His Royal Highness Crown Prince Henri of Luxembourg, the eldest son of the Grand Duke Jean and the Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Luxembourg, was born on 16 April 1955 at the Château de Betzdorf.
Besides Luxemburgish, the Grand Duke speaks French, English and German. He attended secondary school first in Luxembourg, and later in France where he passed the baccalaureate (1974). In 1975, Prince Henri successfully obtained a Staff College Certificate at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst (UK). He then studied economics and political science at the University of Geneva where He graduated in 1980 with an Honours degree (Licence ès sciences politiques).
His Royal Highness has been conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, (USA) as well as an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio (USA). He is also an Honorary Doctor of Economics of Khon Kaen University, (Thailand) and Doctor rer. pol. h.c. of the University of Trier (Germany).
His present rank in the Luxembourg Army is that of Colonel, and in 1989 He was appointed Honorary Major of the Parachute Regiment (UK).
On 14 February 1981 the Prince married Miss Maria Teresa Mestre who also graduated from Geneva University in 1980 with an Honours degree in political science (Licence ès sciences politiques).
They have four sons and 1 daughter :
- Prince Guillaume, born on 11 November 1981
- Prince Félix, born on 03 June 1984
- Prince Louis, born on 03 August 1986
- Princess Alexandra, born on 16 February 1991
- Prince Sebastien, born on 16 April 1992.
While continuing His higher education His studies took Him to other countries, both in Europe and overseas. In 1978 and in 1979 He visited the United States as a trainee in order to gain practical experience and to complete His studies.
As Honorary Chairman of the "Board of Economic Development", set up in 1977, Prince Henri has visited numerous countries all over the world to promote the Grand Duchy as a center for industrial investment.
He was Member of the "State Council" (Conseil d'Etat) from 1980 to 1998 and in connection with this nomination He became familiar with the legislative branch of Luxembourg's Parliamentary system. Since the Nagano Session of February 1998, He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee.
He is also President of the Organizing Committee (Comité de Patronage) of the International Trade Fairs of Luxembourg and Chairman of the above-mentioned Board of Economic Development.
His Royal Highness is an active member of the Mentor Foundation which was recently created under the patronage of the World Health Organisation. The aim of the Foundation is to prevent substance abuse among young people.
On the 4th of March 1998, He was appointed according to article 42 of the Constitution "Lieutenant-Representative" by His father, the Grand Duke.
The Grand Duke is very much concerned about nature and its preservation as well in Luxembourg as abroad. He is Chairman of the Galapagos Darwin Trust Luxembourg and member of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands.
He spends most of His leisure time reading or listening to classical music. His favourite sports are skiing, swimming, water-skiing, sailing, tennis and hunting.
The 7th of octobre 2000, H.R.H. the Royal highness Henri became Grand Duke of Luxembourg, succeeding to his father, the Grand Duke Jean.