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1955: Henri of Luxembourg – The Only Reigning Grand Duke in the World

1955: Henri of Luxembourg – The Only Reigning Grand Duke in the World
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ Henri (far left) with his parents and siblings, 1963

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  • Historical event:
  • 16 April 1955
  • The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg had the highest nominal GDP per capita among all world`s countries in 2013. The Grand Duke Henri is a direct descendant of the famous French king Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Henri of Bourbon-Parma, the reigning Grand Duke of Luxembourg, was born on this day in 1955.

Luxembourg is the only country in the world, which is established as a Grand Duchy, so Henri is the only reigning Grand Duke in the world (earlier, Tuscany was also an independent Grand Duchy).

Henri`s title of Grand Duke is written “grand-duc“ in French, “Großherzog“ in German, and “Groussherzog” in Luxembourgish, which is also the official language of the country.

Prince Henri of Luxembourg during the inthronisatioun ceremony of his father, the Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, 12. Nov. 1964 (Author: Nijs, Jac. de / Anefo Auteursrechthebbende: Nationaal Archief, CC-BY-SA. Source: gahetna.nl)
Prince Henri of Luxembourg during the inthronisatioun ceremony of his father, the Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, 12. Nov. 1964 (Author: Nijs, Jac. de / Anefo Auteursrechthebbende: Nationaal Archief, CC-BY-SA. Source: gahetna.nl)

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has an area of 2,586.4 square kilometers. According to the IMF`s reports, Luxembourg had the highest nominal GDP per capita among all world` s countries in 2013.

Henri is a member of the Bourbon-Parma dynasty, like former French kings. In fact, Henri is a direct descendant of the famous French king Louis XIV (the Sun King). Henri is also a descendant of Napoleon’s wife Josephine through the maternal line.

It is interesting to note that Henri married a Cuban woman – Maria Teresa. She was was born in Havana (Cuba) in 1956. Her rich family moved to the United States after Fidel Castro assumed power in 1959.

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