by Scott Mehl
Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg was born February 16, 1991 at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg. She is the fourth child and only daughter of Grand Duke Henri and Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla.
Following primary school in Angelsberg, near the family’s home at Fischbach Castle, Alexandra attended the Lycée Vauban in Luxembourg City where she graduated with honors in 2009. After studying psychology and social sciences at Franciscan College of Steubenville, in Ohio, Alexandra moved to a school in Paris where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy. As of 2017, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in conflict resolution, in Dublin.
Until 2011, Luxembourg followed Semi-Salic law in regards to succession to the throne. This meant that females could only inherit the throne in the absence of any other male descendants. However, Grand Duke Henri issued a decree on June 20, 2011, establishing absolute primogeniture beginning with his descendants, and Alexandra became third in the line of succession. She is currently fourth in line, following the birth of her niece, Princess Amalia of Nassau (daughter of Alexandra’s elder brother Félix).
While her primary focus is her studies, Princess Alexandra is often in attendance at important events in Luxembourg, such as National Day, as well as family functions. She is godmother to her niece, Princess Amalia of Nassau, and her nephew, Prince Gabriel of Nassau (son of Alexandra’s brother Louis).
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