Below is my translation of the second half of this week's Point de Vue article on the 40th wedding anniversary of Henri and Maria Teresa. Interestingly, they were married on 14 February 1981, the same year as Charles and Diana.
The first ten years of marriage were those of the births of the hereditary couple’s five children. "Each time, I wondered if it would be possible to love my new child as much as the previous one. And yes, of course, love does not divide, it multiplies. We had the task of not weighing down our oldest child too early with the responsibility he would have to assume. To explain to the others that their brother would have a special life and that they would be much freer." And "that they would have to work for a living,” insists the Grand Duke. “This is the first generation where they all exercise a profession outside of the Crown."
Over the next decade, Henri and Maria Teresa balanced work and family life. They made their mark. "I already had the foundation" said the Grand Duchess, "and through it I looked at the social situations of my country. I defined the causes I wanted to defend, national and international. I was one of the first in the grand ducal family to go out, to go shopping, we both go to restaurants, to the cinema, and we raised our children in this open manner by sending them to public schools.
For the Grand Duke, one thing is sure, “Luxembourgers got to know you. Your charm and empathy won everyone over. Twenty years ago, my accession as sovereign represented a considerable responsibility and the help of my spouse is essential in the accomplishments of the tasks to which I am devoted. The monarchy is a couple’s affair, the sovereign has his place, of course, but with his spouse by his side. We offer an image and a model to societies that are looking for themselves, to families that recognize themselves in us. We represent/embody the nation. Which a solitary monarch cannot do. Besides, where would be the idea of transmission, that of sustainability of the institution and through it of the country, that the arrival of new generations induces."
A vision shared by the Grand Duchess. “The population lives with the rhythm of our family. The birth of Charles, last year, created a tremendous enthusiasm, a strong bond. It allows everyone to project themselves. As the wife of the head of state, my role is to be a link between the historical necessity of the institution and its connection to the present. This is also why I know I am invested in causes such as education, violence, injustice. My trip to the prisons of Burundi, the forum Stand Speak Rise Up against rape as a weapon of war, the forum on learning difficulties, and microfinances are all struggles of which I am proud to take on. They make it possible to put forward another image of Luxembourg, which is the country that gives the most in development aid as a percentage of GDP. But everything that I have achieved has been thanks to my husband. He is my compass, he helps me a lot to find the right balance, to re-energize. He brings me his generosity every day, his immense kindness.”
The Grand Duke is not left out when it comes to his wife. “Her enthusiasm is the most extraordinary thing. She has lots of ideas, which sometimes have to be channeled. She pulls me up. I tend to be too laid back, too strict, and she shines, allows me to see and realize things that I did not think I could do.” Of course, forty years do not go by without their share of wounds and dilemmas, of misunderstandings, whether intimate or in public life. But Henri and Maria Teresa of Luxembourg have overcome it all. “We cannot bear to see each other in a state of real suffering, explains the Grand Duchess. It unites us every time; we are one. We have built ourselves together, we were 19 years old when we met.” The Grand Duke looks at his wife with infinite tenderness. "Given my status, I was overprotected, I had a few crushes, but you are the first one I ever dated, my one and only love."
His wife's eyes glowed for a moment. "We did not expressly set out to be the bride and groom of St. Valentine, as much less attention was paid to this holiday at the time, but we could not have chosen a better date. It was providential. This year, for February 14, it is possible that our children will plan a surprise. It will all depend on health restrictions.” As well as their plans to get together with their family for this special anniversary. “We will try to have a big party afterwards, to celebrate both the end of Covid and our 40 years of marriage.” Because the need for a return to normal life, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess share with their fellow citizens to whom their thoughts always bring them back. At a time when the country is 50% populated by non-Luxembourgers, the big challenge is that of integration. “We want to remain this welcoming land, and with diversity we succeed in being a model of social, economic and ecological development. We want to offer all the inhabitants of Luxembourg the happiness and harmony that we have known together.”
Ha ha ha ha so laid back and strict .... not possible.... an younger children working?
? As if ... Felix married a only daughter of a very rich man who has funded their life .... and Henri too .... Louis is not smart enough to do anything other than enrol in courses daddy paid for .... Alex and Seb went to a Mid west college in US that is a Catholic place to keep family out of of sight .... to see this peddled again is delusional.... maybe MT could go visit Cuba and see her country .... Swiss schools are about finances and not substance