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Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau and Antonius Willms marry in civil ceremony

Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau and Antonius Willms married in a civil ceremony in Luxembourg on Monday 15 May.

Princess Marie-Gabrielle is the eldest child and only daughter of Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his former wife, Hélène Vestur. She was born in Paris. Prince Jean is the second son of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium and the younger brother of Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. He gave up his succession rights in 1986.

Antonius Willms is the son of Hayo Wilms and Countess Maria Theresia von Goëss. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and he lived in Luxembourg for several years as his father worked in finance. Princess Marie-Gabrielle and Antonius Willms currently live in Germany.

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés

The couple was married by Lydie Polfer, mayor of Luxembourg city in the town hall. The religious wedding is set to take place later this year in Marbella, Spain on property owned by the in-laws of Marie-Caroline, Antonius’s sister.

Princess Marie-Gabrielle chose her brother Prince Constantin as her witness and Antonius chose his brother Johannes. The civil wedding fell on the same date as the 60th birthday of Marie-Gabrielle’s father.

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés First row: Son Altesse Royale le Prince Constantin de Nassau ; Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Marie Gabrielle de Nassau ; Monsieur Antonius Willms et Monsieur Johannes Willms. Second row: Madame Hélène Vestur ; Son Altesse Royale le Prince Jean de Luxembourg ; Son Altesse Royale la Grande-Duchesse ; Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc ; Monsieur Hayo Willms et son épouse la Comtesse Maria Theresia von Goëss. Third row: Son Altesse Royale le Prince Louis de Luxembourg ; Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Margaretha de Liechtenstein ; Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc Héritier; Son Altesse Royale la Grande-Duchesse Héritière ; Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Alexandra et Son Altesse Royale le Prince Wenceslas de Nassau. Fourth row: Son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse Maria-Annunciata de Liechtenstein ;Mademoiselle Anna Willms ; Monsieur Alejandro Gamazo Hohenlohe et son épouse Madame Marie-Caroline Gamazo Hohenlohe ; Son Altesse Sérénissime le Prince Joseph-Emmanuel de Liechtenstein et Son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse Marie-Astrid de Liechtenstein.

Members of the Grand Ducal Family were in attendance: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra; Prince Jean, his sons Prince Constantin, Prince Wenceslas and Prince Carl; Princess Margaretha and her children Princess Anunciata, Princess Astrid and Prince Josef. Hélène Vestur, Marie-Gabrielle’s mother, was present as were Antonius’s parents and his siblings Johannes, Anna and Marie-Caroline with her husband, Alejandro Gamazo Hohenlohe.

After the civil ceremony, Princess Marie-Gabrielle offered her bridal flowers to the Our Lady of Luxembourg at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.

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