Yesterday, the Grand Ducal Court (Cour Grand-Ducale) of Luxembourg announced that Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa would undertake a state visit to France from 19 to 21 March 2018.
The couple has been invited by His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France.
The brief press release stated, “On the invitation of His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic of France, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg will travel to France for a state visit from 19 to 21 March 2018.”
More details about the state visit will be announced in due course.
In August of 2017, the Grand Duke invited President Macron to visit Luxembourg while the former was in the French capital of Paris.
The Grand Duke recently returned from South Korea where he attended International Olympic Committee meetings, the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games and the competitions on 10 February.
From 27 to the 29th of November of last year, the Grand Duke and Duchess were due to travel on a state visit to Japan. However, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa pulled out of the tour as she has a fear of flying. In her place, Their Royal Highnesses only daughter, Princess Alexandra accompanied her father to Asia for her first state visit, where they were hosted by Their Imperial Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan.
Grand Duke Henri became the Grand Duke of Luxembourg upon the abdication of his father, Grand Duke Jean on 7 October 2000. He married Cuban born María Teresa Mestre y Batista on Valentine’s Day 1981. They have five children: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Félix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien. The couple has four grandchildren, as well: Princess Amalia and Prince Liam (via Félix and wife Princess Claire) and Princes Gabriel and Noah (via Louis marriage to Tessy Antony.)