Royal wedding Guillaume and Stephanie

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The 30-year-old Guillaume of Luxembourg is the eldest son of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and his direct successor.  The 28-year-old bride Stephanie de Lannoy is of Belgian origin from the city of Ronse, born the youngest of 8 children in a noble family. She grew up in Hainaut and after the intervention of the parliament of the Grand Duchy obtained Luxembourg nationality.

Friday 19 OCtober was the civil marriage followed on Saturday by the religious ceremony in the cathedral Notre-Dame in Luxembourg with a capacity of 1400 guests and with many of the European royal houses in attendance.

The grandmother of the groom, Guillaume, was the late Josephine-Charlotte, who was the sister of Belgium’s King Albert.

The Dutch royal family was represented by Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima. Coming from Norway was Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Mette-Marit while Sweden will sent Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel and Denmark royal house was represented  by Crown Prince Frederick and his wife Mary.

Other stellar guests were Crown Prince Felipe of Spain and his wife Letizia, Princess Caroline of Monaco, and from the United Kingdom Prince Edward and his wife Sophie. There was a delegation from Japan with prince Naruhito representing the Japanese imperial family. Morocco sent Princess Lalla Salma.

Stéphanie de Lannoy wore an ivory lace dress with three-quarter sleeves from designer Elie Saab, finished with silver leaf-shaped accents. The train was 5 meters long. Stephanie’s tiara is a heirloom of the de Lannoy family and contains 270 diamonds in platinum arc, with a central pear shaped diamond.

The bride was  led into the cathedral by her brother Jehan. Her father, the 92-year-old Philip de Lannoy, was waiting for her his wheelchair at the altar to give her his blessing. The service began with a minute’s silence in memory of Stephanie’s mother Alix de Lannoy, who passed away in August.