Monday, October 23, 2017

Hereditary Prince Alois Receives Four Ambassadors

Photo: Hereditary Prince Alois with Mourad Bourehla (Tunisian Republic) /
Last Friday, the 20th, Hereditary Prince Alois received in audience four new ambassadors at Schloss Vaduz. The ambassadors were as follows: Mourad Bourehla, from the Tunisian Republic; Fernando Jorge Castro Trenti, from the United Mexican States; Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, from the Republic of Peru; and Norbert Riedel, from the Federal Republic of Germany.

Prior to the presentation of credentials at Schloss Vaduz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture, Aurelia Frick, paid a courtesy visit to the Government Building.

Information from here. Also, more photos available from the Liechtenstein government site.

Grand Duke Henri Receives Jean-Marc Sauvé

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On the 23rd, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Jean-Marc Sauvé, the Vice President of the Conseil d’État of France. Sauvé, who is also the President of the Institut français des sciences administratives (IFSA), has held his role of Vice President of the Conseil d’État since 2006 and was on a visit to Luxembourg.

Information from the Cour website.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Hands out Red Cross Medals

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On the 21st, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa handed out medals of merit to around 400 blood donors. The Grand Duchess is the President of the Luxembourg Red Cross and was at the event in this capacity. Also present were Minister of Health Lydia Mutsch; Michel Simonis, Director General of the Luxembourg Red Cross; Dr. Paul Courrier, the current Doctor-Director of the Blood Transfusion Centre; and Dr. Philippe Renaudier, future Doctor-Director of the Blood Transfusion Center.

More photos from the Cour website.

Grand Duke Henri Supports Conservation in Finsterthal

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On the 20th, Grand Duke Henri was in Finsterthal, in the central region of Luxembourg, to support conservation efforts by the the Commission for the Protection of Little Switzerland and the Sandstone Region. The visit included an examination of the area's historical and archeological importance, in addition to the discussion about environmental protection. Among the sites visited were ZH Fënsterdall Nature Reserve, the restoration project Helperich (which aims to protect the native Calluna), the barrow called "Bill" dating from the Gallo-Roman era, and adjacent Helperknapp (where a chapel sits on the site of an ancient spring).

More photos from the Cour website.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Alois Welcomes Diplomats from EU Member States

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On the 18th, Hereditary Grand Duke Alois held a reception for diplomats from the EU Member States, who were on a visit to Liechtenstein. Prior to the reception, the visitors were able to explore a variety of cultural, economic, and political sites within the Principality and also meet with a number of leading figures: these included Klaus Risch, the President of the Liechtenstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce (LIHK); Albert Frick, the President of the Landtag; Hans-Werner Gassner, the President of the Liechtenstein Banking Federation (LBV); and Kerstin Appel, Director of the Kunstmuseum.

The EU Member States diplomats are part of the EU Council. In October of 2016, the EU Council formally reviewed the bilateral relations between Liechtenstein the EU and determined a state of positivity. In return, Liechtenstein was praised for its commitment the EU goals and was described as a "close and reliable partner."

A little more from Radio Liechtenstein.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grand Duke Visits Archaeological Site

Photo: Ministry of Culture
Already a few days ago and kinda missed by us due to all the latest news, Grand Duke Henri visited the Centre of Study of Roman Murals (CEPRM) in Soissons alongside the Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt. The CEPMR has been put in charge of the restoration of the remaining painted coatings and stuccos which were discovered on the Gallo-Roman archaeological site in the Luxembourgish town of Schieren. 

The cour has more pictures of the event, Chronicle offers way more information.

Grand Duke Meets New Ambassadors

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri met five new ambassadors to Luxembourg who presented their letters of credence to the Grand Duchy's head of state. The Grand Duke received in audience Mohamed Taha Mustafa of Yemen, Dato’ Hasnudin Bin Hamzah of Malaysia, José Alberto Briz Gutierrez of Guatemala, Jasem Albudaiwi of Kuwait, and Kaili Terrass of Estonia.

Pictures of all of them at the cour.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Madrid Museum

Photo: Julia Robles
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie continued their stay in Madrid with a visit to the Fundación Carlos de Amberes in the heart of Salamanca. It was founded when Carlos de Amberes, a native of Antwerp, donated his goods in 1594 to create a hostel. It has since become a museum that promotes the cultural ties between Spain and the Benelux countries, one of which is, of course, the Grand Duchy. 

Grand Duchess Attends Anti-Poverty Exhibit

Cour grand-Ducale/Olivier Minaire

The Grand Duchess accompanied by the President of the Chamber of Deputies and the Minster of Family attended the exhibit "A New Humanity Without Misery Will Be Born". The exhibit was organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Rejection of Misery Day which coincides with the 25th anniversary of when the United Nation's also recognized this day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

In Luxembourg, the event and celebration also, not coincidentally, marks the culmination of the international campaign "Stop Poverty: Acting for Dignity", of which the Grand Duchess is patroness. The campaign is sponsored by ATD Fourth World Luxembourg.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Award Ceremony in Spain

Photo: © Julia Robles
On the 17th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Madrid to attend the awarding of the 23rd Prix Marquis de Villalobar. This award, which was created in 1987, recognizes individuals or companies that foster positive connections between Spain and other European nations (specifically Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands in this case). The Prix Marquis de Villalobar for this year was presented by the Belgo-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Spain to Luxair; Adrian Ney, the Director General of Luxair, was on hand to receive the award at the gala event.

The award was developed by Carlos Saavedra y Ozores, the Marquis de Villalobar, as a way of recognizing social, cultural, and economic ties between nations and focused toward a more united Europe. 

More photos and information at the Cour website.