Monday, September 3, 2012

Stéphanie Becomes Luxembourger

Not surprisingly, Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy will take Luxembourgish citizenship the day she marries the Hereditary Grand Duke thanks to a new law. Justice minister François Biltgen filed the bill in the Chamber of Deputies today. It simply reads, "naturalisation will be granted to Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy" and will come in effect the day she marries. Thus, she will not need to take the usual path to gaining citizenship like a test about her Luxembourgish knowledge or living in the country for seven years.

Prince Félix de Bourbon de Parme, Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium and Maria Teresa Mestre also received Luxembourg citizenship by decree due to their marriages.

Source: Tageblatt, Wort


  1. I wonder why this law wasn't implemented when Maria Teresa married Henri because I thought she got hers the day she married as well.

    Good for her though.

  2. MT and JC both received citizenship by decree via their marriages. Although, if I recall correctly, JC received her citizenship slightly before the marriage.

  3. Well, that's a very decent thing to do for the young lady given recent developments. The last thing someone who is both grieving and preparing to marry under the spotlight needs to worry about is passing tests!

  4. There was never any doubt that Stephanie would receive citizenship by law because of her marriage instead of having to undergo the normal lengthy process of citizenship.

    Some people may complain about her not having to take the tests. However, expecting her to dedicate her life to a country that will demand so much of her without the gift of citizenship is a bit much.

  5. This seems to be the standard procedure for many royal families, including the Danes and the Dutch.