Thursday, January 18, 2018

Grand Duke Awards Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri was on hand to hand out  the Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe. This year's award was given to Miika Heinonen, a Finnish born photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Luxembourg, for his work "Belief System type 2" showing the Grand Duchy's synagogue, which you can find at Wort. Also present for the occasion were the Secretary of State of Culture Guy Arendt and the president of the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg (CAL), Marc Hostert.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Manuel Dias
Since its creation in 1902 the Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe is awarded to artists who exhibit at the Salon Artistique of the Cercle artistique de Luxembourg. Easily noticeable, the award was named for and created by the former Grand Duke Adolph, the great-great grandfather of the current Grand Duke, on the initiative of his wife Grand Duchess Adelheid-Marie, an avid painter herself. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is the patron of the award and while she was scheduled to hand out the Prix today, she did not for an undisclosed reason.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie Award Scholarship

Photo: Chambre des Métiers / Marie De Decker
Earlier today, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie awarded the first De Mains des Maîtres scholarship to artist Sarah Meyeers. 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. Profits from the exhibition that has already been shown in Luxembourg, Paris as well as Brussels and sales of the art works has been put forward into a scholarship programme.

For more information, have a look at the website of the cour.

New Ambassadors to Luxembourg Meet the Grand Duke

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
On Tuesday, Grand Duke Henri received in audience five new ambassadors to Luxembourg. Ammo Aziza Baroud of Chad, Mohamed Issa Hamad Abushahab of the United Arab Emirates, Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Khulaifi of Qatar, Nestor Gabriele Bellavite Terceros of Bolivia and Joseph E. Sokoine of Tanzania all presented their letters of credence to the Grand Duke.

More photos here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Prince Robert Gives Interview with Point de Vue

Photo: Christel Jeanne / Point de Vue /
Prince Robert has given an interview to Point de Vue, welcoming the magazine into his restaurant in Paris, Le Clarence. He discusses his family's history with and love for France, in addition to their ongoing participation in the worlds of fine foods, fine art, and fine wines. He talks a little about his childhood exploration of Château Haut-Brion, which led to a lifelong love for the family estate and their work in cultivating wine. Prince Robert also shares some history of Hôtel Dillon, the 19th-century townhouse that is now the home of Le Clarence and the wine store La Cave du Château, and the restoration work required to return it to its former elegance.

The full interview, with video, here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Princess Nora Attends Special Olympics Events

On the 13th and 14th, Princess Nora attended Days 1 and 2 of the Special Olympics Winter Games. The events were held in the winter sports communities of Malbun and Steg, both in the municipality of Triesenberg. (Steg, incidentally, holds Liechtenstein's only hill for ski jumping.)

Simon Fehr took home the first place for cross-country skiing, while the three winners of alpine skiing were Sonja Hämmerle, Lukas Foser, and Joel Seiler. There was also a celebrity relay in cross-country skiing that included former Olympic competitor Markus Hasler and Minister of Sports Daniel Risch

Photos of the competitions from Day 1 and Day 2.

Hereditary Prince Alois Meets Foreign Minister of Malta

Photo: Eddy Risch / Vaterland /
On January 15th, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed Carmelo Abela, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion in Malta, at Schloss Vaduz. Foreign Minister Abela also met with Liechtenstein's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aurelia Frick. Among the focuses of the meetings were global migration and developments within the European Union. Afterwards, Foreign Minister Frick accompanied Foreign Minister Abela to the European Year of Cultural Heritage events at Gutenberg Castle in Balzers.

A little more information at Vaterland. Some more photos of the Foreign Minister's visit to Liechtenstein, including photos with the Hereditary Prince, at his Twitter account.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Additional Family Members at the New Year's Reception

Photos: Information und Kommunikation der Regierung, Vaduz

Turns out, Prince Hans-Adam II, Princess Marie, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were joined by a few additional family members for the New Year's Reception at Schloss Vaduz in Thursday. Prince Nikolaus as well as Prince Stefan, new non-resident ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife Princess Florentine were in attendance as well. I also spied Prince Michael and Princess Hildegard among the guests arriving for the reception.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Alois Welcomes the Central European Football Associations

Photo: Radio Liechtenstein /
On the 10th at Schloss Vaduz, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed members of the Central European Football Associations, which is being hosted by the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband (Liechtenstein Football Association, or LFV) this year for the first time. The Central European Football Associations include the following countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, and Slovakia. Liechtenstein was recently added, with President Hugo Quaderer's signing of a joint agreement.

A little more from Radio Liechtenstein

New Year's Receptions in Liechtenstein

Photo: Screenshot from
And now the 2018 New Year's receptions in Liechtenstein have rolled around!

The two-part event on January 11th saw 562 guests welcomed to Schloss Vaduz. (This was slightly lower than the record of 580 people in 2012, but still an impressive turnout for the Princely family to greet.) The morning reception welcomed 172 representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, from 70 nations, while the afternoon reception saw 390 attendees.

The New Year's event has been held in two parts since 2012. For the receptions from 2017 and 2016, see here and here.

Information here, and the full video here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hereditary Grand Duke Celebrates Luxembourg for Finance

Photo: Luxembourg for Finance / Luc Deflorenne
Yesterday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was on hand to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Luxembourg for Finance. The agency was founded as a public/private partnership for the development and promotion of Luxembourg as a financial centre. 

At a press conference held on the occasion Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna said, "As a public-private partnership, LFF can convey messages with a common voice, and thus a much stronger voice than each of the shareholders of LFF would have individually. Over the last 10 years, LFF has been putting into practice a unique approach, which has been developing a dialogue and a lasting relationship rather than focusing on short term results.” The Hereditary Grand Duke has been a long-time ambassador for Luxembourg for Finance often joining them on their missions abroad.

Other pictures of the evening at Tageblatt and the cour.