Friday, June 23, 2017

Hereditary Prince Alois Receives Ambassadors

Photo: Alois with Manuel Francisco Gormaz Lira /
On the 21st, Hereditary Prince Alois received three new ambassadors at Schloss Vaduz: Manuel Francisco Gormaz Lira of the Republic of Chile; Kham-Inh Khitchadeth of the Lao People's Democratic Republic; and Aurora Díaz-Rato Revuelta of the Kingdom of Spain.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grand Ducal Family Visits Esch-sur-Alzette and Bettembourg

It's that time of the year again: Tomorrow is the Grand Duke's Official Birthday. The festivities all over the Grand Duchy always start on the eve of National Day - so, you know, you can let loose and use National Day for recovery (or something along those lines)... At 4pm sharp, it was the time for the traditional changing of the guard at the palais, which always kicks of the National Day celebrations. 
Photo: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort /
The first grand ducal sighting of this year's National Day events we got in the form of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie during their annual trip to Esch-sur-Alzette. It has been a tradition for decades that members of the Grand Ducal Family visit Luxembourg's second largest city to celebrate the nation on the eve of the Grand Duke's official birthday. At 5pm, the duo was welcomed in front of the Théâtre Municipal by mayor Vera Spautz, members of the Chamber of Deputies, the government and local politicians. After the laying of a wreath of flowers at the war memorial, they made their way to the city centre of Esch.
Photo: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort /
On the place in front of the town hall, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess then watched a parade of the associations and clubs of the town. This was followed by a short reception hosted in the honour of the royal guests at the town hall and an appearance on the balcony. Afterwards, the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple made their way to the Escher Volleksfest, a public fair celebrating National Day, where they mingled with the people and lit a fire together with young scouts.
Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
Meanwhile at 6pm, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived in Bettembourg. While Guillaume and Stéphanie always go to Esch for the eve of National Day, the grand ducal couple likes to change things up a bit and thus always goes to different places. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were welcomed in Bettembourg by deputy mayor Laurenz Zeimet. 
Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
After the official welcome, the grand ducal couple made their way to the Château de Bettembourg were they visited the exhibition "Beetebuerg erliewen" or "Experiencing Bettembourg". They also signed the golden book of the municipality at the castle. Next on the agenda was a visit to the castle's park where the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess saw a presentation of local gymnasts before making their way to the Place Nelson Mandela for the Fête de l'amitié. The "Festivel of Friendship" showcased traditional local dances and more recent additions to Luxembourgish life, in the form of Syrian food, for example, likewise. To round off their visit, the grand ducal couple also met with local volunteers.

More pictures of the visit to Bettembourg here and of the visit to Esch here. (As always, we will have a round-up post with more links in the days to come.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wedding of Prince Dimitri Galitzine and Alexandra Pollitt

Photo: Point de Vue
On June 11, Prince Dimitri Galitzine, son of Prince Piotr Galitzine and his wife Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, married Alexandra Pollitt - and it (unexpectedly) looks like everyone and their children/parents/cousins/[insert relation here] attended. This week's Point de Vue has pictures of Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien, Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha as well as their son Prince Josef, Princess Marie-Astrid as well as her children Archduchess Marie-Christine, Archduke Imre and Archduke Alexander, Prince Jean and Countess Diane at the wedding celebrations in Brussels. More Luxembourg and Liechtenstein guests not impossible.

Henri Awards Civil and Military Order of Adolphe of Nassau

Photo: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa with public
figures receiving the Civil and Military Order of Adolphe of Nassau /
© Cour grand-ducale / Marc Schoentgen / tous droits réservés
On the 20th, Grand Duke Henri awarded the Civil and Military Order of Adolphe of Nassau for 2017, with Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also in attendance for the event. Those receiving the Order included the following: members of the Luxembourg Army (including Military Music members), members of the Police grand-ducale, staff members of the Cour grand-ducale, members of government administration, and members of the Suites grand-ducales.

Additionally, a number of public figures (shown above in the photograph) received the Order, including Guy Wagner of the Banque de Luxembourg, Lihong Zhou of the Bank of China's Luxembourg branch, economist Maria Nowak, Luxembourg-based dentist Maria Teresa Weitzel, physician Dr. Yves Lammar, BGL BNP Paribas Director Carlo Thelen, Banque de Luxembourg CEO Pierre Ahlborn,  and Luxembourg judo Olympian Marie Muller, among others.

On the same day, Grand Duke Jean also presented the same order to a member of his staff, at Château de Fischbach.

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends Circular Economy Luxembourg

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended a conference that is part of the three days of events associated with Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot 2017. The event will showcase changes made in Luxembourg during the past two years. Luxembourg continues to work toward having a circular economy that will maximize both sustainability and profitability.

The largest part of the three-day event will focus on networking and visits to innovative companies putting these ideas into practice. This will showcase how other businesses and sectors can be engines for change. Part of the goal of Circular Economy is to engage political and social leaders. To further this goal Grand Duke Henri also received architect William McDonough at the palais.  Mr. McDonough, who specialises in sustainable development, will deliver at speech on innovation and progress at the Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot.

We'll update once photographs and more information about the event are released.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Musical Honors at Schloss Vaduz

On the 19th, Schloss Vaduz welcomed Christian Hemmerle from the Liechtensteiner Verband (LBV) to receive honors for his musical contributions. Specifically, Hemmerle received the ÖBV Silver Cross, given to him directly by ÖBV President Horst Baumgartner. ÖBV Vice-Presidents Wolfram Baldauf and Erich Riegler were also in attendance. During his visit to Schloss Vaduz, Hemmerle also met with Prince Hans-Adam.

A little more information from Volksblatt. Photos will be added if they're made available.

Hereditary Princess Sophie Attends Annual Podium Concert

Photo: JM / Volksblatt /
On the 19th, Hereditary Princess Sophie was present at the annual podium concert for young musicians, with Maestro Graziano Mandozzi once again at the helm. This represents the 15th season for the event, with the main performance held at the TAK in Schaan and other regional performances held around Liechtenstein. Hereditary Princess Sophie also gave out certificates to the performances at the end of the event.

A little more from Volksblatt.

Grand Duke Jeans Celebrates Lions Club

Photo: H. Montaigu / Luxemburger Tageblatt /
On Saturday, Grand Duke Jean was on hand to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International and the 50th anniversary of the Luxembourgish branch of the world's largest service organisation. The occasion was marked by an academic session also attended by the President of Parliament Mars di Bartolomeo. More pictures at Tageblatt.

Grand Duke Receives Architect William McDonough

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri received American architect William McDonough for an audience at the palais. Mr McDonough, who specialises in sustainable development, will deliver at speech on innovation and progress at the Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot, a three-day event bringing together over 200 delegates from Europe and beyond to demonstrate how enterprises and other stakeholders can be an engine for change. The Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot will also count Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume among its guests, more on that once we have pictures.

Grand Duke Meets Estonian Prime Minister

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Grand Duke Henri received the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, for an audience at the palais earlier today. Mr Ratas is currently on a working visit to the Grand Duchy. Totally unrelated but in more interesting Estonia-Luxembourg news, the Grand Duchy is to host the first 'data embassy' on its territory, planning to store sensitive data for the Estonian government on servers in the Grand Duchy. More on that from Wort.