The Grand Ducal Family

H.R.H. Prince Félix

Born on

03 June 1984

at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in Luxembourg

Portrait du Prince Félix

© Maison du Grand-Duc / Sophie Margue

Biography

His Royal Highness Prince Félix was born on 3 June 1984 at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume, Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Bourbon-Parma, is the second child of Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg. His brothers and sister are:

Named after his great-grandfather Prince Félix of Bourbon-Parma, Prince Félix of Luxembourg is the third in the order of succession to the throne.

Le Prince Félix bébé
© Photographic collections / Maison grand-ducale de Luxembourg

In December 2012, the Office of the Marshal of the Court announced the engagement of Prince Félix and Claire Lademacher. Their wedding took place on 21 September 2013 at the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine de Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume in France. By marriage, Claire Lademacher holds the title of Her Royal Highness Princess Claire of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau.

© Cour grand-ducale / Guy Wolff
Portrait of Prince Félix and Princess Claire on their wedding day
Le Prince Félix et la Princesse Claire à Washington DC

More about H.R.H. Princess Claire

© Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco
Baptism of H.R.H. Prince Liam

Prince Félix and Princess Claire are parents to a girl and a boy: Princess Amalia Gabriela Maria Teresa, born on 15 June 2014 at the Maternité Grande-Duchesse Charlotte in Luxembourg, and Prince Liam Henri Hartmut, born on 28 November 2016 at the Clinique Générale-Beaulieu in Geneva.

Baptism of H.R.H. Princess Amalia © 2014 Cour grand-ducale / Guy Wolff

Baptism of H.R.H. Princess Amalia

Baptism of H.R.H. Prince Liam © Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco

Baptism of H.R.H. Prince Liam

 

Education and work

After completing his primary school in Lorentzweiler, Prince Félix continued his secondary school studies at the private school Notre-Dame Sainte-Sophie de Luxembourg, then at the American School of Luxembourg. In 1998, he joined the Swiss boarding school Collège Alpin Beau Soleil in Villars-sur-Ollon, where he met his future wife, Claire Lademacher. In 2003, he graduated with honours from secondary school. He then joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom, but had to quit for health reasons before graduating.

Afterwards, Prince Félix completed a number of internships in various companies. From 2005 to 2009, he worked at the marketing and public relations department of a Swiss company specialising in the organisation of sporting and cultural events.

Young Prince Félix at school © Photographic collections / Cour grand-ducale

Young Prince Félix at school

Prince Félix on a humanitarian mission in 2002 © Cour grand-ducale

Prince Félix on a humanitarian mission in 2002

Prince Félix and Princess Alexandra with Raphaël Stacchiotti © Guy Wolff

Prince Félix and Princess Alexandra in conversation with swimmer Raphaël Stacchiotti

 

The Prince then decided to resume his studies. He first took intensive Italian language courses in Milan before enrolling in a Bachelor’s degree and completing a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the University Regina Apostolorum in Rome in 2013.

With his wife, Princess Claire, he has been managing the Château Les Crostes wine estate in Lorgues in the South of France since October 2013. In 2016, Prince Félix also became the president of the Lorgues Terre de Vins association, a group of twelve winegrowers from Lorgues, who promote their town in the Provence as an attractive tourist and wine destination. With a couple of friends, Prince Félix and Princess Claire created the 'Young Empire’ company in 2016, a clothing, furniture and homeware brand for children. As an entrepreneur himself, Prince Félix closely monitors the progress of several start-ups, offering advice as well as investing in those that he finds most promising.

In addition to Luxembourgish, Prince Félix is fluent in French, English, German and Italian. He has some basic knowledge of Spanish.

© Photographic collections / Maison grand-ducale de Luxembourg
Prince Félix and Princess Claire

Official activities

Prince Félix regularly takes part in the activities of the Grand Ducal Family. When his schedule permits, the Prince attends ceremonies or official activities such as the National Day or the last day of the Octave. He can represent his brother, the Crown Prince, at events if the latter is unable to participate. Prince Félix thus attended the graduation ceremony of the presentation of the Diplômes de Maîtrise and the Diplômes de la Promotion du Travail of the Chambre des Métiers (Chamber of Trades) or the presentation of the Certificats de la Promotion du Travail of the Chambre de Commerce (Chamber of Commerce) in 2020.

Occasionally, he and his wife participate in other activities, such as visiting the International Bazaar of the Luxembourg Red Cross.

© Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Prince Félix and Princess Claire at the 72nd Bazaar of the Luxembourg Red Cross

Prince Félix has accepted the High Patronage of the parachutist sports association Cercle Para Luxembourg/Fédération aéronautique luxembourgeoise (FAL) in 2003.

As a keen basketball fan, he also holds the permanent High Patronage of the Luxembourg Basketball Federation (FLBB, Fédération luxembourgeoise de Basket Ball) since 2005 and he likes to attend basketball matches in Luxembourg on a regular basis.

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Prince Félix attends the basketball semi-finals of the Luxembourg Cup/Ladies Cup in February 2020

A winemaker himself, Prince Félix is eager to support the know-how of Luxembourg’s winegrowers and occasionally participates in events. For instance, Prince Félix attended the celebration the 50th anniversary of the Vinsmoselle wine cooperative in 2016. In 2018, he was present at the 'Hunnefeier’ in Schengen, a tradition celebrating the end of the grape harvest.

The Prince holds the rank of Knight of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau.

© Uli Fielitz
Prince Félix at the 11th edition of the new 'Hunnefeier'

Interests and hobbies

During his youth, Prince Félix was a member of the Scouts.

For five consecutive years, Prince Félix had received the title of 'best athlete’ at the Collège Alpin Beau Soleil. He regularly plays tennis and golf and is a keen skydiver, kite surfer and water skier. As a fan of winter sports since his childhood, the Prince has reached a remarkable level in skiing.

After having lived in Rome and Geneva, Prince Félix moved to Frankfurt with his family in 2018.

Le Prince Félix lors d'un saut en tandem à l'aérodrome de Noetrange
© José Ribeiro

Prince Félix during a tandem jump at the Noetrange airfield

Pictures of Prince Félix

Baptism of Prince Félix in 1984 © Private collection

Baptism of Prince Félix in 1984

Prince Félix during a tandem jump at the Noertrange airfield © CPL

Prince Félix during a tandem jump at the Noertrange airfield

Prince Félix and Princess Claire in 2012 © Private collection

Prince Félix and Princess Claire in 2012

Prince Félix and Princess Claire in Florence in 2010 © Private collection

Prince Félix and Princess Claire in Florence in 2010

Prince Félix and Princess Claire after the birth of Princess Amalia © Private collection

Prince Félix and Princess Claire after the birth of Princess Amalia

Prince Félix and Princess Claire at a charity gala © Mathieu BUZZANCA

Prince Félix and Princess Claire at a charity gala

Prince Félix and Princess Claire © Private collection

Prince Félix and Princess Claire

 

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