Sunday, October 21, 2012

Luxembourg celebrates royal wedding of Prince Guillaume and Stephanie de Lannoy

Stephanie plans to renounce her Belgian citizenship in order to - one day - become Luxembourg's grand duchess. The tiny country wedged between France, Belgium and Germany is an important financial center and continues to prosper despite Europe's economic trouble.

She will eventually become the nation’s grand duchess and reportedly speaks three languages, plays violin and piano, loves to cook and is an avid reader. The Crown Prince is a lieutenant colonel in the Luxembourg army.
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Luxembourg 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. Germany overran Luxembourg twice in the 20th century despite its protests of neutrality.

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The newlyweds seem to be happy with each other.
After watching the ceremony on a big-screen on a public square near the cathedral, royal-gazing fans sensed the joy and historical importance.
"It was a really big moment - a really beautiful moment," said Claudine Als, . "It is a historic day for Luxembourg, the country shines throughout the world."
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