|Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duchess Stephanie |
shortly before their civil wedding.
The entire Luxembourg is beaming with joy as the country’s heir apparent Grand Duke Guillaume, Europe’s last bachelor heir, ties the knot with Belgian aristocrat Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The entire Luxembourg royal family was with the grand duke, 30, as he exchanged his vows with Countess Sophie, 28.
The newly minted Grand Duchess Stephanie is elegant in her cream Chanel, high-collared jacket and skirt as she and the grand duke waved to cheering crowd as they enter the Hotel de Ville.
Meanwhile, the groom’s mother, Cuban-born Grand Duchess Marie Teresa, was glittering in the gold Elie Saab couture.
The wedding was officiated by Luxembourg’s city mayor, Xavier Bettel, who was very honored to have united the couple.
Mayor Bettel added that he hoped the couple will enjoy "happiness and prosperity" in their marriage. He then went on to addressing their national responsibility, calling them "symbols of hope for the future generations of Luxembourg."
The mayor then spoke directly to Stephanie saying that on behalf of all Luxembourgers they were sorry her mother Countess Alix, who tragically died last August and was not able to join her on this special day.
Setting off on foot to the Grand Ducal Palace, the couple took over an hour to complete the 500-metre journey due to the volume of enthusiastic onlookers.