Monday, February 20, 2017

Princely Family Welcomes Tina Weirather Home

Photo: Stefan Trefzer / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie as well as Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were among the Liechtensteiners last night in Schaan who welcomed home Super G world silver medallist Tina Weirather home. Weirather took second place in the Super G event of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, attended by Prince Max, about a week ago. During the event last night Weirather also revealed that every time she makes the world cup podium, she receives a hand-written congratulatory letter from the Princely Family. 

Tina Weirather's was Liechtenstein's 21st medal at the Alpine World Ski Championships. Several others were also contributed by her family: Her mother, Hanni Wenzel is a two-time Olympic and two-time World Champion; her uncle, Andreas Wenzel, is a World Champion and Olympic medallist. Fun fact: With its nine medals in Olympic history, Liechtenstein has, in fact, won more medals per capita than any other nation. Not surprisingly for the only nation to lie entirely within the Alps, all of the medals were won in alpine skiing.

More pictures of last night at Vaterland and Volksblatt, 1 FL TV has a video including an interview Prince Hans-Adam.

It's Official: No Title for Tessy

From the moment that it was announced that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy would divorce we began discussing how this would impact Tessy's titles. Normally, we wouldn't even need to discuss the matter, as the Nassau Family Pact and the Bylaws Concerning the House Law make it clear that any titles of and memberships to the Grand Ducal House and/or Grand Ducal Family are lost upon legal separation or divorce. 

However, we all know that Tessy's path to becoming a Royal Highness and a Princess wasn't exactly traditional and didn't happen upon her marriage as was the case for her former sisters-in-law. Because she received her title long after her marriage and in a press release - and we assume decree -, there was always the possibility that her title would be viewed as her own property without regard to her marital status. But as long as we do not know the official wording of the decree, it's hard to argue about any of this. As a result of this confusion, which we elaborated on in our earlier post about her title, we contacted the cour

Earlier today, we received the reply from the cour stating that Tessy does in fact fall under the ordinary rules "following the grand-ducal decree from June 18, 2012, [...] a spouse (by marriage) loses, in case of divorce, her titles and predicates [style]". As a result, HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, and Princess of Bourbon-Parma became either Ms Tessy Antony or Ms Tessy de Nassau once again when the decree nisi was granted. She also lost any memberships she may have had in The House and/or The Family. (Although, we have debated extensively if she actually gained either because the house regulations specifically state that a title conferred in the individual case cannot infer other status or rights. But that would be another matter for another post on another day.)

It is important to note based on some of the comments we have received that these changes to her title and status happened when the decree nisi was granted late last week as the Family Bylaws state, "In case of a legal separation, a divorce or remarriage after death, the wives lose the style and title conferred upon them." It would be hard to argue that a decree nisi, in fact, isn't a legal separation. Whether Tessy is now known by her maiden name, Tessy Antony, or the name she used during the first few years of her marriage, Tessy de Nassau, isn't entirely clear yet and we will make sure to get back to you about it once receive a reply by the cour. Bets are on the former as women in Luxembourg usually don't legally take their husband's last name but instead use it out of courtesy, but we will see... Of course, there is also the small chance of Grand Duke Henri creating a title for Tessy but there is no precedence for it in Luxembourg and considering that the Bylaws are only five years old, one hopes the rules aren't changed yet again.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Princess Nora Helps Welcome IOC President to Liechtenstein

On the 17th, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was in Liechtenstein to visit that country's National Olympic Committee (NOC). IOC Member Princess Nora was there to welcome him for his visit. President Bach presented the NOC President with a trophy, met with several Olympic athletes from Liechtenstein, and toured the State Museum's current Olympics exhibit.

A little more from the Olympic Games website.

Members of the Grand Ducal Family at Belgian Mass

Photo: BestImage
Archduchess Marie-Astrid and husband Carl-Christian, Princess Margaretha as well as Prince Guillaume and wife Sibilla all attended a mass to commemorate the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk or Église Notre-Dame - depending on which of Belgium's major languages you prefer - today. The mass is held annually every February. The members of the Grand Ducal Family joined their Belgian cousin, King Philippe, and Queen Mathilde as well as Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea for the mass.

More pictures as PPE and Pure People.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fashion Friday: February 1 - February 16, 2017

First, I want to thank the team of Luxarazzi for asking me to join them and welcoming me so nicely, I'm very pleased to join this team! Fashion Friday will come twice a month with a recap about the Grand Ducal (and Princely) fashion. So let's start with our first Fashion Friday from February 1 to February 16!

On February 2, Guillaume and Stéphanie visited Okkasiounbuttik. Stéphanie wore a new olive green belted jacket with her Diane Von Furstenberg clutch, she has worn that clutch several times before.
Photo : ©Claude Piscitelli/ Luxemburger Wort/


On February 7th , Guillaume and Stéphanie received two members of the CONNECT project at the palace. Stéphanie wore a blue jacket that I cannot identify despite all my efforts. Read more here.
© 2017 Cour Grand-Ducale/tous droits réservés
Maria-Teresa also held audiences at the Palace on the 7th. She wore a matching dress and coat. Unfortunately, I don't know the brand but I really like this outfit!
Photo: © 2017 Cour Grand-Ducale/tous droits réservés
During a visit to MUDAM (Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean) on the 9th, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore the Diane Von Furstenberg 'Fiona' printed dress with black pumps. DVF is one of her favorite brands so it's no surprise seeing her in one of their designs again.
Photo: Christian Aschman / MUDAM


