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Back to school with Princess Claire of Luxembourg

Princess Claire of Luxembourg, née Claire Lademacher, married Prince Felix of Luxembourg in September 2013. The couple met during their studies at Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil, a private boarding school in Switzerland.

Before that, Claire was enrolled at the Atlanta International School when she was 11 and upon her family’s return to Germany in 1999, she was enrolled at the Frankfurt International School. After her studies at the Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil, where she won a Prize of Excellency in 2003 according to the Court, Claire started studying international communication at the American University of Paris, obtaining her undergraduate degree in 2007.

After her studies, Claire worked in publishing at Condé Nast but she surprisingly decided to start studies in bioethics, while still working. This was an impressive choice for Claire who obtained her degree from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, an educational institute of the Catholic Church in Rome, with the mention summa cum laude (meaning “With highest honours”). After that, she prepared a doctorate at the same institute about organ donation ethics in 2012. At the end of 2012, before the announcement of her engagement to Prince Felix, Claire was a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics of Georgetown University.

When Prince Felix and Claire’s engagement was announced by the Grand Duke Henri in December 2012, a lot of people were impressed by her academic as it was really impressive. Alongside her studies, Claire also worked since 2009 with the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics and Human Rights.

Her first patronage as a Princess was for the Luxembourg Transplant Association. Prince Felix and Princess Claire also actively support a French association, “Le Sourire de Lucie”, that focuses on research of rare diseases, with a particular focus on Sjögren-Larsson Syndrome. Through her work with these two associations, the Princess can use her studies in an active way.

Princess Claire speaks four languages: German (her mother tongue), French, English and Italian.

Since their wedding in 2013, Prince Felix and Princess Claire are managing the Château Les Crostes vineyard in the South of France. The vineyard belongs to Claire’s father.

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