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Special celebrations for a royal family as Europe’s newest prince gets ready for his first Christmas

The Luxembourgish royals are more private about how they celebrate the Christmas holidays. But with one brand new prince enjoying his first Christmas in 2023 and another new family member on the way, the family is sure to have lots to celebrate this holiday season.

On Christmas Eve each year, Grand Duke Henri’s speech is aired to the public, where he talks about the previous year and looks ahead to the upcoming year.

Grand Duke Henri gives his Christmas speech on December 24 every year (© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli)

Like any family, they exchange gifts with one another and enjoy time relaxing with their family. They reportedly spend the season at their chalet in Switzerland, where they may attend a traditional Christmas Eve Mass.

This will be a very special Christmas for the heir to the throne, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and his wife, Stephanie, as they celebrate it with their two children for the first time. Their younger son, Francois, was born earlier this year but is already attending public engagements and will no doubt enjoy the festive season with his big brother, three year old Prince Charles.

Prince Francois will celebrate his first Christmas with his family (© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue)

Of course, there has to be a balance with families during the holidays. Back in 2017, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie revealed that she and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume were going to be spending that Christmas with her family in Belgium. It would be natural, of course, for Prince Félix, Princess Claire and their children (Princess Amalia and Prince Liam) to spend some Christmases with Claire’s family in Germany, as well, although with their third baby imminent, they may choose to remain at home.

The Grand Ducal Court will, sometimes, release a new family photo at the end of the year as a way to wish the Luxembourgish people well as the new year begins.

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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.