Prince Félix of Luxembourg and his wife, Princess Claire, are expecting their second child this autumn, it has been announced by the Grand Ducal Court. The couple are already parents to 2 year-old Princess Amalia, and their second child will be fourth in the line of succession.
The official announcement read: “Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg are very pleased to announce that Prince Félix and Princess Claire are expecting their second child. The birth is expected to take place in autumn.”
Prince Félix of Luxembourg is the second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa. He met his future wife while studying at Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil. Princess Claire, formerly Claire Lademacher, was born in Germany in 1985 and has obtained a master’s degree in bioethics at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, receiving it with the distinction summa cum laude and she is currently pursuing a doctorate in the field of organ donation ethics.
Following their engagement in 2012, Prince Félix and Claire Lademacher were married in September 2013. They had their civil wedding in Königstein im Taunus in Germany, and their religious wedding at the basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in France. Their first daughter, Amalia, was born on June 15, 2014. She is so far the only grand-daughter of reigning Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa.
The small family currently lives in the south of France where Prince Félix runs a winery, “Château les Crostes Lorgues”, with his wife. The winery has been in the Lademacher family for many years.
Prince Félix is currently second in the line of succession, behind his elder brother Guillaume, the Hereditary Grand Duke. Guillaume married Countess Stephanie de Lannoy in 2012, but they are as of yet, childless. Princess Amalia is third in the line of succession behind her father. She is the first to benefit from the introduction of absolute primogeniture in 2011, by decree of Grand Duke Henri. She cannot be displaced in the line of succession by the birth of a younger brother.