BIOGRAPHY OF HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS TESSY OF LUXEMBOURG
Miss Tessy Antony was born in Luxembourg City on 28 October 1985. She is the daughter of François and Régine Antony. She has three brothers and one sister: Mike (1978) and his twin brother Jerry (†1987), Patty (1981) and Ronny, Her twin brother (1985).
In addition to Her native Luxembourgish, she also speaks fluent French, English and German.
On 29 September 2006, she became Tessy de Nassau when she married Prince Louis of Luxembourg. The princely couple has two sons, Prince Gabriel, Michael, Louis, Ronny of Nassau (born 12 March 2006 in Geneva) and Prince Noah Etienne Guillaume Gabriel Matthias Xavier of Nassau (born 21 September 2007 in Luxembourg). H.R.H. the Grand Duke granted the title of Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Bourbon-Parma to the wife of Prince Louis on 23 June 2009, Luxembourg’s National Day. In 2012, Princess Tessy received the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau. In 2016, Princess Tessy received the Mrongovius medal of recognition for her work on spreading humanistic ideas globally. In January 2017, HRH received the ‘Women of the decade award’ from the Women Economic Forum.
Miss Tessy Antony completed Her primary education at the Niederkorn school and Her secondary education at the Mathias Adam Lycée technique in Pétange. She took lessons at the Ecole de Musique de Differdange, where she plays alto saxophone.
Since June 2003, She has been involved with the Luxembourg Army, where She has received training in a combat unit. After obtaining a driver’s licence for lorries, Hummers and armoured Hummers, She volunteered to take part in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo as part of the BELUKOS 13/15 detachment, from March to August 2004, being the only female member of Her draft. She received the UN medal of recognition for this mission. She was later detached to the Chief of Staff and the Army infirmary. In 2005, She was posted to the Luxembourg Embassy in London. She took up a post at the Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations in Geneva.
Besides, from 2005 to 2009 Princess Tessy attended continuous training and lectures relating to the topics of “Education and psychology”. She received a diploma in the educational sector and several certifications in Psychology.
After spending two years in the United States during which Princess Tessy studied occupational therapy the Princess has now moved to England, where she works in the “security and research” sector.
Princess Tessy is very much involved in charities and NGOs acting in favour of people with specific needs, She is actively taking part in charitable events in Luxembourg as wells as in London. It is five years now that she has joined, as an active member, the Luxembourg “Groupe de Support Psychologique” (GSP).
Princess Tessy graduated from Richmond, the American International University in London with a BA in Art in International Relations. She got awarded 5 times the ‘Deans’ List’ throughout her undergraduate career, which is a recognition of academic excellence. Princess Tessy achieved a first in her undergraduate dissertation that she wrote on the continuing trend of nationalism in Europe with the case study of Golden dawn in Greece. Moreover, Princess Tessy graduated from SOAS University with an MA in the field of International Studies and Diplomacy. She received a merit for her MA dissertation on Biological Terrorism and Violent Non-State Actors.
In England, Princess Tessy works as a Director in an intelligence company. Princess Tessy has also launched her own NGO called Professors Without Borders and is the new patron of the United Nations Association.
Princess Tessy is also the Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls at UNAIDS, is the newly appointed Patron for UNA-UK, and is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a globally recognised think tank patronised by the Queen in the centre for Global health and security.
A keen sportsperson, Princess Tessy regularly practices the following sports: swimming, scuba diving, spinning, skiing and hunting. She is a member of the Niederkorn Fanfare. She likes classic and contemporary music and is particularly interested in jazz. She regularly attends conferences and seminars on “psychology and social development”, topics she also enjoys reading about most.