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Comment 03 SEPTEMBER 2012

Sadness as Luxembourg royals gather for funeral of bride's mother

Just two months before what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, fiancée of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, was attending the funeral of her mother.

The entire Luxembourg royal family turned out to support her at the service in Belgium.

Her face riven by grief and leaning on the arm of Guillaume, Stephanie, 28, arrived at the Church of San Amand in Anvaing to lay her mother to rest.



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His parents Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were also paying their respects, along with another of their sons Louis and his wife Tessy.

Belgium's royal family was represented by Queen Fabiola and Crown Princess Mathilde.

Countess Alix, 70, died of a stroke on Sunday August, 26. She married Stephanie's father Count Philippe de Lannoy in 1965 and they went on to have eight children together.

Despite, her untimely death, the couple still plan to tie the knot in two ceremonies next month – a civil service on October 19 followed by dinner in the Ducal Palace and a religious celebration the morning afterwards in Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg.

The Luxembourg royal household offered their deepest condolences to Count Philippe and his family, saying they were in their thoughts and prayers.

"Their Royal Highnesses Prince Guillaume, the Grand Duke, the Grand Duchess and the whole family join in the pain of the Count de Lannoy and his beloved family with our sincere and deepest regret."

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