Princess Marie Gabriele of Luxembourg

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Princess Marie Gabriele
Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg
Born (1925-08-02) 2 August 1925 (age 97)
Berg Castle, Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
SpouseCount Knud, 7th Count of Holstein-Ledreborg
IssueCountess Monica, 8th Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg
Countess Lydia, Hereditary Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg
Countess Veronica
Countess Silvia
Countess Camilla
Countess Tatiana
Countess Antonia
Full name
Marie Gabriele Aldegunde Wilhelmine Louise
HouseNassau-Weilburg (official)
Bourbon-Parma (agnatic)
FatherPrince Felix of Bourbon-Parma
MotherGrand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg

Princess Marie Gabriele of Luxembourg, Dowager Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg (Marie Gabrielle Aldegunde Wilhelmine Louise; born 2 August 1925) is the third daughter and fourth of the six children of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Félix. She is the younger sister of former Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and thus a paternal aunt to the current Grand Duke, Jean's son Grand Duke Henri. In 1951 she married Danish Count Karl Johan Ludvig, 7th Count of Holstein-Ledreborg (2 October 1919 – 25 June 2001), Roman Catholic; the couple were married for 50 years until his death in 2001. Together, they had seven daughters.


Marie Gabriele was born on 2 August 1925, Berg Castle, Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg[1] as the third daughter and fourth child of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Félix, she was followed by two siblings born in 1927 and in 1929; altogether there were six siblings: Prince Jean, Hereditary Grand Duke, Princess Elisabeth, Princess Marie Adélaïde, Princess Marie Gabriele, Prince Charles and Princess Alix.

Facing the German invasion in 10 May 1940 during World War II, the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg left the country to find refuge in Portugal, after receiving transit visas from the Portuguese consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes, in June 1940. They arrived at Vilar Formoso on 23 June 1940. After travelling through Coimbra and Lisbon, the family first stayed in Cascais, in Casa de Santa Maria, owned by Manuel Espírito Santo, who was then the honorary consul for Luxembourg in Portugal. By July they had moved to Monte Estoril, staying at the Chalet Posser de Andrade. On 10 July 1940, Princess Marie Gabriele, together with her father Prince Félix, her siblings, Heir Prince Jean, Princess Elisabeth, Princess Marie Adelaide, Prince Charles and Princess Alix, the nanny Justine Reinard and the chauffer Eugène Niclou, along with his wife Joséphine, boarded the S.S. Trenton headed for New York City.[2][3]


She married Knud Johan Ludvig, Lensgreve Holstein til Ledreborg (Count of Ledreborg), a Danish Roman Catholic nobleman (2 October 1919 – 25 June 2001) in Berg Castle on 6 November 1951, son of Joseph 6th Lensgreve Holstein til Ledreborg, a relative of Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg and a descendant of Johan Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, and his wife Countess Christina Hamilton, of a Danish branch of Clan Hamilton. They had seven daughters, fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren:

