He spoke in French. The Grand Ducal Court provided an English translation.
My dear Stéphanie,
My dear Guillaume,
On this, the evening of your
wedding, we, your parents, would like to say how happy and proud we are that you
are embarking on this journey together through life.
We have seen your
love blossom for more than two years now. It has grown over time into this
couple beaming with happiness, whom we have the pleasure of seeing before us
today. You have travelled this path together. Therefore, you know that marriage
is a union, a commitment which is renewed each day. It is aharbinger of
continuity which will lead our cherished country towards a future that we
fervently hope will be prosperous and peaceful.
We welcome you on this day with overwhelming joy. We know
that, through your sensitivity, your intelligence and your devotion, you will
bring great happiness to our son. The fact that you have already endured the
most difficult of ordeals, notably the sudden passing of your beloved mother,
has shown us that you are capable of strength and courage in the face of
Alix, for those of us fortunate enough to have known her, will
always remain an exceptional person. From heaven above, she will watch over you,
so that you, too, will be a united and exemplary couple, as were Alix and
Philippe. May their example guide you throughout your lives.
At the time
of your engagement and your presentation to the national authorities, the
Luxembourg people immediately adopted you as their future Princess. Your
radiance, your beliefs and your tenderness make you the perfect person to assist
and support Guillaume throughout his life. We love you and are happy and
grateful that you have chosen our son.
We would like to thank your dear
parents for the unconditional support that they showed during the blossoming of
your love. Alix, your dear mother, shall remain in our hearts, especially during
these celebrations. Your father Philippe is giving the hand of his final
daughter, his youngest child, in marriage. We can imagine how he must
The union between our two families, with well-established
traditions, based on Christian values, passed on to their children, is also a
pledge of strength for our young couple.
My dear Guillaume,
Stéphanie and for you, now begins the grand and wonderful adventure of marriage.
We have watched you grow up to become a responsible individual, resolutely
committed to the service of others and, in particular, to those who are
suffering. Your great ability to interact with others allows you to perform your
duties with intelligence and ease. The trade missions which you lead with such
skill are indispensable to the promotion of our country worldwide, particularly
in the challenging situation in which we currently find ourselves.
wife shall be, as your mother is for me, steadfast in her support of the
difficult but oh so rewarding tasks which await you. Yes, my dear Guillaume, we
are proud of you, you are a man of duty and your guiding principle is the common
good. We have every confidence in your judgement, but remember too that we shall
always be there to support you and help you if you so desire.
Your Royal Highnesses,
family and friends,
We would like to thank you, our guests, some of whom
have travelled a great distance to attend the marriage of Stéphanie and
Guillaume. We are honoured by your presence. Tomorrow you shall bear witness to
this new union which, we all hope, will be happy and prosperous. With this, I
invite you to raise your glasses and drink to the health and happiness of our
Long live the happy couple, long live Luxembourg!