HRH Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Grand Duke Henri was born on 16 April 1955 at the Château de Betzdorf. He acceded to the throne on 7th October 2000 following the abdication of his father, Grand Duke Jean.
He studied economics and political science at the University of Geneva where he graduated in 1980 and obtained a Staff College Certificate at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst (UK).
On 14 February 1981 HRH married Miss María Teresa Mestre who also graduated from Geneva University. They have four sons and one daughter.
Over the years he took on a number of official commitments particularly as patron of several sports federations and cultural associations. Since the Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998, HRH has been a member of the International Olympic Committee. The Grand Duke is very much concerned about nature and its preservation in Luxembourg as well as abroad. He is a member of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands.
"Being a father of five, it was for me only natural to engage myself in this organization in order to help fight this plague of the 20th century."