Guillaume & Stéphanie to explore family roots in Germany

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(CS) Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, are set to visit Germany from August 30 to September 1 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Weilburg militia.

The militia was founded to mark the wedding of William, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg, and Luisa Isabella of Sayn-Hachenburg-Kirchberg on June 24, 1813.

Among William and Luisa's children was Adolphe, who would go on to be the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and is Guillaume's great great great-grandfather.

To this day, the Weilburg militia hold a guard of honour for the deceased members of the Nassau-Weilburg family at the family crypt, which officially belongs to Luxembourg soil.

Historic tours of Limburg, Weilburg and Nassau

As part of their visit, Guillaume and Stéphanie will visit the Limburg Cathedral on August 30, followed by a private concert by the cathedral's choir and a walk through the picturesque city centreof Limburg an der Lahr.

On Saturday, their royal highnesses will be welcomed by Minister-President of Hesse, Volker Bouffier in Wiesbaden, where they will sign the golden book, as well as visiting a Nassau memorial, Biebrich castle and the Russian-Orthodox St Elizabeth church.

In the afternoon, the couple will be welcomed in Weilburg by the mayor Hans-Peter Schick and the the captain of the militia, Jörg Schönwetter. Guillaume and Stéphanie will attend the afternoon festivities, including the traditional “Festakt” and the “Zapfenstreich”, as well as meeting local residents.

On September 1, the visit will come to an end with a visit to Nassau, where the Crown Prince and Princess will be welcomed by the mayor, Armin Wenzel, and visit Nassau castle, as well as signing the city's golden book.