Prince Félix of Luxembourg turns 40

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Prince Félix of Luxembourg celebrates his 40th birthday today, and to celebrate, we are looking at his life so far.

Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume was born on 3 June 1984 as the second son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. Born during the reign of his grandfather, Grand Duke Jean, he was third in line to the throne behind his father and older brother, Guillaume. The Prince was named after his great-grandfather, Prince Félix of Bourbon-Parma.

He has one older brother, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and three younger siblings, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sebastien.

Félix was educated in Luxembourg and at the Swiss boarding school Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil, where he met his future wife. He graduated from secondary school in 2003 and enrolled at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. A knee injury forced him to leave the academy before graduating.

After his time at Sandhurst, he studied political science, psychology and communication in the UK and Belgium. Félix speaks his native Luxembourgish, English, French, German, and Italian fluently and has decent knowledge of his mother’s native tongue, Spanish. He graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bioethics from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome in 2013.

The Prince has worked in marketing and public relations and works as an independent consultant for Grand Chelem Management SA. He is known to have a soft-spoken, kind demeanour like this father.

As he is not the heir to the throne, he does not have to undertake royal duties on behalf of the Crown. Like his younger siblings, the Prince has the flexibility to undertake engagements at his leisure. When his schedule allows, he attends events like National Day and engagements related to his patronages and charities. He supports the Cercle Para Luxembourg and Federation Luxembourg Basketball as patron. Félix also serves as the president of the Lorgues Terre de Vins Association.

Prince Félix married German Claire Lademacher in September 2013 with a civil service in Germany and a religious ceremony in France. They have three children: Princess Amalia (b. 2014), Prince Liam (b. 2016) and Prince Balthasar (b. 2024).

Together, the couple runs the Château Les Crostes winery in France and co-founded the Young Empire company for children’s clothing, furniture and homeware.

Prince Félix is now fourth in the line of succession following his older brother and nephews, Princes Charles and Francois. Since 2018, he and his family have lived in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Brittani Barger
Brittani is from the United States and has been researching, writing and reporting on the royals for over a decade. Successfully gaining exclusives and interviews with royals across the globe, Brittani left her role as an editor for another news site to help bring you Royal News. She's been seen on BBC World, WION News and other news programs to discuss the royal families.

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