|María Teresa Mestre y Batista|
|Grand Duchess of Luxembourg|
|Tenure||7 October 2000 – present|
|Born||María Teresa Mestre y Batista|
22 March 1956
Marianao, Havana, Cuba
Henri, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (m. 1981)
|Father||José Antonio Mestre y Álvarez|
|Mother||María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre|
Maria Teresa (born María Teresa Mestre y Batista on 22 March 1956) is the spouse of Grand Duke Henri.
Early life and education
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Maria Teresa was born in 22 March 1956 in Marianao, Havana, Cuba, to José Antonio Mestre y Álvarez (Vedado, Havana, 1926–1993) and wife (m. Vedado, Havana, 1951) María Teresa Batista y Falla de Mestre (Vedado, Havana, 1928–1988), both from bourgeois families of Spanish descent.
The Mestre family have as their patriarch Arnau Mestre, born Landorthe, who married in 1625 in San Pedro de Ribas (Sant Pere de Ribes). One of his descendants, Francisco Mestre y Roig Benaprés (born in 1787 in Sitges) travelled to Cuba in 1830 where he married Josefa Dominguez y Morales (born in 1764, daughter of Andres Domínguez Bencomo and Manuela Morales Ponce de León), being the founder of the Mestre family in Cuba. The Grand Duchess also descends through her father from the Spanish Espinosa de los Monteros noble family.
Her maternal grandparents were Don Agustín Batista y González de Mendoza (Batista family member with possessions in the town of Puerto de Santa María del Príncipe and no family relationship with Fulgencio Batista), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Trust Company of Cuba and Doña María Teresa Falla Bonet, daughter of the Spanish tycoon Laureano Falla Gutierrez, a millionaire businessman whose fortune was made up of several sugar mills, two banks (one of which is The Trust Company of Cuba), and other goods, which were confiscated by the government of the Revolution.
In October 1959, at the time of the Cuban Revolution, Maria Teresa Mestre left Cuba with her parents, because the new government headed by Fidel Castro confiscated her family properties. The family settled in New York City, where, as a young girl, she was a pupil at Marymount School. From 1961 she carried on her studies at the Lycée Français de New York. In her childhood, Maria Teresa Mestre took ballet and singing courses. She practices skiing, ice-skating and water sports. She has lived in Santander, Spain, and Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1980 she graduated from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva with a degree in political sciences.
Social and humanitarian interests
Soon after her marriage, Maria Teresa and the then Hereditary Grand Duke Henri established The Prince Henri and Princess Maria Teresa Foundation to help those with special needs integrate fully into society. In 2001, she and her husband created The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Foundation, launched upon the accession of the couple as the new Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg. In 2004, the Grand Duke Henri and the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Foundation was created after the merging of the two previous foundations.
Since 2005, Maria Teresa has been the chairwoman of the international jury of the European Microfinance Award, which annually awards holders of microfinance and inclusive finance initiatives in developing countries. Also, since 2006, Maria Teresa has been honorary president of the LuxFLAG (Luxembourg Fund Labeling Agency), the first agency to label responsible microfinance investment funds around the world.
She is a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee. She is also the president of the Luxembourg Red Cross and the Cancer Foundation. In 2016, she organized the first international forum on learning disabilities in Luxembourg.
In October 2016, Maria Teresa accepted an invitation to join the eminent international Council of Patrons of the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The university, which is the product of east-west foundational partnerships (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Open Society Foundation, IKEA Foundation, etc.) and regional cooperation, serves extraordinarily talented women from 15 countries across Asia and the Middle East.
In 2019, Maria Teresa presented her initiative "Stand Speak Rise Up!" to end sexual violence in fragile environments, launched in cooperation with the Women’s Forum and with the support of the Luxembourg government. The conference is in partnership with the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation and We Are Not Weapons of War.
Maria Teresa Mestre married Prince Henri of Luxembourg in a civil ceremony on 4 February 1981 and a religious ceremony on 14 February 1981. The consent of the Grand Duke had been previously given on 7 November 1980. She received a bouquet of red roses as a wedding gift from the then Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The couple have five children and four grandchildren:
- The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (Guillaume Jean Joseph Marie), born 11 November 1981, married Belgian Stéphanie, The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg on 20 October 2012 in Luxembourg.
