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Happy birthday, Guillaume!
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Happy birthday, Guillaume!

2 min. 14.03.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg's hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume is celebrating his 30th birthday today. In an interview with DNR to mark the occasion he opened up about life as a prince.

(CS/JB) Luxembourg's hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume is celebrating his 30th birthday today. In an interview with DNR to mark the occasion he opened up about life as a prince.

As the eldest of five children, the prince has studied international politics at Brunel and Durham universities, as well as training as an officer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Following further studies at the University of Angers in literature and political sciences, the crown prince has taken on more and more responsibilities as hereditary Grand Duke.

Taking the opportunity to look back in time Guillaume said that he had a “happy childhood” and shared some fond memories of his primary school time.

In the interview with Max Lemmer the prince also shared that he has a girlfriend of one and a half years, but revealed little else about their relationship.

While the prince sees his father as a mentor, Guillaume said he hopes to find his own style when the time comes. He is already taking first steps in making a mark, for example in his concern for social business.

As honorary president of the Board of Economic Development, he has actively participated in a number of trade missions abroad and visited China as part of the Shanghai World Expo. Guillaume is also member of the Conseil d'Etat and a board member of the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse.

On top of these duties Guillaume serves as patron to Luxembourg's cycling sports federation, the Central Youth Hostel Association, National Association of Road Traffic Victims, the European Union Youth Concert Band and the Jeunesses Musicales du Luxembourg.

Clearly very proud of his country, Guillaume said there was a unique “complicity among Luxembourgers,” and also praised the great business platform Luxembourg presents, not just in finance.

Aside from his official duties, the crown prince enjoys playing tennis, cooking as well as playing the guitar. Despite being a well-known face, the prince also shared that he still can enjoy a private life, including visits to the cinema or the supermarket in Luxembourg. But no need to try and find him on Facebook, as he closed his account following his time at university.

Please find a video of the full interview in Luxembourgish on our German sister site. For a special dossier on the crown prince you can also pick up this week's edition of TELECRAN.