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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume receives birthday wishes from politicians and family on 40th birthday

The 11th of November marks a bittersweet day for Luxembourg. As they celebrate Armistice Day with the rest of Europe and the world, a sombre occasion to commemorate all the armed forces members who sacrificed their lives for their country, the nation also celebrates the birthday of their future Sovereign. 

Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie was born on the 11th of November 1981, which makes him 40 years old this year. A round birthday that has been celebrated by all Royal watchers, as well as by his family. 

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was quick to wish the Hereditary Grand Duke a happy birthday, with a tweet in Luxembourgish that read “From me personally and on behalf of the Government, I wish our Hereditary Grand Duke all the best on his 40th birthday”. 

The Grand Ducal Court was also quick to post a series of images that accompanied social media posts, each focussed on one area of Prince Guillaume’s life, from his childhood to his family to his charity and official work in the country. 

The first post was dedicated to the two new official photographs that the Court decided to publish; one sees Guillaume by himself in an outdoors setting, the other is a family portrait with a smiling Stéphanie standing next to her husband, who is holding their one year old son, a cheery Prince Charles. 

The second tweet was focused on family, with portraits from the family’s private collection that show the evolution of the concept of family in the Prince’s life; from a picture of him as a baby in the arms of his mother, to a picture of his wedding, one of the christening of his son and a fourth big family portrait from the much-awaited family reunion that happened in France over the summer. 

The third and final tweet read “Carried by human values transmitted to him since his childhood, Prince Guillaume has never stopped working for the good of citizens and Luxembourg”. Attached to the tweet, are photographs that show his daily work, both in Luxembourg and abroad. One of the pictures shows the first day of his most recent trip to Dubai, where he opened the Luxembourgish pavilion at Expo2020. 

It was undoubtedly a moment of celebration for the entire grand ducal family, and a special day to highlight all the good His Royal Highness has done throughout the years. 

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