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Old 09-21-2004, 07:45 AM
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All royals have titles like that. Its kinda like the family name (i.e. Windsors, Grimaldis).
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Old 09-22-2004, 04:17 PM
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Yeah, it gets confusing cause some of them have more than 1 name (i.e. Saxe Coberg Gotha).
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Old 12-04-2004, 03:40 AM
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HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was born in Havana, Cuba, on 22 March 1956, to José Antonio Mestre and Maria Teresa Batista-Falla de Mestre.

In October 1959, at the time of the revolution, Maria Teresa Mestre left Cuba with her parents. The family settled in New York where, as a young girl, she was a pupil at Marymount School. From 1961 she carried on her studies at the Lycée Français.


In June 1965 her parents settled down for a few months on their family estate of Santander in Spain, before taking up permanent residence in Geneva. Maria Teresa Mestre first carried on her studies at the Institut Marie-José at Gstaad, then at the boarding school Marie-Thérèse in Geneva, where she successfully passed the French General Certificate of Education (baccalauréat) in June 1975.

In 1980 she graduated at the University of Geneva in political sciences. Miss Mestre met Prince Henri at this University. For four years they both carried on similar studies, working sometimes in the same study groups to which Miss Mestre reported on numerous occasions; she was for instance the author of a report on the compared legislations within the EEC, on woman's work and on motherhood.

During the same period Maria Teresa Mestre took an ever increasing interest in social and human problems, following the family tradition which had brought her grand-parents to devote themselves actively to philantropical and cultural tasks in Cuba.

Besides her studies, Miss Mestre was in Geneva a member of a group taking care of the residents of old people's homes. She also taught children in a Geneva classroom.

Spanish being her mother tongue, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa knows French thoroughly for having carried on her studies at the French School (Lycée Français) and in Switzerland. In her prime youth she learned English. After her marriage she learned Luxembourgish and she speaks also German and Italian.

In her childhood, Maria Teresa Mestre took ballet and singing tuition courses. She loves music and literature and is interested in painting. Devoted to sport, she practices skiing, ice-skating and water sports. She has two brothers and one sister, who are living in Switzerland and in the USA.

Miss Maria Teresa Mestre married Prince Henri of Luxembourg on February 14th, 1981.

They have 5 children, 4 sons and one daughter:
  • Prince Guillaume, born on November 11th, 1981
  • Prince Félix, born on June 3rd, 1984
  • Prince Louis, born on august 3rd, 1986
  • Princess Alexandra, born on February 16th, 1991
  • Prince Sébastien, born on April 16th, 1992



Since 1997, the Grand Duchess acts as a Good-Will Ambassador of UNESCO and supports in this respect specifically organisations which are active in the field of micro-credits and child protection.

The Grand Duchess is showing a strong interest in the social situation in her country, dedicating her efforts mainly to the children and families in danger, to the social integration of persons who are physically, mentally or socially handicapped and to gender related issues.

She has granted her patronage and active support notably to the Luxembourg League of Blind People, the National Nurses' Association and the Alzheimer Association of Luxembourg. She is furthermore chairing the Foundation Prince Henri-Princess Maria Teresa for the handicapped and occupying the Honorary Chair of the Foundation for Research on Aids.

She is member of the Council of Trustees of the Mentor Foundation (London) which is concentrating on the prevention of substance abuse among children and young people and which is maintaining a special relationship with World Health Organisation.

In October 1999, HRH Crown Princess Maria Teresa is named Docteur Honoris Causa to the Seton Hall University, School for diplomatics and international relations in the USA.
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Old 12-04-2004, 11:03 PM
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i still dont understand bout GD jean... I admire MT so much... i hope her kids stay as down to earth as she is
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:14 AM
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Hey what was JC before she married GD JEan??? I'm not sure but was she a Princess of BElgium???
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:35 AM
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Yes, she was a Princess of Belgium - the only daughter of the marriage of King Léopold III and Queen Astrid. She is the older sister of current King Albert II of the Belgians.
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Old 12-05-2004, 05:11 AM
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Thanks for answering my question KatieLouise ^__^

Does JC still dislike her daughters-in-law???
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Old 12-05-2004, 10:52 AM
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Childhood pictures of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

I have found some childhood pictures of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (born 22.03.1956).

