Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Royal 2016: a special wedding anniversary

The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg in a portrait marking their 35th wedding anniversary, February 14th 2016
(photo Grand Cour Ducale/ Carole Bellaiche)

It's been a special year for the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg. Not only have they just welcomed a fourth grandchild with the birth of Prince Liam of Nassau but they began the year by marking their 35th wedding anniversary. There were special photos, there was an interview, there was a chance to look back at the first big royal wedding of 1981. Here's how Henri and Maria Teresa of Luxembourg marked their milestone.

Henri, then Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg married Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista on February 14th 1981 in a glittering wedding. The couple had contracted civil marriage ten days earlier. They were one of Europe's most glamourous and romantic royal couples at the time and the new photos show just why the fascination with their love story continues.

Spelling it out in black and white - the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg look just as loved up now as they did when they said 'I do' in 1980
(photo Grand Cour Ducale/ Carole Bellaiche)

Looking happy, relaxed and confident, the royal couple smile at each other and at their audience in two colour and two black and white photos. Since their wedding they have had five children, welcomed three grandchildren and taken over the reigns of Luxembourg when Henri became Grand Duke on the abdication of his father, Jean, in 2000. Their time in charge has been a success and their happy marriage and happy family are now being celebrated on this landmark anniversary marked with landmark pictures for Valentine's Day.

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