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Wedding bells ring in Luxembourg for Grand Duke Henri’s only daughter

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced the engagement of Princess Alexandra to Mr Nicolas Bagory. 

The Grand Ducal Court said: “Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, to Mr Nicolas Bagory.”

“The two families join in the happiness of the engaged couple by surrounding them with their affection.”

The wedding will take place in the spring, and in the accompanying picture, the future bride is seen sporting what looks like a trilogy ring; it features three oval-shaped diamonds mounted in a gold setting. 

It has not been revealed how the couple met.

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also took to her personal Instagram and Twitter profiles to congratulate the couple and shared a more informal photograph; the only element uniting the two pictures is the necklace that graces the Princess’s neck, which features a golden chain with two pendants: what looks like an opal disc and a black heart.

Born on 11 November 1988, the groom currently workcreatingon of social and cultural projects, according to the Grand Ducal Court. He grew up in Brittany, a region in the north of France, and studied classical literature and political sciences. 

The bride is the fourth child and only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, which means that this wedding will most likely be the only time we will see Grand Duke Henri escort a bride down the aisle. The Princess was born at the Grand Duchesse Marie Charlotte Maternity Hospital on 16 February 1991, making her three years younger than her fiancé. 

She has undertaken her studies in politics and religion, as well as conflict resolution. She did an internship at the United Nations Security Council during the period in which Luxembourg was a non-permanent member and also worked as a journalist in the Middle East. 

She also volunteers to help refugees and migrants, especially those from religious conflicts.

Princess Alexandra was not in the line of succession for the first 20 years of her life until 2011, when the laws of succession in Luxembourg were changed to allow female descendants to be in line to the throne. 

She currently occupies the sixth position, behind two of her older brothers and their children; Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his son Prince Charles, and Prince Félix and his two children, Princess Amelia and Prince Liam. 

Princess Alexandra has another older brother, Prince Louis, who has two children from his first wife, Tessy Antony-de Nassau; however, Prince Louis gave up his succession rights and those of his children upon marriage.