1. little Maria Teresa Mestre (she's the girl on the knees:) ) with her two brothers and her sister Catalina (unfortunately I ignore the names of the brothers:( )
2. little Maria Teresa with her siblings and her father José Antonio Mestre and her mother Maria Teresa Batista-Falla de Mestre (Maria Teresa on the left is looking like Princess Alexandra!:) )
3. another picture of Maria Teresa with her younger sister Catalina
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Old 12-05-2004, 12:38 PM
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Girlfriend?? They are married. And the backbone part, are you talking about JC? If so, I think she does, she has just taken the overprotective parent thing to an extreme.
when she said girldfriend (mt) she was talking slang. SHe was not saying mt is the grand duke's girlfriend.
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Old 12-05-2004, 03:17 PM
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Her son Guillaume looks alot like her when she was younger.
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Old 12-06-2004, 07:38 PM
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Does MT speak English? I have heard that she speaks a few words of it, and that she is not fluent.
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Old 12-06-2004, 09:56 PM
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I would think MT knows English b/c she lived in New York for a few years, but its been a while. She visited the school as a royal duty thing b/c she is part of this big charity organization.
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Old 12-07-2004, 05:10 PM
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you know that this is a thread talkin about photos of Maria Teresa was young
lets keep it on topic
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Old 12-08-2004, 04:28 PM
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I don't think she ever did. But I can't be too sure about it.
She lived in NY for some time.
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Old 12-09-2004, 04:57 PM
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I saw a small home video of her when she was little... she was such a sweet kid!
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Old 12-09-2004, 10:43 PM
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i just think its magical like how many turning points in her life... like changes of location... its like fate wanted her to end up where she is...
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Old 12-10-2004, 04:48 AM
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Pictures of Maria Teresa 1981-1983

1. birthday of Prince Guillaume on 11th November 1981 (what a nice picture:) )
2. Grand Duke Henri with his new born son
3.and 4. in the garden of Château de Fischbach (Fischbach Castle) with Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte on 1.7.1982
5. and 6. 2nd anniversary of Prince Guillaume


Note: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has dark hair on these pictures! But as a child she had brown hair and in the early 90s her hair was rather blonde. So certainly she dyed her hair.


Most of these pictures are in the unpractical bmp size and so they are not shown immidiately as pictures. Excuse me!
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Wedding pictures of Henri and Maria Teresa on 14th February 1981

Although it was a cold day with grey sky and drizzle, the hearts of the audience was warmed by the view of such a wonderful wedding of Heridarity Prince Henri and his beautiful wife commoner Maria Teresa on 14th February 1981, the day of lovers.

1.and 2. beautiful bride Maria Teresa Mestre
3. a happy bridal couple in the church
4.and 6. leaving the church
5. and 7. in the Grand Ducal Palace
8. and 9. greeting the audience
10. walking under the swords
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11. a happy couple
12. signing the names
13. ready to get in the bridal car:)
14. on the balcony: (from left to right) Princess Marie Astrid, Prince Jean, the bridal couple Maria Teresa and Henri and Princess Margaretha
15. signing the names (colour picture!)


Note: I have found the beautiful wedding pictures on this forum lestribunesroyales. I want to thank the forum users Cathérine Bergeyck and pdas1201 for their pictures. I copied the wedding pictures to this thread because I think that they should be in a thread of The Grand Dukes of Luxembourg, too.:)

Here is a link to the thread I found these wonderful pictures:Hereditary Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and María Teresa Mestre y Batista: Feb 1981
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awww...what a cool real life fairy tale ^___^

does anyone know which other Royals attended the wedding???
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