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RTL has accompanied Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie on their second national day together. The whole report, which is about nine minutes long, can be found on their website. As mentioned yesterday, the report includes the Hereditary Grand Duchess' first interview in Luxembourgish. Here's my translation of what she and the Hereditary Grand Duke said:
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume: It [our wedding] was a beautiful moment for us two. It was wonderful that we were able to celebrate it together with the people of Luxembourg. The enthusiasm we experienced that day was a great gift for us, it is something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie: I think the biggest difference [to the time prior to the wedding] is the change from private person to public figure. Of course I needed a little time to settle down, to discover the country and the people, to learn the language - which was a bit difficult [laughs] - but I think that becoming a Luxembourgish princess is nothing you can really learn, it is something that you have to feel in your heart. It [the process] was wonderful.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie [on firstly visiting Esch-sur-Alzette for national day last year]: Of course I was excited - excited in a way of being curious and looking forward to something - how everything would go and what would happen. I was in no way disappointed but very happy to celebrate together with the people and not to be an outside spectator. It was very nice.
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume [on how he feels about not having one of his siblings as his +1 during the visit to Esch]: It's great! [Starts laughing]
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume [about National Day]: For us it really is the most important day of the year, a day to celebrate together with the people. It's the day the whole of Luxembourg comes together. It's not only a day to have fun but also to have a look at our post and at our identity.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie: A national day is an important day for every nation and its citizens. As a Luxembourger the national day is also an important part of my life.
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume [on the changes to national day]: It's something we are curious about. I'm looking forward to it.
(Pssst, there's more to come later on as RTL will also upload the whole interview to their website.)