Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa are the latest royals to launch a kid-friendly website
The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has a special message for early readers.
On Wednesday, the royal family of Luxembourg debuted a new website to teach children about the monarchy. The interactive page is available in English, French, German and Luxembourgish, the national language, and was announced with an upbeat video on X. The clip showed snippets of the fun features now live on Kids.monarchie.lu/en, opening with an illustration of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and rolling to a map of the small country’s royal residences.
"Welcome to this site which has been specially designed for you. You'll find the answers to the questions you've been asking yourself: what is the role of the Head of State? Why is there a Grand Duke and not a King? And loads more!” an intro message on the new site states. “You'll also get to meet the Grand Duchess and our whole family. At the end, there's a short quiz to test what you've learnt during your visit!”
Though King Charles and the British royal family stick to one main Royal.UK web page, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium run a similar children's website about the monarchy for young audiences.
🚀 Le site https://t.co/ipTTLcs8hI se décline désormais dans une version ludique pour les enfants.
🔎 Démarrez votre exploration maintenant et n’oubliez pas de tester vos connaissances avec le quiz.
🎉 Bon amusement ! pic.twitter.com/kfOs4yWaWF
— Cour Grand-Ducale (@CourGrandDucale) September 27, 2023
An icon of Grand Duke Henri serves as the unofficial host in the lower left corner, and the map links to explainers on happenings at the Grand Ducal Palace, Fischbach Castle and Berg Castle, plus royal history and a family tree. Henri and Maria Theresa are parents to five adult children – Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra (who tied the knot with two royal weddings earlier this year) and Prince Sebastien – and grandparents to six.
Though he’s a few years away from classroom reading lessons, the Grand Ducal Court’s new site could be an ideal tool for young Prince Charles to learn the royal ropes one day. Three-year-old Charles is the eldest son of Prince Guillaume and his wife, Princess Stephanie, making him second in the line of succession to the throne behind his father, the future Grand Duke (and the new children’s website defines why Henri is known by that title). Next in line is his baby brother Prince Francois, who was born in March.
Proud dad Guillaume opened up about the new family dynamic in a short interview after Francois was born, along with the relatable revelation that his parents watched Charles while he and Stephanie were at the hospital.
"It was very sweet to see how Charles reacted when he heard that Francois had been born. He was so excited to meet him, he turned and went straight up to him," he said in a clip shared on X by the Grand Ducal Court. "It brought such joy to both us and my parents."
While Prince Guillaume, 41, and his wife, Princess Stephanie, 39, raise their sons outside of the royal spotlight at Fischbach Castle (whose history is listed on the children’s website), they bring the boys along for special royal occasions.
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On the eve of Luxembourgish National Day in June, Guillaume and Stephanie took Charles to his first National Day celebration. The little prince joined his parents — from a tiny chair! – to watch a parade go by in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, in a milestone outing the court recapped on Instagram.
Last week, Princess Stephanie brought along Prince Francois, now 6 months old, to The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art to view an innovative display by Luxembourgish artist Michel Majerus. Francois was all smiles during the outing, which appeared to double as his first official engagement.
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