Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg & Maria Teresa Mestre

The marriage of Prince Henri of Luxembourg and María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla - February 14, 1981

henri-mariaPrince Henri of Luxembourg , who later became Grand Duke of Luxembourg on October 7, 2000, was born at Betzdorf Castle, Luxembourg, on April 16, 1955.

María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla, a member of the Spanish nobility, was born on March 22, 1956 in Havana, Cuba. She became Grand Duchess of Luxembourg when Prince Henri succeeded his father. 

Family life

The couple has five children: four sons and one daughter. Prince Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie (b. 1981), Prince Felix Leopold Marie Guillaume (b. 1984), Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume (b. 1986), who is now married to Princess Tessy, Princess Alexandra Josephine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wihelmine (b. 1991), and Prince Sebastian Henri Marie Guillaume (b. 1992).


The couple have two grandchildren, the sons of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy: Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny of Nassau (b. 2006), and Prince Noah Guillaume of Nassau (b. 2007).

The engagement

Prince Henri and Maria Theresa met at the University of Geneva, where they were both studying the same subject, political science. They both graduated in 1980 and married one year later.

The couple are well-known for their happy marriage. Describing their early relationship, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg said: “The more time we spent together it was more clear to us that we would spend our lives together.”

ceremonyThe ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place in Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, on February 14, 1981, Valentine's Day.

On their wedding day, the Grand Duke said, “When my fiancée walked into the cathedral, all the hype was gone and I knew that we would be together forever. My life and purpose was for us to overcome things together. That moment is one of my best memories.”

The wedding was attended by Europe's major royal and princely houses, including HM Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, King Olav of Norway, TSHs Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, and all of the Belgian royal family.




The bride's attire

Maria Teresa wore a custom-made silk and fur-trimmed gown designed by Pierre Balmain.

She wore the Congo Diamond Tiara, loaned to her for the occasion.

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