  • Countess Monica Charlotte Louise Maria Holstein til Ledreborg (b. Ledreborg, 29 July 1952), married on 13 September 2003 Henri de Dompierre de Jonquières (b. 28 May 1950), without issue
  • Countess Lydia Adelaide Maria Holstein til Ledreborg (b. Ledreborg, 22 February 1955), married firstly in Ledreborg on 8 August 1980 and divorced in 1999 her second cousin, Prince Eric of Bourbon-Parma (b. 28 Aug 1953, son of Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma) and they have five children and seven grandchildren.[4] Then married secondly on 31 January 2001 Martin Bergsøe (b. 15 December 1948), without issue.
    • Princess Antonia Monica Charlotte Marie of Bourbon-Parma (b. Roskilde, 10 June 1981) married Martin Krusbæk to 15 May 2010. They have three children:
      • Inès Philippine Alexia Krusbæk (2011)
      • Maximilian Allan Michel Gabriel Krusbæk (2012)
      • Alix Beatrice Lidia Eva Krusbæk (2016)
    • Princess Marie Gabrielle Yolande Camilla Philippine of Bourbon-Parma (b. Paris, 23 December 1982) has a son:
      • Mark de Bourbon de Parme (*2003)
    • Princess Alexia Thérèse Sybille Erica Marie of Bourbon-Parma (b. Palm Beach, Florida, 7 March 1985) married Fabian Davis in 2007. They have two daughters:
      • Rebecca Davis (2004)
      • Bianca Davis (2008)
    • Prince Michel Knud John Joseph Marie of Bourbon-Parma (b. Roskilde, 12 February 1989)
    • Prince Henri Luitpold Antoine Victor Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (b. Roskilde, 14 October 1991). He got engaged to his second cousin Archduchess Gabriella Maria Pilar Yolande Joséphine Charlotte of Austria on October 22, 2017.
      • Victoria Antonia Marie-Astrid Lydia (b. 30 October 2017)
  • Countess Veronica Birgitte Maria Holstein til Ledreborg (b. Ledreborg), 29 January 1956), married in Ledreborg on 18 August 1979 François Bruno de Pottère (b. Carbondale, Pennsylvania, 1 December 1949). They have three children and one grandchild:
    • Bruno de Pottere (1980-1980)
    • Charles Erik de Pottère (b. Luxembourg, 22 June 1982) married Layla Jean Kajer in 2015
      • Isla de Pottere (2015)
    • Alexander Gabriel de Pottère (b. Truckee, California, 12 January 1985)
  • Countess Silvia Charlotte Maria Holstein til Ledreborg (b. Ledreborg, 1 January 1958), heiress of Ledreborg castle, married in Ledreborg on 4 August 1979 John Munro of Foulis (paternal grandson of Lieutenant colonel Cecil Gascoigne (b. 1877, d. 1929), (b. 21 June 1959), and had four children and two grandchildren:
    • Tatiana Angela Maria Munro (b. Barrio Cabañas, Honduras, 18 May 1983) married Martin Skaarup Munro-Thers in 2011. They have two children:
      • Marcus Munro-Thers (2009)
      • Lucas Munro-Thers (2014)
    • Alexander Munro (b. Ledreborg, 24 June 1985)
    • Charlotte Tatiana Marie Munro (b. Roskilde (27 December 1990)
    • Angela Charlotte Marie Munro (b. Roskilde (27 August 1992)
  • Countess Camilla Josephine Marie Holstein til Ledreborg (Ledreborg, 26 February 1959 – 4 July 2010), married in Ledreborg on 11 January 1986 and divorced in 1995 Eric Rudolf Baron Bertouch-Lehn til Højbygaard-Lungholm (b. Nykøbing Falster, 15 November 1956), and have two sons:
    • Baron Nicolas Erik Carl Poul Johan Dmitri Bertouch-Lehn til Højbygaard-Lungholm (b. Copenhagen, 14 June 1986) married Eva Maria Marcher in 2015
    • Baron Philip Eric Alexander Knud Bertouch-Lehn til Højbygaard-Lungholm (b. Nykøbing Falster, 21 March 1989)
  • Countess Tatiana Alix Marie Holstein til Ledreborg (b. Ledreborg, 25 Apr 1961), married in Ledreborg on 14 August 1999 Mark von Riedemann (b. Victoria, British Columbia, 20 October 1964), and had issue:
    • Therese Silvia Maria von Riedemann (b. Königstein, 11 October 2000)
  • Countess Antonia Charlotte Jeanette Marie Holstein til Ledreborg (b. Ledreborg, 19 June 1962), a consecrated sister of the Emmanuel Community of the Roman Catholic Church.
Ledreborg castle, Denmark

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 1925–1951: Her Royal Highness Princess Marie Gabriele of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma
  • 1951–2001: Her Royal Highness The Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg
  • 2001–present: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Countess of Holstein-Ledreborg


  1. (in Danish). Roskilde Avis Archived from the original on 7 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  2. A fuga da família grã-ducal”, by Margarida de Magalhães Ramalho (2019).
  3. Exiles Memorial Center.
  4. Theroff, Paul. "Ducal House of Parma". (Paul Theroff’s Royal Genealogy Site).[self-published source][better source needed]

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