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Luxembourg’s Prince Charles honoured with tree-planting ceremony

Charles, Guillaume, Stephanie
© Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Luxembourg’s new heir, Prince Charles, was honoured with a tree planting on Monday afternoon by the Luxembourg government.

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess took their four-month-old son to Pescatore Park for the ceremony. They were joined by Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Kersch, Luxembourg City Mayor Lydie Polfer and First Alderman of the City of Luxembourg, Serge Wilmes.

© Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

The ceremony began with the group first stopping by the tree planted to honour the life of the late Grand Duke Jean – Prince Charles’s great-grandfather who died at the age of 98 in April 2019. They then moved on to the location for the tree-planting ceremony for Prince Charles.

A gold plaque stands where the new tree was planted that says in French: “In honour of His Royal Highness Prince Charles Jean Philippe Joseph Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg born 10 May 2020 in Luxembourg.”

© Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

The proud parents were beaming with their baby boy throughout the entire event, and all those in attendance abided by health restrictions advised by the Luxembourgish government and wore masks.

Charles was christened on 19 September at the Abbey of St. Maurice and St. Maurus of Clervaux in Clervaux, Luxembourg. His godparents are his paternal uncle, Prince Louis of Luxembourg and his maternal aunt, Countess Gaëlle de Lannoy.

© Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Prince Charles Jean Philippe Joseph Marie Guillaume was born at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City on 10 May 2020. He’s the only child of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. His birth was celebrated with a 21-gun salute.

As the grandson of the reigning Grand Duke Henri, he is second in line to the Luxembourgish throne behind his father, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume.

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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.