- Prince Félix Léopold Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born 3 June 1984, married German Claire Margareta Lademacher on 17 (the civil wedding, which took place in Königstein im Taunus, Germany) and 23 (the religious wedding, which took place in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France) September 2013.
- Prince Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born 3 August 1986, who married Tessy Antony on 29 September 2006 in Gilsdorf, Luxembourg. The couple has two sons:
- Prince Gabriel Michael Louis Ronny of Nassau, born 12 March 2006
- Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier of Nassau, born 21 September 2007
- Princess Alexandra Joséphine Teresa Charlotte Marie Wilhelmine of Luxembourg, born 16 February 1991
- Prince Sébastien Henri Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg, born 16 April 1992
Titles, styles, and honours
spouse of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg
|Reference style||Her Royal Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Royal Highness|
Titles and styles
- 14 February 1981 - 7 October 2000: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
- 7 October 2000 - Present: Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
- Grand Star of the Order of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
- Grand Cross of the Order of National Merit
- "Ancestry of Maria Teresa Mestre, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg". www.wargs.com. Retrieved 2020-02-05.
- "Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg". Unofficial Royalty. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "Charity Spotlight: Foundation of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg". royalcentral.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "La Grande-Duchesse" [The Grand Duchess]. Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg (in French). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "HRH Grand Duchess of Luxembourg becomes Eminent Advocate for Children". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children visits AIDS projects in São Paulo". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Summer camp aims to help children in China affected by AIDS". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg visits Burundi". UNICEF. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Honorary Board". IPC.
- "Her Royal Highness Joins the Asian University for Women Council of Patrons". finance.yahoo.com.
- "CURRICULUM VITAE OF HER ROYAL HIGHNESS GRAND DUCHESS MARIA TERESA OF LUXEMBOURG" (PDF). monarchie.lu.
- "About". Stand Speak Rise Up! Official Website. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
- Official photo of the Grand-Ducal couple
- The Royal Correspondent
- "Luxarazzi: New Family Portraits of the Grand Ducal Family". lux-arazzi.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "L'actualité des royautés, "Henri et Maria Teresa en Autriche"" (in French). Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- Group Photo
- Photo with Order of Leopold illustrating an article of "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2012-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
- DECRETO DE 3 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2007 - website JusBrasil
- "Modtagere af danske dekorationer". kongehuset.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 May 2019.
- Borger.dk Archived 2013-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
- "Diamonds and sapphires: Stephanie's tiara choices". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Noblesse et Royautés, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2012-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) article about grand-ducal jewels
- President of Finland
- www.gouvernement.lu/ Archived 2013-01-10 at the Wayback Machine, State visit of President Stephanopoulos in Luxembourg, July 2001
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, State visit of Italian President Napolitano in Luxembourg, february 2009
- "Foreign recipients list". Retrieved 17 December 2017.
- Latvian Presidency, Recipients list (.doc) Archived 2013-05-02 at the Wayback Machine
- "Royal Bling". Pinterest. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- The royal forums, State visit of Luxembourg to Netherlands, 2006, Photo
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2012-04-24 at the Wayback Machine, State visit of Queen Beatrix in Luxembourg, 21-23 march 2012
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2011-08-24 at the Wayback Machine, State visit of Grand-Dukes in Norway, 30 May - 1 June 2011
- "Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and King Carl gustaf of Sweden arrive for..." Getty Images. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Portugal Presidency, Decorations to foreigners, (type "Maria Teresa" then "Pesquisar")
- State visit in Louxembourg
- Romanian Presidency website, Recipients of the order (Excel sheet) Archived 2014-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
- Boletín Oficial del Estado
- Spanish Royal Family website, State visit of Juan Carlos & Sofia in Luxembourg, April 2007, Photo of the Sovereign couples
- "Noblesse et Royautes" website Archived 2011-01-23 at the Wayback Machine, Victoria of Sweden's wedding, June 2010
- "revue.lu - Hochzeit des Jahres". Pinterest. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "Diamonds and sapphires: Stephanie's tiara choices". hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- Tiaras and trianon
- Royaux Suedois
- Order of Saint Isabel
- Noblesse et Royautes Archived 2013-09-20 at the Wayback Machine, Order of Saint Isabel awarded to several Gotha personalities
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- The Mentor Foundation charity website
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Duchess consort of Nassau
2000 – present