Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Interview with Guillaume and Stéphanie: "It Is A Strength To Work As A Couple"

Photo: Kasia Wandycz / Paris Match
This week's issue of Paris Match includes an interview with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. While yours truly hasn't gotten her hands on a copy yet, Paris Match conveniently offers parts of the interview online. In the parts of the interview provided online, the couple speaks about their work and interests. Asked about his preparation for his future role as Grand Duke, the heir to Luxembourg's throne answered, "I have been fortunate enough to have been [in this role] since my childhood. Thanks to the education I received from my parents and the ongoing dialogue I have with them on all issues concerning the country. I also trained at university, studying political science in particular. Now I can say that I am in a cycle of continuing education."

While the Hereditary Grand Duchess says that while she hasn't been born into her future role, she doesn't see it as a disadvantage, "On the contrary, allowing different points of view makes us richer as a couple." About working together as a couple Stéphanie added, "We help each other a lot and regularly discuss matters together. I often accompany my husband on economic missions, a field that is more his responsibility. On the other hand, Guillaume supports me in commitments that concern me more specifically, the arts for example. It is a strength to work as a couple: two brains, twice as many ideas and time devoted to everything."

Commenting on her involvement in Luxembourg's art world, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie says, "Art and history have always interested me a lot, I am convinced that it is important to know what happened in the past and what was done before us in order to understand the present and to build the future on a solid foundation." Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume also shares in the interview that Holocaust survivor Paul Sobol and social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus are two of the people he has met in his life that have impressed him the most.

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