The line of succession to the Luxembourgish throne

baptism prince francois luxembourg© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

With the birth of a new royal baby in Luxembourg, let’s take a look at the current line of succession.

The line of succession in Luxembourg abides by absolute primogeniture and is limited to Grand Duke Henri’s descendants, his brother and his descendants and the descendants of his uncle.

The most recent change to the laws governing the line of succession took effect in 2011 when absolute primogeniture was adopted; prior to that, only men could inherit the throne.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, Prince Francois and Prince Charles. © Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

The current line of succession to inherit the Luxembourgish throne is as follows:

  1. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume
  2. Prince Charles of Luxembourg
  3. Prince Francois of Luxembourg
  4. Prince Felix of Luxembourg
  5. Princess Amalia of Nassau
  6. Prince Liam of Nassau
  7. Prince Balthasar of Nassau
  8. Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
  9. Victoire Bagory
  10. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg
  11. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
  12. Prince Paul Louis of Nassau
  13. Prince Leopold of Nassau
  14. Prince Jean Andre of Nassau
  15. Prince Robert of Luxembourg
  16. Prince Alexandre of Nassau
  17. Prince Frederik of Nassau

In 2011, Grand Duke Henri issued a decree allowing female legitimate descendants from his line to inherit the throne and granting them equal succession rights. Before that, Henri’s only daughter, Princess Alexandra, was not in the line of succession, but now she and her children are eligible to ascend the throne.

The Grand Duke’s son, Prince Louis, and his children are not in the line of succession. Louis gave up his and his children’s succession rights upon his marriage to Tessy Antony in 2006.

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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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