On a beautiful autumnal day, at a unique venue, thousands of people were witness to a fairytale wedding in Luxembourg as the Grand Duke's oldest son wed his lady love.
On 20 October 2012, the first born son of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Prince Guillaume, married Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy at the Notre Dame Cathedral in the presence of 1,400 guests.
Some of the greatest highlights included: The bride's dress which was made with a total of 50,000 pearls, the couple's kiss on the balcony of the Palais de Luxembourg in the city, as well as the firework show display in Pfaffenthal to celebrate the newly weds.
Even after 10 years, the couple vividly remembers their special day. The Hereditary Grand Duchess explicitly recalls the moment their civil marriage took place in the city, the day before the church ceremony.
"To our surprise there were a lot of schoolchildren present, handing out drawings that they did for us. They even had presents and sung songs for us! We spent almost an hour with them, which wasn't planned at all, but it was a beautiful moment."
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume also remembers the day as if it was almost yesterday.
"The moment we said 'yes' to each other, there was a huge round of applause in the church, followed by people clapping outside since there was a small delay between reality and the televised event. It truly was one of my favourite memories: The realisation that we were in front of the altar together, sharing that important moment in our lives with all these people out there."
We also didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to talk to the couple about their thoughts on their roles in the monarchy:
"We live in complicated times, where you get the impression that we go from one crisis to another and you see how much suffering is happening in communities... It is up to us, to be as close to people as we can in times like these."
The Palace published new images of the couple on Wednesday to mark their ten-year anniversary.
The couple has since long been involved in helping the Luxembourgish youth, creating projects such as "De Mains de Maîtres“, which supports craftspeople in finding opportunities to share their work with the public. Not only the younger generation, but also the older generation has also been shown support. During the pandemic, the couple gave visits to retirement homes where, together with prince Charles, they spent lovely afternoons with the elderly.
Answering to the question on how the Hereditary Grand Duchess feels after 10 years in this country, she answers with a smile.
"I feel at home here. I immediately felt welcomed, which in turn motivated me to learn Luxembourgish. I also met a lot of people and made many visits. With Charles we get to discover new things and new playgrounds all around the country. "