Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg had hardly married, or another engagement was announced in the Luxembourg grand-ducal family. On Thursday 13 December 2013 the engagement of Prince Félix of Luxembourg and his German girlfriend Claire Lademacher was officially announced. Although they had been together already for quite a while, it was still somewhat of a surprise that they got engaged. A wedding date wasn't set immediately. Claire was officially presented to the press at Colmar-Berg Castle, Luxembourg, on 27 December 2013.
The couple met when they were both attending the Swiss boarding school Beau Soleil in Villars-sur-Ollons. They both graduated in 2003. Their relationship is said to have started only years later. Occasionally they were pictured together in the past years, and some pictures appeared in the French magazine Point de Vue. Claire also attended the weddings of Archduke Imre in September and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume in October.
Claire Margareta Lademacher was born in Filderstadt, Germany, on 21 March 1985, as daughter of Hartmut and Gabriele Lademacher. Her father is a successfull businessman. She grew up in Germany and the USA. At the moment she is working on her PhD on the ethical aspects of organ donation consent and is a visiting researcher at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington DC. In 2011 she began a master study in Bioethics at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. Prince Felix is busy with the same study.
Félix and Claire, Washington 2012 (Copyright: Cour Grand-Ducale Luxembourg)
The mayor of Königstein welcomes the parents of the bride; Prince Sébastien, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg (Copyright: Gabi P.)
Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah de Nassau; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and
Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
(Copyright: Gabi P.)
The happy bride and groom arrived around 12.30pm. Outside the press and a few royaltywatchers were waiting. Their parents, brothers, sister, sisters-in-law and nephews arrived shortly afterwards. The wedding ceremony was just a short one. Despite of the rainy weather bride and groom with their families went back outside after the ceremony for a short photo session. Prince Félix and Princess Claire of course kissed, for the first time as husband and wife. The reception after the wedding was a bit longer than expected.
Bride and groom; Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg (Copyright: Gabi P.)
The bride by the way wore a white peplum dress designed by the Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau. The bridal bouquet was made by “Blumen Maiglöckchen” from Königstein, and existed of “roses platinium” and white hydrangea.
Félix and Claire (Copyright: Cour Grand-Ducale Luxembourg/Guy Wolff)
The religious wedding took place at the Sainte Marie-Madeleine basilica in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France, on 21 September 2013.