Last weekend the daughter of the Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg, Henri and Maria Theresa, Princess Alexandra and her fiancé, 33-year-old French businessman Nicolas Bagory, became husband and wife in a modest civil ceremony at the Luxembourg City Hall. And on these the couple continued their wedding festivities in France. And this time with a scope commensurate with their status.
The bride appeared in a white gown with barely-there shoulders and pleated details at the St Trophim Church in Bormes-les-Mimosas, where journalists, fans and a crowd of onlookers had gathered since Saturday morning. Adding to the finesse of her bridal look was a long wadding of pearl and beads, a scattering of blue flowers in her hair and a Chaumet tiara with a lattice motif and diamond prongs, worn by her great-grandmother, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Josephine Charlotte. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. After the ceremony, which took place behind closed doors, the couple boarded a convertible and drove off to the congratulatory applause of the crowd. They continued their celebration in private.
Alexandra and Nicolas announced their engagement in November last year.
Alexandra is the only daughter and fourth child in the family of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Marie Therese of Luxembourg. She is currently sixth in line for the throne. She did not receive this honour until her 20th birthday – until 2011 she was excluded from the line of succession, until her father, Grand Duke Henri, accepted absolute primogeniture which meant that all his descendants, regardless of gender, could claim the throne of Luxembourg.
Alexandra is known to be actively involved in the life of the royal family, but also works as a professional linguist. According to her online biography, the princess speaks four languages fluently, including Luxembourgian, English, French and Spanish. She also speaks German and Italian. Throughout her studies in the US, France and Ireland, the Luxembourg royal has taken a keen interest in international relations and conflicts. She even interned at the United Nations in New York when Luxembourg was one of its non-permanent members. She dedicates her time to voluntary work in refugee associations and enjoys sport, being a keen skier, dancer and tennis player.
As for Nicolas Bagory, he grew up in Brittany, a region in north-west France. Now Nicolas works on social and cultural projects in Paris, where he lives.