Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie

Luxembourg's Crown Princess turns 31

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(CS) There's another birthday in the Grand Ducal family this week, with Princess Stéphanie turning 31 on Wednesday, following Princess Alexandra's 24th birthday on Monday.

Princess Stéphanie was born on February 18, 1984 in Ronse, Belgium, the youngest of eight children to Count Philippe de Lannoy and Countess Alix della Faille de Leverghem. Countess Alix died unexpectedly in 2012, shortly before her daughter's wedding to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume on October 20.

Following their marriage, Stéphanie took on the title of Hereditary Grand Duchess, taking on a number of royal duties. She is a member of the board of the “Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse”, as well as being patron of “Les Amis des Musées d'Art et d'Histoire Luxembourg” and the Scienteens Lab, an initiative to promote young people to go into science.

The princess grew up in Belgium, attending the “Sancta Maria de Ronse” primary school, going to secondary school in the north of France (Collège Sainte-Odile) and Brussels (l'Institut de la Vierge Fidèle).

Aged 18, she embarked on a one-year stay to Moscow, where she studied the language and Russian literature, as well as continuing violin classes.

Stéphanie returned to Belgium to study German at the “Université Catholique de Louvain”, continuing her studies in Berlin in the field of German and Russian Romantics. Following her graduation, Stéphanie stayed in Berlin as an intern at the Belgian embassy's “Agence Wallonne à l'Exportation” before returning to Belgium where she worked at an investment fund company.

Interested in classical music, the Crown Princesses still plays the piano and the violin, as well as enjoying reading, skiing and swimming. Already fluent in French, German and English, Stéphanie continues learning Luxembourgish.

This past year, she visited Japan with the Crown Prince, as well as joining Guillaume on a number of representative duties, visiting Luxembourg businesses and cultural centres, as well as helping welcome guests, such as the Spanish king and queen, on official visits to the Grand Duchy.

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