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Prince Louis attends funeral of Duke of Luxembourg WITHOUT Tessy

Former Princess Tessy of Luxembourg’s ex Prince Louis and their children attend funeral of Duke of Luxembourg WITHOUT her – just weeks after divorce was finalised

  • Royalty gathered for the funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg who died last month at the age of 98
  • Prince Louis and sons Gabriel, 13, and Noah, 11, were seen without Tessy, former Princess
  • Former wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg will no longer be known as Princess Tessy, after their divorce was finalised last month
  • Jean reigned for 36 years but stepped aside in 2000 in favour of his eldest son Grand Duke Henri
  • He served in the British army, taking part in the D-Day landings and then the advance into Luxembourg

European royalty including Prince Louis of of Luxembourg, his siblings Alexandra and Sebastian, and his two sons attended the funeral of Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean on Saturday.

However noticeably missing was Prince Louis’ ex wife Tessy Antony, formerly Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, 33.

Louis and Tessy, who share sons Gabriel, 13, and Noah, 11, finalised their divorce in April, resulting in her title being taken away and her reverting to Antony-de Nassau, which is her maiden name and the royal family’s surname.

Prince Louis, who is the third son of the country’s reigning monarch Grand Duke Henri, and Tessy, were only 20 when they wed, getting married six months after the birth of their eldest son Prince Gabriel of Nassau.

Prince Louis of of Luxembourg, 32, and his two sons Prince Noah, 13, and Prince Gabriel, 11, (left to right) attended the funeral of Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean on Saturday

Noticeably missing was Prince Louis’ ex wife Tessy Antony, formerly Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, 33, whose divorce was finalised last month

The couple’s fairytale marriage broke down in 2016, and they were granted a decree nisi in February last year, after a 12 years together.

Speaking about the separation for the first time last month, humanitarian Tessy told Hello! magazine said there were people who ‘made sure’ her title was taken away, but added that it was fine because ‘a title doesn’t make you who you are’.

‘A woman has her own merits, and it’s not who you marry or what name you carry, it is what you have achieved in your own right’ she said.

‘It gave me a platform – people are more charmed to listen. It is nice, but having a title was never my identity. And as far as I am concerned, every woman is royal at heart – a heroine.’ 

European royalty including Prince Louis of of Luxembourg, his sister Alexandra (seen centre) and Gabriel and Noah, put on a solemn display as they attended the funeral of the Grand Duke

rince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxemburg Princess Alexandra of Luxemburg Prince Louis of Luxemburg, Gabriel and Noah Prince Sebastian of Luxemburg leave at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Luxemburg

Prince Louis, who will now pay £8,000 a year child support, renounced his succession rights to the throne in 2006, a month after marrying Tessy – who was not born of royal blood – but to a modest family in the small town of Niederkorn. 

Louis now lives in Paris, while Tessy juggles a busy work life with raising the couple’s two children across the Channel. 

And on Saturday Louis, Gabriel and Noah put on a solemn display as they attended the funeral of the Grand Duke.

They were joined by Princess Anne, King Philippe of Belgium was joined by his wife Queen Mathilde and daughter Princess Elisabeth as several hundred people joined the royals to pay their respects for the Grand Duke who died last month at the age of 98.

Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg and Prince Louis of Luxembourg attend the funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was also present as mourners gathered in freezing rain at the Luxembourg cathedral, following the ceremony on giant TV screens.

Grand Duke Jean reigned for 36 years but stepped aside in 2000 in favour of his eldest son Henri.

Jean-Marie Cottong, 43, said she remembered him ‘for his politeness and kindness’ and for his role in the liberation of the country at the end of World War II.

The grand duke served in the British army, taking part in the D-Day landings and then the advance into Luxembourg. A traditional Scottish song was played at the funeral in homage of that past.

The grand duke was buried in the royal crypt located under Luxembourg’s cathedral, alongside his wife, Princess Josephine-Charlotte, who died in 2005, and his parents. 

Their divorce resulted in Tessy’s title being taken away and her reverting to Antony-de Nassau, which is her maiden name and the royal family’s surname (she’s pictured in May 2018)

Louis and Tessy, who share sons Gabriel, 13, and Noah, 11, finalised their divorce in April (they are pictured in 2014)

Princess Anne was in Luxembourg on Saturday for the funeral of Grand Duke Jean, who died at the age of 98 last month

King Philippe of Belgium was joined by his wife Queen Mathilde and daughter Princess Elisabeth 

Pictured: pallbearers carry the coffin of Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean towards the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the capital


The grand duke served in the British army, taking part in the D-Day landings. Princess Anne holds the honorary title of Admiral and Chief Commandant of Women in the Royal Navy

Grand Duke Jean reigned for 36 years but stepped aside in 2000 in favour of his eldest son Henri

Belgium’s former King Albert II and Queen Paola were also seen at the funeral which took place today

Mourners gathered in freezing rain at the Luxembourg cathedral, following the ceremony, pictured, on giant TV screens

Pictured: Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and other members of Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg follow the hearse during the ceremony

Flags are seen flying at half mast near the Adolphe Bridge at the centre of Luxembourg city during the funeral 

Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco is seen in traditional attire at the funeral earlier today


Pictured: Crown Princess Elisabeth, the heir apparent to the Belgian throne, at today’s funeral

Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan was joined by Princess Sarvath (left) and Princess Badiya bint Hassan


Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (left) and Princess Astrid of Norway (right) were also in attendance

Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wore matching pearl earrings and a necklace for the funeral today

Pictured: pallbearers carry the coffin of Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean towards the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the capital

Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and his wife Hereditary Princess Sophie also attended

Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa are seen following the hearse. Henri’s father stepped aside as Grand Duke for him

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, pictured, was also present for the Grand Duke’s funeral

Pictured: Queen Mathilde of Belgium and King Philippe walk arm in arm as they head into the Notre-Dame cathedral in Luxembourg

Spanish emeritus Queen Sofia clung to her umbrella as she walked alongside emeritus King Juan Carlos I

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Battel attended the ceremony in Luxembourg’s Notre-Dame cathedral

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