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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie turns 37 and shares new photos with baby Prince Charles

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie is celebrating her 37th birthday today, and the Grand Ducal Court shared new images of the Hereditary Grand Duchess with her son, Prince Charles.

Four new photos were released that were taken by Sophie Margue at the family’s home at Fischbach Castle.

In her new biography on the Grand Ducal Court’s website, her new role as a mother is highlighted with the Court saying: “Princess Stéphanie has fully embraced motherhood since the birth of Prince Charles. She enjoys making new family memories together while ensuring her son grows up with the values of family and respect that she shares with Prince Guillaume.”

Prince Charles was born on 10 May 2020 in Luxembourg City’s Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital. He was baptised on 19 September 2020 at the Abbey of St. Maurice and St. Maurus of Clervaux.

Two solo images were also released of the Hereditary Grand Duchess, taken inside and outside the family’s home.

She was born Countess Stéphanie Marie Claudine Christine de Lannoy to Count Philippe de Lannoy and Countess Alix de Lannoy on 18 February 1984, in Ronse, Belgium. The youngest of eight children, she grew up on her family estate in Anvaing in Hainaut, Belgium with her seven brothers and sisters.

She met Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg around 2004 in Germany after an introduction by mutual friends. However, the pair lost track of one another until they met again a few years later. It was then that they started a relationship. On 26 April 2012, it was announced by the Grand Ducal Court, “Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, have the great joy to announce the engagement of their son, His Royal Highness Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke, with Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy.” The following day, Stéphanie was introduced to country officials and the public for the first time, alongside Guillaume and their families.

They were married in a civil ceremony at Luxembourg City Hall on 19 October 2012. The next day, they wed in a religious ceremony at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City. At this point, she was granted Luxembourg citizenship and given the title of Hereditary Grand Duchess.

Following her engagement announcement, the Hereditary Grand Duchess became one of four board members of the Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. She also holds patronages to Les Amis des Musées d’Art et d’Histoire Luxembourg (The Friends of the Museums of Art and History Luxembourg) and Scienteens Lab (Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine). The latter is the first research laboratory that allows teenagers to gain initial experience with biomedical research. In January of this year, she became Chairman of the Board of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Museum of Modern Art). In May 2017, she became the honorary president and administrator of the “De Mains de Maîtres” association.

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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. Her love of royals began in middle school, and 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.