Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy
Finally the "curse" have been lifted for future European crown heads marrying commoners. The Ducal palace of Luxembourg announced last April 27, 2012, the official engagement of Prince Guillaume, eldest son and successor of Grand duke Henri, to Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, the very pretty and well-educated granddaughter of Princess Beatrice of Ligne in Belgium.
The Prince and the Countess have been dating for almost two years and the announcement of their upcoming wedding, which will happen on the 20th of October, 2012, gave much relief to my annoyance towards non-aristocrats joining the royalty.
Countess Stephanie is 28 years old and an accomplished linguist. She earned her languages degree at the University of Lovaina and had a master's degree. She also spent a year in Russia studying its literary heritage and very fluent in German, English, French, Dutch and Russian.