Monday, December 11, 2017

Hereditary Grand Duchess Visits Creators' Market

Photo: Marion Dessard / Mudam Luxembourg
This weekend, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the Marché des Créateurs - or Creators' Market - at the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean where she toured the stands. The museum describes the event as "an opportunity to bring together designers using different techniques and working in diverse disciplines and universes (product, fashion and textile design, illustrations, jewellery...). There are a multitude of revisited or totally new objects that reflect the effervescence of contemporary production. Limited editions, handcrafted or edited products: the Marché des créateurs bears witness to great creativity and is a unique occasion for innovating designers and the public to meet." The Hereditary Grand Duchess is the president of the administrative board of the Mudam.

Grand Duke Receives Mayor of Berlin

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri welcomed the governing mayor of Berlin for an audience at the palais. Michael Müller is also currently serving as the President of the Bundesrat, which also makes him deputy to the President of Germany. He was on a working visit to Luxembourg today.

Grand Duke Meets Bishops

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Grand Henri received a delegation of members of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe at the palais today. He is pictured above with (from the left) the Secretary General Duarte da Cunha, the President of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco and Luxembourg's Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Henri and Maria Teresa Inaugurate Railway Station

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 10th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the inauguration for the new Howald and Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg railway stations. The event opened at Howald where the Grand Duke unveiled the new station name. Afterwards, the Grand Ducal couple visited the station at Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg, and from there traveled by Tram to visit the new Tramsschapp administrative building to attend an academic session.

More photos at the Cour website.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Open Exhibition in Brussels

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
Remember the De Mains de Maîtres exhibition initiated by the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess which took place in Luxembourg late last year? The exhibition showcasing local Luxembourgish talent has just gone international once more. After Luxembourg and France, the exhibition is now being shown in Belgium. On Thursday night, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the opening in Brussels. The Hereditary Grand Duchess gave the opening remarks.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
The exhibition "Of Master Hand" highlights some 60 young craftsmen and art designers from the Grand Duchy and the Grand Region. Its aim is to note the country's young talented creatives and to highlight the beauty and importance of the transfer of know-how to younger generations. The idea behind the the exhibition comes from no other than the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess themselves who launched the initiative together with the Chamber of Trade and the Ministries of Economy and Culture.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
In case you are based in Brussels or will be around in the coming weeks: The exhibition, located at the Embassy of Luxembourg as well as the Galerie Lin Delletaille, will run until December 15 and 16 respectively. Much more information and another pictures available from the cour.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Five Ambassadors

Photo: Grand Duke Henri with Ambassador Od Och of Mongolia /
© Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On December 5th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience five new ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: Od Och, Ambassador for Mongolia; Nonye Udo, Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Novisi Aku Abaidoo, Ambassador for the Republic of Ghana; Raul Fernandez Daza, Ambassador for the Republic of Chile; and Emma Julia Villatoro Tario, Ambassador for the Republic of El Salvador.

More photos of the audiences at the Cour website.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Visits Science Center

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On the 6th, Grand Duke Henri paid a visit to the Luxembourg Science Center, where he learned more about its focus and goals, in addition to the larger purpose of inspiring scientific and technological interests in young people. Highlights of the visit included a chance to step inside the optical scanner (pictured above) and view experiments in robotics. The Grand Duke also viewed a 1907 diesel engine that was once at the Château de Colmar-Berg and which was donated by Grand Duke Jean to the Institut Supérieur de Technologie in 1977.

A number of other fun photos at the Cour website.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Architects and Engineers

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Cédric Allié
On December 5th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience new members of the Ordre des Architectes et des Ingénieurs-Conseils (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers or OAI). These new members, both mandatory and optional, are participating in the 2015-2017 OAI exercises. Photographed with the Grand Duke and new members are Jos Dell, the President of OAI; Marc Feider, the Vice President of OAI; and Pierre Hurt, the Director of OAI.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Alois Receives Outgoing ESA President

Photo: Brigitt Risch / Vaterland /
On November 30th, Hereditary Prince Alois received the outgoing ESA (EFTA Surveillance Authority) President Sven Erik Svedman when he paid a courtesy visit to Schloss Vaduz. The ESA monitors and governs the compliance of EFTA members (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) to ensure there is no infringement on European Economic Area (EEA) laws. Svedman also met with Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick and Landtag President Albert Frick.

A little more from Vaterland.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

An Editor's Note Regarding Princess Tessy

In the past few months, we have hardly reported on the whereabouts of Princess Tessy. At the time she filed for divorce, we at Team Luxarazzi had a long talk about how we would handle her appearances in the future. We spoke about how we are covering other divorcees in the family and how we would handle other separations if they were to happen. After weighing different options, we decided that we would handle Princess Tessy's public endeavours in much the same way we do it with Hélène Vestur, former wife of Prince Jean: Whenever she appears at a family gathering, we will make sure to make note of it. Solo appearances, however worthy the cause, we may mention on Twitter or Facebook but we won't write about it on Luxarazzi. 

I understand that some of you may say that Princess Tessy has always held a higher profile than the former Countess Hélène de Nassau but we only find it fair to treat them equally.

Princess Tessy has been trying to position herself well in the media about the past few weeks giving TV interviews and more. For what it is worth: We at Luxarazzi believe that she is fighting for what is fair and the she should be treated with the dignity befitting of the Grand Ducal Family. This respect should go both ways. By publishing all the latest news and events by Princess Tessy, we feel like it would border on taking a side in the divorce as Prince Louis isn't able to equally tell his side of the story. Taking sides and playing PR games during what must be a difficult time for everyone involved is something we will do our best to avoid.

Thank you for your understanding.