International royals

Luxembourg’s Prince Noah of Nassau makes his First Communion

Saturday, May 28, was a very special day for Luxembourg’s eight-year-old Prince Noah of Nassau. He made his First Holy Communion before members of his royal family. Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich presided over the ceremony.

Noah is the youngest son of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. Prince Louis is the third child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. Noah’s grandparents were there as well, and so was his older brother, Prince Gabriel.

His Royal Highness, Prince Louis of Luxembourg married Tessy Antony on September 29, 2006 in Gilsdorf Luxembourg. They had a civil ceremony at the Grand Dukal Palace and a religious ceremony in Gilsdorf. Their engagement and marriage could be taken straight from the pages of a Harlequin novel, soap opera or from history itself – a Prince who gave up his right to the throne for the woman he loves.

The circumstances of their wedding came is quite a surprise to the grand Dukal Palace A year earlier, in 2005, it was announced the nineteen-year-old prince and his twenty-year-old soldier girl friend of a year were expecting a child.

On March 12 2006, their son, Prince Gabriel was born, and it was announced in June they were to be married. A month before their wedding, Louis renounced his rights to the throne along with those of his descendants. This wasn’t required by law, but Gabriel was born out of wedlock, and Louis was following the example of his Uncle Jean who had a child outside of marriage.

After their wedding, Tessy and Gabriel were simply known as Tessy and Gabriel De Nassau. However after the birth of their second son, Noah a year after their wedding, Grand Duke Henri granted Tessy the title of Princess of Luxembourg and Gabriel and Noah the title of Princes of Nassau.