On the 12th, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa wore a black dress during an audience at the palace. Unfortunately, I'd need better photos of the dress to see if there are any details that would make an identification easier but you can read more about the audience here.
© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Tous droits réservés
On the 13th, in Dubai , Stéphanie wore a Issey Miyake orange cardigan/jacket with a white top. She wore orange shoes, which I think are Natan but I can't confirm that yet.
Photo: Pierre Gramegna/Twitter


Also in Dubai for the World Goverment Summit, Stéphanie wore a black pantsuit with a striped collared shirt that I have no information about yet. I do know where her bag is from though! It's a new bag by Paule Ka, another one of her favourite designers.
© Luxembourg for Finance

On the 15th, in Oman, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore an Emporio Armani jacket with a skirt first worn in Morocco in April 2015. I have no other information to bring you for this outfit but you can read a more details about the visit here.
Photo: Pierre Gramegna/Twitter

And that leaves us with the question: What do you think of Stéphanie's and Maria-Teresa's outfits? If I manage to ID anything else, the post will be updated. Otherwise, the next Fashion Friday will be in two weeks with, hopefully, a lot of IDs for you! I hope you'll enjoy this new feature!

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy Officially Divorced

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy are officially divorced. The former couple, who announced their separation just a short while ago, was granted a deree nisi at the Central Family Court in London today. The divorce was obtained by Princess Tessy on the grounds of "unreasonable behaviour". The divorce will become official in six weeks and one day.

Among the court papers made public was a statement of Princess Tessy signed in January which stated that Prince Louis's behaviour, as set out in her petition, was continuing. 

The paperwork also said that a judge found that Princess Tessy was 'entitled to a decree of divorce, the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the respondent's unreasonable behaviour'.

Details on the "unreasonable behaviour" were not given though it's worth noting that this is a fairly standard term that encompasses truly egregious behaviour to what might otherwise be considered minor irritations that lead to ongoing marital difficulties. This is one of five legally acceptable reasons for divorce in the UK, and one of three that provides for a shorter separation period.

Neither party were present in court. It's unknown how Princess Tessy will be styled in the future.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stay Tuned: Fashion Friday Heading Your Way

We are very excited to introduce a new series to Luxarazzi: Fashion Friday! Behind the scenes we are constantly looking for new ideas for the blog, to make it more interesting for you and us. Fashion is always a popular topic when we discuss it on here or over on Facebook. So why not make it a more regular thing? Thus the idea for Fashion Friday was born - and with it comes a new member for Team Luxarazzi. Let's give a warm welcome to Heaven, who some of you may know from Twitter or her other adventures into the royal fashion world: European Royals Fashion, Princess Marie's Closet and UFO No More.

About twice a month, Fashion Friday will bring you the latest in grand ducal (and occasionally also princely) fashion. Heaven is amazing at identifying designers and she already has a few interesting discoveries of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's recent outfits to share. Once we also see the other ladies of Luxembourg (and Liechtenstein) out and about more again, we will make sure to also cover their fashion choices. If there happens to be a week or two without events or identified designers, we may also look at some past outfits and who the mastermind behind their creation is. Stay tuned: Fashion Friday is heading your way tomorrow - make sure to check back!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Birthday Updates for Princess Alexandra

To mark her 26th birthday, the Cour has updated the online biography of Princess Alexandra. It is now officially known that the princess completed her bachelor's degree in philosophy with a specialization in ethics and anthropology from a university in Paris. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in conflict resolution in Dublin, Ireland.

It is also noted in her updated biography that Princess Alexandra worked for a while in a "journalistic field" while living somewhere in the Middle East and that she did an internship with the Security Council of the United Nations in New York. The princess also volunteers her time to assist refugees, a cause particularly relevant to the Grand Ducal Family as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was once a refugee herself.

All of us here at Team Luxarazzi hope that Princess Alexandra has a wonderful birthday.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Oman

Photo: ONA
Their third full day in the Middle East led Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie to the Sultanate of Oman. In Mucat, the capital of the country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the grand ducal duo met with Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers to talk bilateral ties between the Grand Duchy and Oman.

Photo: ONA
In addition, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess got a taste of the country by visiting several landmarks like the famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque including the Islamic Sciences Institute, the library, lecture halls and other utilities. 

They also paid a visit to the Royal Opera House (Rohm), where they were briefed on the role it plays in the cultural field and its facilities and the nature of shows presented during its year-round programme. In addition, they also visited the National Museum where they learned about Oman's history when seeing several halls, namely the Earth and Man Hall, Prehistory Hall and Ancient Ages Hall, Hall of Greatness of Islam, Hall of Oman and the Outside World, Renaissance Hall and intangible Heritage Hall.

Pictures of the visit are scattered all over the internet, for example here, here, here and here. The government website also has a small gallery of pictures of the last few days, probably to be updated with more.

Prince Hans-Adam Turns 72

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Prince Hans-Adam II celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday. The Fürst and his wife, Princess Marie, marked the day by receiving the members of government and parliament as well as other dignitaries at Schloss Vaduz. The reception takes place every year on occasion of the Prince's birthday.

More pictures at Vaterland and Volksblatt, videos at ORF and 1 FL TV.