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.

Grand Duke Celebrates

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On Thursday last week, Grand Duke Henri was on hand to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ënnerdaach a.s.b.l. Since its foundation in 1992, Ënnerdaach tries to combate homelessness by providing poor families with adequate housing at a modest price for a given period of time. Another picture of the academic session at the cour.

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends Music Competition

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas
On Sunday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the final of the Grand Prix Anne et Françoise Groben. Organised by the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, one of the patronages of the Hereditary Grand Duke, the music competition rewards young musicians and singers from Luxembourg aged 15 to 30. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was accompanied by the state secretary for culture, Guy Arendt, for the occasion.