Blogged By: La Tray
Source: Daily Mail / Writer Paul Milligan / Wikipedia
Media Credit: YouTube schafflergraben / YouTube 67ccristiana67
Posted: Saturday October 20, 2012 @1:30 pm. PST
One of the biggest days in Luxembourg’s not hugely-illustrious history has finally arrived.
Earlier today the wedding of Prince Guillaume, the heir to the throne – the grand duke-to-be – and Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy took place at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg.
A huge guest list of foreign royal families and dignitaries filled the church to watch the ceremony in the tiny (but very wealthy) country.
Accompanied by her father, Count Phillipe de Lannoy, the 28-year-old bride, wore an Elie Saab dress, with a four-metre (13 feet) train as walked down the aisle.
The dress featured three-quarter length sleeves and a silk tulle veil, and was also adorned with a silver floral motif.
The ceremony, which was conducted in a mixture of French and English, and featured a minute’s silence for Stephanie’s late mother Countess Alix de Lannoy, who died in August this year.
The two-day wedding celebrations cost an estimated 500,000 euros (paid by the Luxembourg taxpayer), and included free concerts, street shows and a giant fireworks display.
The guest list for the religious ceremony included kings, queens, princes and princesses from European countries including, among others, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Lichtenstein, Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania and Britain, which sent Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth’s youngest child, and his wife, Sophie.
Prince Guillaume, 30, and Stephanie de Lannoy, 28, are hugely popular in their country and were seen recently in London, enjoying the 2012 Olympics.
[Guillaume is a lieutenant colonel in the Luxembourg army (a force of 900 soldiers), and has been engaged in humanitarian work in other countries, including Nepal.
His bride plays piano and violin, swims, skis, and says she reads three books at a time.
In the language department, she already speaks French and German – two of Luxembourg’s three official languages – and, perhaps more importantly, is studying the third, which is called Luxembourgish.
She plans to renounce her Belgian citizenship in order to become, eventually, Luxembourg’s grand duchess.
Luxembourg is a linguistically complicated country, a reflection of its complicated past. It began as a Roman fortress. It has, at one time or another, fallen under the control of Spain, France and Austria.
In 1839, it gained its independence from the Netherlands, but lost more than half its territory to Belgium, which now has a province of the same name.
In the 20th century, Germany swept through Luxembourg twice despite its protestations of neutrality.
Luxembourg, an important financial centre and home to the world’s largest steel manufacturer, continues to prosper despite Europe’s economic trouble.
The country has the second-highest gross domestic product per capita in the world, more than £50,000 ($80,000) – though its population of about 510,000 people lost the Number one spot to Qatar. The capital city has 80,000 inhabitants and 120,000 jobs.
For that reason, more than 43 per cent of the people in Luxembourg are foreign nationals, compared to a European Union average of 6.4 per cent.
TO SEE WEDDING PHOTOS CLICK ON LINK: Prince Guillaume Married Countess Stephanie Wedding Photos
THE BALCONY KISS VIDEO LINK: PRINCE GUILLAUME AND COUNTESS STEPHANIE BALCONY KISS
TO READ ABOUT PRINCE GUILLAUME: PRINCE GUILLAUME WIKIPEDIA
TO READ ABOUT COUNTESS STEPHANIE: COUNTESS STEPHANIE WIKIPEDIA
According to the uploader: Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg and Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg wedding ceremony at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg. The 30-year old hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg is the last hereditary Prince in Europe to get married, marrying his 28-year old Belgian Countess bride in a lavish 2-day ceremony