At the end of last month, Princess Tessy of Luxembourg was presented with the “Woman of the Decade Creating A Better World For All” award by the All Ladies League and the Women’s Economic Forum on 31 January at the United Kingdom Women’s Economic Forum.
The Princess, who announced her separation from her husband Prince Louis, was a speaker during the first day of the Women’s Economic Forum. She has been incredibly active in supporting a variety of charities and NGOs including currently serving as a UNAIDS Global Ambassador for Young Women and Adolescent Girls. She also formed her own NGO, Professors Without Borders.
Princess Tessy is quite an accomplished young royal. She met her soon-to-be ex-husband, Prince Louis, while he was visiting the army during an official royal engagement. She had enrolled in the army at the age of 18 alongside her twin brother and undertook a voluntary mission with the United Nations to Kosovo in 2004. As the only female member of her unit, she received a UN medal of recognition.
After her six-year military career had ended, Princess Tessy attended the American International University in London where she received a BA in International Relations. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy, during which she wrote a dissertation on Biological Terrorism and Non-Violent State Actors.
The Princess and Prince Louis have two sons – Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah. As their marriage in 2006 was considered morganatic, Prince Louis gave up his succession rights, as well as those of his son and future children, though he retained his royal title and style. Until 2009, his wife and sons were simply given the surname de Nassau. On Luxembourg’s National Day on 23 June 2009, Tessy was granted the title Princess of Luxembourg and the style Royal Highness. Her sons were accorded the same favour.