Thirty years ago today on February 14, 1981, a young and dashing fairytale Prince named HRH Hereditary Prince Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg married the beautiful María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla at the gothic Norte Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Several years prior, the young couple met at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Both Henri and Maria Teresa were studying Political Science and somehow they met (I suppose they had the same classes, but who knows.) In any event, the young couple soon fell in love and decided to marry. According to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, “The more time we spent together it was more clear to us that we would spend our lives together.”
The soon to be Grand Duchess of Luxembourg wore a silk and fur-trimmed gown custom designed by Pierre Balmain. Her simple yet lovely tiara was a handed down gift from the late Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg and is known as the Congo Diamond Tiara.
The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Henri, recently spoke with, Télécran, whereupon he recalls his wedding day:
This day I will always remember as the day that was such great joy. I will not conceal that I was a little excited about the enormous appeal, which had found our wedding in the media. At that moment, but in which my fiancee walked into the cathedral, any nervousness was gone, and I knew that we would now be forever by two for the tasks that would put life and my function to us to overcome together . This moment is one of my best memories.
Practically all members of the major royal and princely houses attended the wedding including HM Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, King Olav of Norway, TSHs Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, all of the Belgian royal family, and many more.
Today the couple have five children and two grand children. Moreover, the couple are still head over heels in love with each other.
So, Happy 30th wedding anniversary to the awesome Grand Ducal couple of Luxembourg!
To watch the enthronement of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg please click the link: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
To watch a video clip of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa prepping for Luxembourg’s National Day please click the link: National Day, 2010
To read more about the couple’s anniversary please click the link: Wort.lu