Grand Duke Henri and his youngest son Prince Sébastien both celebrate their birthdays on Thursday, 16 April 2020.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Photo: © Cour Grand-Ducale

Grand Duke Henri Celebrates 65th Birthday

Grand Duke Henri, the eldest son of Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, was born on 16 April 1955 at the Château de Betzdorf.

He attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1974, after completing his baccalaureate, and was appointed Commissioned Officer (UK) in 1975, then as Honorary Major of the Royal Parachute Regiment (UK) in 1989.

As Luxembourg’s Head of State, Grand Duke Henri holds the rank of General in the Armed Forces.

Henri has been the Grand Duke of Luxembourg since 7 October 2000, following his father, Grand Duke Jean’s abdication.

He met Maria Teresa Mestre whilst studying at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

They married on 14 February 1981 and have four sons and a daughter: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien.

Grand Duke now has four grandchildren, Gabriel and Noah (Prince Louis’s two sons) and Amalia and Liam (Prince Félix and Princess Claire’s two children).

Prince Sébastien Turns 28

Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume was born at the Maternité Grande Duchesse Charlotte in Luxembourg on 16 April 1992.

Prince Sebastian. Photo: © Cour grand-ducale/Lola Velasco

He spent his primary school years at St George’s International School, before attending Sunningdale School and Ampleforth College in the United Kingdom and finished his high school years with an International Baccalaureate at the International School of Luxembourg.

Prince Sébastien then studied at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, USA, and graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communication.

He followed in his father and older brother, the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s footsteps by completing officer training at Sandhurst in 2016 to 2017.

Prince Sébastien has commanded a platoon of Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army – the same one which his grandfather Grand Duke Jean served during World War II.

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