20 MAY 2002

The tiny landlocked country of Luxembourg, squeezed in between Belgium, Germany and France, is not the first place you would expect to find a Cuban emigré, but its Grand Duchess, Maria Theresa, is exactly that.

The little girl who would one day marry into a venerable blue-blooded dynasty was born in the Cuban capital of Havana in 1956. She left the country with her family in 1959, part of the exodus of wealthy Cubans in the early days of Fidel Castro's revolution, and settled first in New York. Later, she moved on to Spain and finally to Geneva, where she embarked on a secret romance which was to end happily at the altar in 1981. And that is how we now find her in residence in Luxembourg's Grand Ducal Palace, at the side of her beloved husband, the country's Grand Duke Henri.

For the full, remarkable story and stunning photos of the palace, see this week's issue of HELLO!.

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Her royal duties mean Maria Teresa is a very well-travelled woman. However, Cuba was never on the itinerary – until now
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With the support and encouragement of her husband, she, her sons Prince Felix, 17, and Prince Louis, 15, her sister Catalina and her niece, Catalina's daughter Katarina, made an unforgettable visit
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