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Who is Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg?

His Royal Highness Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg was born on 16 April 1992 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg. He is the youngest of Grand Duke Henri, with whom he shares his birthday, and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa‘s five children. He has three older brothers, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Félix, and Prince Louis. He has one sister, Princess Alexandra. 

His full name and title are His Royal Highness Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume, Prince of Nassau. He is sixth in line to the throne after his older brother Prince Louis gave up the succession rights of himself and his children in 2006.

The Prince with his parents at Sandhurst. © COUR GRAND-DUCALE / LOLA VELASCO / TOUS DROITS RÉSERVÉS

When he was christened in the Roman Catholic Church on 28 May 1992, his godparents were announced as his eldest brother, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Princess Astrid of Belgium.

His Royal Highness attended nursery school in Angelsberg, Luxembourg; afterwards, for his primary education, he was enrolled at St George’s International School. He then attended Sunningdale School and Ampleforth College for a couple of years in the United Kingdom as an exchange student. Prince Sébastien then graduated with a Baccalaureate from the International School of Luxembourg. He chose to pursue his university education in the United States at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. While there, he was a member of the school’s rugby team. He graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communication.

He spent time at Sandhurst Academy in the United Kingdom undergoing training alongside Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein. He began the 44-week training course in September 2016. His late grandfather, Grand Duke Jean; father, Grand Duke Henri; and his eldest brother, Prince Guillaume attended the academy in the past. His training came to a conclusion on 11 August with the Sovereign’s Parade.

At 27, His Royal Highness currently does not participate in many royal events due to his schooling. However, he does when time allows and is always present at the National Day celebrations and the closing of the Feast of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg. As an avid sportsman, he is the patron of Luxembourg Federation of Swimming and Lifesaving.

From left to right back row: Prince Sébastien, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Grand Duke Henri, Prince Félix, and Prince Louis. Front row: Princess Alexandra and Princess Claire. Photo: Grand Ducal Court / Lola Velasco / all rights reserved

In his spare time, the Prince is known to partake in climbing, skiing, swimming and rugby. In the past, he was even selected as a member of the Luxembourg national rugby team. He also enjoys art, travelling and learning about different cultures. He speaks French, German, Luxembourgish and English fluently and is known to understand some Spanish.

He is the godfather to his nephew, Prince Liam – the son of his brother, Prince Félix and sister-in-law, Princess Claire. He lives in the UK.

Prince Félix after the christening of his son Prince Liam. Pictured with his brother, Prince Sébastian (godfather to Liam), wife, Princess Claire, daughter, Princess Amalia and Liam’s other godparent, Anna-Maria Pamin. © 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

Prince Sébastien is a Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau and holds the honour of Grand Cross of Order of Adolphe of Nassau.

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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.