Recap: Prince Félix weds Claire Lademacher

This past week , Prince Félix married Claire Lademacher in a civil and a religious wedding in Germany and France, respectively. If you haven’t already, you should start following Luxarazzi‘s blog and Twitter for the latest updates on the royal families of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

17 September: Civil Wedding – Königstein im Taunus, Germany

21 September: Religious Wedding – Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France

The royal couple was married inside the Sainte Marie-Madeleine Basilica in France on Saturday.

Royal Engagement 2 in Luxembourg: Prince Félix & Claire Lademacher

Not even 2 months since the Royal Wedding in Luxembourg of HGD Prince Guillaume and his wife Stéphanie, Comtesse de Lannoy, the Grand Ducal family has been announced today, 13 Dec, that the 2nd son of Grand Duke Henri, Prince Félix is engaged to Claire Lademacher! Many were already wondering when Prince Félix would follow in his brothers’ footsteps (Guillaume’s and Félix’s younger brother, Louis, had already gotten married in 2006). I’m not sure when Félix popped the question but I wonder if it had been yesterday, 12/12/12! Or perhaps it had been earlier and I was too oblivious to know what was happening.

See more engagement photos here.

Like HGD Princess Stéphanie, ClaireLademacher is multilingual, speaking German, English, French, and Italian. Now all she has to learn is Luxembourgish, which is very close to French and German so I’m sure she will have no trouble picking it up! I’d also like to add that she’s extraordinarily educated and well-rounded. She is currently studying towards a PhD, is athletic, loves social and cultural activities, and has even taken part in a few humanitarian trips. My, my, the princes of Luxembourg are marrying rare gems! Are you feeling intimidated? Well, I am!

Congratulations to the young couple! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

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Royal Engagements count: 2

UPDATE: Royal Wedding set for 21 September 2013!

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Place visited: Luxembourg City/ Stad Lëtzebuerg (capital)
Royal Family:
Grand Duke Henri (constitutional monarchy – the world’s only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy)
Languages spoken: Luxembourgish, French, German

So say the Luxembourgers for “hello” (same as Plattdeutsch spoken in Northern Germany and other countries). But it appeared that French is more spoken in Luxembourg for I heard “bonjour” more and had to resort to speaking French (not that I’m complaining. And when stuck, I spoke English. I found it too strange to speak German unless I heard Germans speaking it).
It was funny to be addressed as “madame” as opposed to my favourite “mademoiselle”, to which I was accustomed to being addressed in France. It made me wonder if I looked married or if mademoiselle was only for little girls, as is the case for Fräulein in Germany.
The first time I was “in” Luxembourg was when we drove through it to Belgium – or from Belgium to Germany. Thus, I do not recall anything from that trip… I arrived at a busy Gare (Fr. for train station) by the Luxembourg-Express bus from Saarbrücken, Saarland. I was quite naive in thinking that Luxembourg was smaller than it really is, for I had to take a bus to the Mudam Museum (completely modern part of the city), which was actually quite a bit away (and therefore, not within walking distance). Even the Ville (“Royal” stop) was more than 3 stops away from the Gare!
Upon arriving at the Mudam, I was told that my ticket would be free since they were changing expositions. I didn’t mind; it would have cost only 3€ anyway. My favourite exposition was the modern Gothic “chapel”. It was the architecture that I found more appealing than the strange stained glass windows of intestines, skulls, and kissing. I left after an hour or so and caught the bus to Royal, and tried to find the “main Ville”. Since I couldn’t seem to find anything I wanted on my own, I decided to drop by the Tourist Office first, conveniently located near the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and the Palais Grand-Ducal (Grand Duke’s palace). With the 2 maps they gave me, I began my “2 hr walking tour” – but as you can guess (with my awful map-reading skills), it took more than 2 hours and I also skipped half the crazy loop walk under the Pont-Adolphe (Adolphe Bridge). In fact, after seeing the first attraction – Palais Grand-Ducal – it started to pour like a typhoon had hit, and I was drenched despite having an umbrella above my head. In fact, everyone had wisely taken cover whereas I walked on. It finally stopped but eventually rained now and then. I loved the view of Luxembourg, the whole city being a UNESCO site! I simply loved how the city walls and fortresses had been preserved for so long.
I can certainly see myself living in Luxembourg. After all, I would be able to speak German and French, as well as learn Lëtzebuergesch (Luxembourgish), as it is very similar to French and German. It’s a charming city filled with beautiful people!