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Family takes centre stage for Luxembourg’s 2022

Family was central to the Grand Ducal Family’s 2022, and next year will see the family gain two more members.

In January, both the Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duke were struck down by COVID. Former Princess Tessy, now Tessy Antony de Nassau, teamed up with Princess Märtha Louise for a new podcast.

The Grand Ducal Court issued a warning to the public against fake Facebook profiles in February, and sadly, Prince Louis and Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue broke off their engagement. Tessy Antony de Nassau sent her support to her ex-husband after the announcement. The pair have remained friends since divorcing. Tessy is now remarried to Frank Floessel.

February also saw little Prince Charles unveiling a new tree at a World Scout Day event.

By March, royals were sharing their support for Ukraine, and Luxembourg was no different. Grand Duke Henri was moved by the stories he heard from refugees on a visit to a welcoming centre.

© Helmut Fricke

We were also treated to new photos of Princess Claire on her 37th birthday.

The Luxembourg royals also opened their property to Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.

May saw Prince Charles celebrate his second birthday, and he was doted on by his loving parents, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, in the images released.

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Kary Barthelmey

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa undertook a state visit to Portugal, and Prince Charles attended the closing of the Octave – an important event in Luxembourg – for the first time.

Charles featured in a future monarch’s photo at Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s birthday bash in Oslo in June and National Day festivities kicked off. Prince Gabriel, the son of Prince Louis and Tessy Antony de Nassau, attended National Day for the first time.

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

By September, Prince Charles had joined his parents for a visit to Schueberfouer, and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess spent a day out with three of their five grandchildren for a fun-filled family trip to Parc Merveilleux in Bettembourg.

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took the two children of Prince Félix and Princess Claire – Princess Amalia (8) and Prince Liam (5) – and the son of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie – Prince Charles – to the family event.

©Claude Piscitelli

September ended on a very high note as it was announced that Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie are expecting their second child in April 2023.

October was a month of celebration for the soon-to-be parents of two. The couple celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary, and new images were released by the Grand Ducal Court to mark the occasion.

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

Then, in November, there was more cause for celebration as the engagement of Princess Alexandra to Nicolas Bagory was announced.

Prince Guillaume was in South Korea at the end of the month to lead an economic mission, but there was tension back in Luxembourg by mid-December as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was involved in an altercation with a staff member.

Grand Duke Henri addressed the Luxembourgish people on Christmas Eve and spoke on Ukraine, repression in Iran and the fight for democracy.

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

The month and year ended on a high note as the wedding date of Princess Alexandra and Mr Bagory was announced; they will wed on 22 April in a civil ceremony in Luxembourg before having a religious ceremony a week later in France.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.