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Who is Princess Tessy of Luxembourg?

The latest issue of “Who Is?” focuses on Her Royal Highness, Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. 

Tessy Antony was born in Luxembourg City on 28th October 1985 to François and Régine Antony. She has a twin brother, Ronny (1985) as well as two older brothers, twins Mike (1978) and Jerry († 1978) and one sister, Patty (1981).

Tessy completed her primary education at the Niederkorn school before moving onto the Mathias Adam Lycée Technique in Pétange in the south of Luxembourg to complete her secondary education. At this time she also took lessons at the École de Musique de Differdange where she learned how to play and develop her skills on the alto saxophone. Her Royal Highness is fluent in her native Luxembourgish, as well as French, German and English.

At 18 years of age, after completing her secondary education, Tessy and her twin brother, Ronny joined the Luxembourg Army. After receiving training in a combat unit, she obtained a licence to drive lorries, hummers and armoured hummers. From March to August 2004, Tessy was stationed in Kosovo after volunteering to take part in the United Nations BELUKOS 13/15 detachment. She was the only female on her team and received the United Nations Medal of Recognition for her work on the mission.

Following this, Tessy was stationed at the Luxembourg Embassy in London in 2005. She then took up a post at the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations in Geneva.

From 2005 to 2009 the Princess attended several lectures on the topics of education and psychology, obtaining a diploma in the educational sector and several certifications in psychology. After spending two years in America studying occupational therapy, Tessy moved to England where she worked in the “security and research” sector.

She graduated from Richmond, the American International University in London in 2014 with a BA in International Relations. Throughout her undergraduate career, Tessy was awarded the ‘Dean’s List’ five times in recognition of academic excellence. She received a first on her dissertation which she wrote on the rise of nationalism in Europe, using the Golden Dawn political party in Greece as a case study.

Her Royal Highness continued her academic career, obtaining a Master’s degree in international studies and diplomacy from the SOAS University in London, receiving a merit for her thesis on biological terrorism and non-violent state actors.

Prince Louis, Tessy Antony and their son Gabriel after their wedding. Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Prince Louis, Tessy Antony and their son Gabriel after their wedding. Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Tessy met her future husband, Prince Louis of Luxembourg for the first time when he visited the army. They married on the 29 September 2006 in the parish church of Gilsdorf in Luxembourg, with Tessy being styled originally as Tessy de Nassau. The couple has two children: Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny de Nassau (born on 12 March 2006 in Geneva) and Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier de Nassau (born on 21 September 2007 in Luxembourg).

Sadly, the couple announced their intent to divorce in early 2017. She is expected to lose her title once the divorce is granted.

By decree of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke, Tessy was given the title of Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma with the style of Royal Highness on 23 June 2009, Luxembourg’s National Day. The same decree granted her children the title of Prince de Nassau with the style of Royal Highness. In 2012, Princess Tessy received the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau.

Her Royal Highness is very interested in charities and NGOs acting in favour of people with specific needs and actively takes part in charitable events in both Luxembourg and London. She is a member of the Luxembourg Groupe de Support Psychologique (Psychological Support Group) and created her own NGO titled ‘Professors without Borders’.

The Princess is also a Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls at UNAIDS as well as an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, an internationally recognised think tank patronised by Queen Elizabeth II in the centre for Global Health and Security. In 2016 Princess Tessy received the Mongrovious Medal of Recognition for her work on spreading humanistic ideas globally.

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa. Photo shows: Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize. Presented by Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. Photo©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose

21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), Durban, South Africa. Photo shows: Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize, presented by Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. Photo©International AIDS Society/Marcus Rose

Whenever her schedule and studies allow, Princess Tessy and Prince Louis along with their two sons return to Luxembourg to take part in the private life and functions of the Grand Ducal Family as well as taking part in official events upon request of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess.

A keen sports fan, Her Royal Highness regularly practices swimming, scuba diving, spinning, skiing and hunting. She enjoys classical and contemporary music but has a particular passion for jazz music. She is a member of the Niederkorn Fanfare. Princess Tessy regularly attends conferences and seminars on psychology and social development, topics she also enjoys reading about most.

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