Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Grand Duke Henri Receives US Ambassador

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On June 19th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience the new United States ambassador, J. Randolph Evans, for the presentation of credentials. He becomes the 23rd ambassador from the U.S. to the Grand Duchy. Upon this event, the new ambassador to Luxembourg made the following statement: "Serving as Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a great honour. Luxembourg is a beautiful country. My wife, Linda, and I are looking forward to our time here and getting to know the Luxembourgish people. I am ready to get to work to continue to support the wonderful relationship that exists between our two countries and to work together to strengthen and develop even better relationships than ever before."

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie Try Glass Blowing

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the glass blowing workshop of Pascale Seil this afternoon. Seil is the only female glass blower in the Grand Duchy and will exhibit her work in the upcoming De Mains de Maîtres (Of Master's Hands) exhibition. The second edition of the exhibition was launched by the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess together with together with the Chamber of Trade and the Ministries of Economy and Culture earlier this year.
Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort /
While at the glass blowing workshop, Guillaume and Stéphanie also tried their hand at the handicraft - and judging by the pictures, they seemed to have a lot of fun. During the course of the visit, it was also announced that Luxembourg will be next year's guest country at the Paris-basedfine craft and creation fair Révélations.

More pictures of the day at Wort.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Henri and Maria Teresa Remember Deportation Trains

Photo: Editpress / Tania Feller /
On the 17th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were present to commemorate 75 years after the last deportation train left Luxembourg. The event also included a memorial to the victims on the site of the first synagogue in the Grand Duchy, with a plaque that recalled the 658 Jewish men, women, and children who were deported between 1941 and 1943; the last train departed on the 17th of June in 1943.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was also in attendance.

Information and a few more photos at

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hereditary Prince Welcomes OECD Global Forum

Photo: IKR
The Global Forum of the OECD, the premier international body for ensuring the implementation of the internationally agreed standards of transparency and exchange of information in the tax area, held a meeting in Liechtenstein earlier this week. A delegation of members was welcomed by Hereditary Prince Alois at Schloss Vaduz

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends 2018 Export Awards

Photo: Charles Caratini / Chambre de Commerce
On June 13th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was present at the 2018 Export Awards, which were held at the Chambre de Commerce in Kirchberg. The award, created in 2011, is given out to small- and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); for the 2018 prize, 21 companies were part of the judging. The first-place winner this year was LuxScan Technologies, with second place going to Wood Optic Diffusion, and third prize given to LuxPrototyping.

Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna.

Information from and no more pictures at the cour

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fashion Focus: May 28th - June 13th

We start this new Fashion Focus post with two old finds! I discovered that Princess Alexandra wore a sweater by Essentiel Antwerp during the state visit to Japan back in November 2017. It was one of the few outfits Alexandra didn't borrow from her mother during this visit.

Photo: SIP / Charles Caratini

Photo: Lyst

I also found out that Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore an embellished Max Mara top when she and Grand Duke Henri attended APEMH anniversary on May 3rd.

Photo: Charles Caratini / APEMH

Photo: Lyst

On May 31st, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 30th anniversary of Luxembourg Air Rescue. Maria Teresa wore a new teal dress by Paule Ka ( one of Stéphanie's favorite brand) with a matching Bottega Veneta clutch and nude Prada pumps.

Photo: Guy Jallay/ Luxembourg Wort/

Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Tradesy

Photo: Lyst
On June 1st, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the House of Startups opening. Maria Teresa also welcomed Jadranka Miličević in an audience at the Grand-Ducal Palace. Maria Teresa wore another Paule Ka outfit, this time a pink trench coat with a matching pink dress underneath.

Photo: House of Startups

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés

Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Paule Ka

On June 2nd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the memorial for the Secretary of State. Maria Teresa wore a custom-made Yves Dooms outfit with her Bottega Veneta clutch and black pumps.

Photo: Guy Jallay/ Luxembourg Wort/

Photo: Bottega Veneta
On June 2nd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited flood victims. Maria Teresa wore a new purple Burberry trench coat.

Photo: Guy Jallay/ Luxembourg Wort/

Photo: Neiman Marcus

On June 4th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended a conference. Stéphanie wore an old Natan top based on the dress pictured below.

Photo: Kary Photography

Photo: Natan

On June 5th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a war medicine conference. It's hard to be 100% sure but I believe she wore a Paule Ka jacket and a matching Paule Ka top.

