Baby on the way for Prince Félix and Princess Claire

Photo: Marc Wilwert

(CS) Luxembourg's Grand Ducal household on Tuesday morning announced that Prince Félix and Princess Claire are expecting their first child.

"The birth is expected to take place in June," an official statement read.

Prince Félix, 29, second in line to the Luxembourg throne, married long-time love Claire Lademacher in September 2013. The couple celebrated their wedding with two ceremonies - a civil service in the bride's hometown, Königstein im Taunus in Germany, on September 17, followed by a religious ceremony on September 21 in the south of France.

The couple now lives in Lorgues, in the French region of Provence, running a wine estate owned by Claire's family, with Félix attending oenology classes and Claire continuing to pursue her PhD in bio-ethics, in the field of organ donation.

Félix and Claire, 28, met when they were both students at the Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil boarding school in Switzerland. However, the pair has not revealed when their romance actually took off.

The Grand Ducal family, as well as the Lademacher family, are "delighted with the news," the palace statement said.

It will be the fifth great-grandchild for Grand Duke Jean, joining Prince Louis and Princess Tessy's sons Gabriel and Noah, as well as the children of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria and Archduke Imre of Austria.

Marie-Christine and Imre are the children or Princess Marie-Astrid, Grand Duke Henri's sister.

Together with her husband Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum Marie-Christine is the mother of two sons - Léopold, born in April 2011, and Constantin, born in October 2013.

Imre meanwhile welcomed his first child together with his wife Kathleen Walker, a US national, in November 2013 - daughter Maria-Stella Elizabeth Christiana Yolande Alberta of Austria.