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Old 01-17-2019, 02:55 PM
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The Palace of Luxembourg released a statement about the absence of the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa from the funeral of Count Philippe de Lannoy and mention that the Grand Duchess she is very close with the HGD Stephanie and she has with her thoughts and affection throughout the day.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsvurbfFSPM/
They must have felt they had something to explain. If you need to write about how close you are to someone that's always a bit suspect. That should show...
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:10 PM
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The Cour posted a lovely photo of Count Philippe de Lannoy and Countess Alix.

http://www.monarchie.lu/pictures/pho...-de-Lannoy.jpg

Funérailles du Comte Philippe de Lannoy - Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg - Janvier 2019
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:51 PM
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I think Countess Alix was already ill when Stephanie and Guillaume celebrated their engagement.
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:20 PM
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They must have felt they had something to explain. If you need to write about how close you are to someone that's always a bit suspect. That should show...
Maybe I missed something but did they give a reason as to the absence of the Grand Duchess?
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:31 PM
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She had an official event at the Insitut de France in Paris with the wife of the French president. She assisted in the handing out of the awards Fondation Stéphane Bern pour l’Histoire et le Patrimoine-Institut de France. The Grand Duchess did chose to wear a black outfit, probably not by coincidence.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:44 PM
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Exactly...I don't think it is really that remarkable that MT didn't attend.Stephanie was well supported.
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They must have felt they had something to explain. If you need to write about how close you are to someone that's always a bit suspect. That should show...
That’s a bit cynical.
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They must have felt they had something to explain. If you need to write about how close you are to someone that's always a bit suspect. That should show...
I suspect MT simply wanted to show some public support to her daughter in law after missing the funeral due to having an official engagement.
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:45 PM
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I can't Believe how Prince Guillaume has changed physically…. of course no beard and glasses must change someone's look !
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:15 PM
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By PRINCE Guillaume do you mean HGD Guillaume? Because Prince Guillaume is the uncle of the HGD Guillaume and he was there as well.
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The Grand Duchess was seen at the Cocktail afer the Event at the Institut de France with Princess Beatrice of Bourbon S. She seemed to be very happy and proud to be there with Madame Macron. Stephane Bern is a Journalist not more .
Her place was at Anvaing. Hed Grand Duchess Sephanie was really the most devasted of all the de Lannoy Children..

Her Mother had 8 Chldren her brothers and Sister has many Children. And She, who has to give a Heir to Luxembourg, is not pregnant yet. That is terrible !
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It's nice to see Queen Mathilde attending the funeral, too. Does she have any familial connections to the de Lannoy family? I'm sure I read somewhere that she is a distant cousin of Stephanie though a more knowledgable TRF member on the Benelux nobility can correct me on that!
My condolences to the family and friends.
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Mathilde is a longtime friend of the family, pre-dating Stephanie's engagement to Guillaume. One of Stephanie's sisters was a witness at the Mathilde/Philippe wedding.

Mathilde along with the late Queen Fabiola, also attended the funeral of Countess Alix de Lannoy.
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Mathilde is a longtime friend of the family, pre-dating Stephanie's engagement to Guillaume. One of Stephanie's sisters was a witness at the Mathilde/Philippe wedding.

Mathilde along with the late Queen Fabiola, also attended the funeral of Countess Alix de Lannoy.
Thanks Moonmaiden. Knew there was a connection somewhere!
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The Grand Duchess was seen at the Cocktail afer the Event at the Institut de France with Princess Beatrice of Bourbon S. She seemed to be very happy and proud to be there with Madame Macron. Stephane Bern is a Journalist not more .
Her place was at Anvaing. Hed Grand Duchess Sephanie was really the most devasted of all the de Lannoy Children..

Her Mother had 8 Chldren her brothers and Sister has many Children. And She, who has to give a Heir to Luxembourg, is not pregnant yet. That is terrible !

I agree with you. Maria Teresa should have been at the funeral. It looks unbecoming that she did not attend. Regarding Stephanie, it is ironic that her mother was so fertile as are her many siblings, yet we are 6 years into the royal marriage and no baby. The court of Luxembourg of course says nothing. What can they say? I feel really sorry for Stephanie. Her parents must have been very proud that she married a royal heir, yet, the mother unexpectantly died before the wedding and the father dies before she is able to produce an heir. Her mother would have been so proud to see Stephanie walk down the aisle with a prince and her father equally proud to further consolidate the noble Lannoy family with the birth of a princely heir. Now nothing. On top of the pain of losing her father, it must weigh heavily on Stephanie that she was not able to give her father that desired grandson. It's heartbreaking to see her in the photographs. She looks as if she is the very personification of pain and hurt.
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I can't Believe how Prince Guillaume has changed physically…. of course no beard and glasses must change someone's look !

You are absolutely right. Guillaume has changed so much. He has aged dramatically.
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we don't know for sure the reasons of guillaume and stephanie not having a baby. she is 34 so it is not that she is old to have children.
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You are absolutely right. Guillaume has changed so much. He has aged dramatically.
I think that both Williams, the ones in Britain and Luxembourg, look aged beyond their years! They were born 7 months apart and are in their mid-30's.

But they could both be a decade older.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:39 PM
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That’s a bit cynical.
Yes, it was because imo the instagram post was 'over the top'. I don't think that the GD's absence tells us anything about their relationship but the instagram post telling how close they are (including a picture whithout any interaction between the pair) to me has the oppossite effect. It seems fake. A simpler statement that the GD was sorry to miss the HGD's father funeral due to a previous foreign engagement would have been sufficient and in my eyes would have looked more sincere.
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Old 01-18-2019, 04:43 PM
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The GD never has any "interaction" in her photos with her daughters-in-law...never.

With her husband,absolutely. With her children? Occasionally. With her grand-children and her pets? Yes.
Yet MT has waxed poetic about her daughters in law in print...Stephanie for her dignity and courage under immense pressure, Claire for her sense of humor, and even the disgraced Tessy for being a commoner and adapting to Royal life.

As for Stephanie? She is one of the most formal-some say stiff- young women on the Royal scene, if not the most of all.

If someone can find a photo of her embracing her in-laws, ANY of them- I'd be grateful.
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