Photo: Ville de Dudelange – Roberto Santoprete

Photo: Paule Ka
Photo: Paule Ka

On June 5th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the MUDAM's Patron's Night. She wore a new blue top with her Gucci handbag.

Photo: Mike Zenari / Mudam Luxembourg 

Photo: Gucci

On June 6th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 35th anniversary of Déi Gréng. Maria Teresa wore a new Paule Ka dress, the purple version of the teal dress she debuted at the beginning of the month.
Photo: David Laurent
Photo: Paule Ka
On June 6th, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie paid an official visit to Ukraine and met the Presidential couple. Sophie wore a Dolce & Gabbana dress with a Chanel bag.

Photo: Mykola Lazarenko

Photo: Farfetch

Photo: Tradesy

On June 12th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the Kräizbierg Foundation. Stéphanie wore a new white top with her Sergio Rossi clutch and her Castaner wedges.

Photo: René Scho / RTL /

Photo: Sergio Rossi

Photo: Castaner

Finally, I have an ID for Princess Sibilla! I'm not sure of the date but Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla attended a dinner in Brussels recently. Sibilla wore a blue Georges Hobeika gown.

Photo: Violaine Le Hardÿ de Beaulieu

Photo: Georges Hobeika

What did you think of these outfits? Fashion Focus will be back next week for a National Day special edition! 

Hereditary Grand Duchess at Mudam

 Mike Zenari / Mudam Luxembourg
Last Tuesday, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the annual Patron's Evening at the MUDAM. This event is organized to thank patrons, sponsors and donors of the museum. Stephanie is a member of the museum's Board of Directors.

The Hereditary Grand Duchess also welcomed Suzanne Cotter as the new General Director of the museum.

More photos are available on the Facebook page of the museum.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Baby News: A Boy for Marie-Gabrielle and Antonius

Princess Marie-Gabrielle, only daughter of Prince Jean and his former wife Hélène Vestur, and husband Antonius Willms welcomed a baby boy earlier this month. Little Zeno was born on June 5, 2018. Zeno is a common name within the Goëss-Saurau family and, among others, the second given name of Antonius' maternal grandfather Count Johann Zeno of Goëss-Saurau.

The little boy is the second grandchild of Prince Jean after Prince Constantin became the father of a little boy called Felix in April of this year. The son of Princess Marie-Gabrielle is Grand Duke Jean's 14th grandchild (if I haven't forgotten any, it's getting difficult as I only have two hands to count...)

Princess Marie-Gabrielle and Antonius Willms celebrated their civil wedding in May last year in Luxembourg followed by the religious wedding in Marbella, Spain, in early September.

Hereditary Prince Alois Celebrates 50th Birthday

Photo: Michael Zanghel­lini / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /
Hereditary Prince Alois celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday - all the best, Your Serene Highness! As the Liechtensteins tend to do, the Hereditary Prince gave several interviews marking the occasion. Volksblatt offers the first few questions (and answers, of course) of the interview freely available on their website. Unfortunately, we aren't as lucky with Vaterland. We will see if the full interviews will pop up at a later point in time.

There was no official reception for the birthday at Schloss Vaduz yesterday as Hereditary Prince Alois opted to celebrate with his family. His most expensive birthday present likely came from the Liechtenstein government though who - in accordance with the Hereditary Prince's wishes - donated 25,000 Swiss francs (about 21,000 Euros) in his name to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Support the Kräizbierg Foundation

Photo: René Scho / RTL /
Earlier today, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie paid a visit to the Kräizbierg Foundation, which aims to integrate people with handicaps into society and the job market. The event saw the presentation of certificates of the Kräizbierg training centre, as well as the deserving staff of the foundation.
Photo: René Scho / RTL /
The Hereditary Grand Duke's association with the Fondation Kräizbierg is a long-standing one. He served as the President of the Board of Directors from 2000, one of his first new roles after becoming first in line to the throne, until his resignation in 2011 due to an otherwise increasing workload of official duties. At the time of his resignation, Guillaume noted that he enjoyed his role with the foundation and would continue to dedicate his time and support to the foundation in his new role as Honorary President of the Board of Directors. He has remained true to his word and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of the Foundation.

A large gallery of visuals of the day at RTL.