal News". Netty Leistra. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007.
  10. ^ "Tessy Antony De Nassau on Instagram: "#Repost @jeannechavany with @get_repost I N S P I R A T I O N A L W O M E N We are thrilled to introduce to you Tessy Antony - Business…"". Instagram. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Nationalfeierdag: An der ganzer Stad gouf gefeiert". d'Wort. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2009.
  12. ^ "Happy 26th birthday Prince Louis". Wort.lu. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. ^ Sawer, Patrick (14 October 2017). "Princess of Luxembourg branded 'gold digger' as she takes divorce to UK court". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Prince Louis and Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue announce engagement". RTL. 6 April 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Une avocate bordelaise fiancée au prince Louis de Luxembourg". sudouest.fr (in French). 9 April 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  16. ^ Royalty
  17. ^ "Le Prince Louis" [The Prince Louis]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Honorary distinctions of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" (PDF). Service Information et Presse. Retrieved 21 September 2007.
  19. ^ Sons and brothers of the Grand Duke receive the order by birth.[18]
  20. ^ Princes and Princesses of the Grand-Ducal House of Luxembourg are Grand Crosses of the Order by birth but wear the order's insignias only after the age of 18.[18]

External linksEdit

Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Cadet branch of the House of Nassau
Born: 3 August 1986
Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Liam of Nassau
Line of succession to
the French throne (Legitimist)

46th position
Succeeded by
Prince Noah of Nassau