Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Couple of Things We Missed

Occasionally, some events slip by, unnoticed at the time but still worth mentioning after the fact.

Photo: Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
On May 9th, Hereditary Prince Alois attended the 11th Entrepreneur Day event, with the theme "Success With New Business Models." The event saw approximately 600 attendees from Liechtenstein, Austria, and Switzerland, with a range of speakers that included German economist Hans-Werner Sinn, Swiss business writer Alexander Osterwalder, and German neuropsychologist Lutz Jäncke.

More about the event here and here, and photos here.

Additionally, on May 14th (Whit Saturday) Prince Hans-Adam officially received the European Charles IV Award from the Sudeten German Homeland Association, as announced. The award was given in Nuremberg, Germany, at the Sudeten German congress. A heavily watermarked photo here.

Liechtenstein Attendance at the Haberler Conference

Photo: Forum Freie Gesellschaft / forum-freie-gesellschaft.de
On May 20th, Prince Philipp and Prince Michael were in attendance at the 12th annual International Gottfried von Haberler Conference at the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. The event, organized into three sessions, was focused around the theme "Über Zentralbanken, Schuldenpolitik und den geprellten Bürger" ("Central Banks, Fiscal Policy and the Betrayed Citizen"). Prince Michael gave the opening address and the farewell address. The annual conference is organized by ECAEF, or the European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.

More about the conference here and here, as well as a video here.

For previous blog posts about the Haberler conference, see here, here, and here on the blog.

UPDATE: It turns out that Prince Hans-Adam and Prince Nikolaus were also at the conference.

Princess Nora at the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee

On Monday, Princess Nora attended a meeting of the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee (LOC), during which Isabel Fehr was chosen as the new president of the organization. The previous president, Leo Kranz, stepped down on April 23rd but was selected as an honorary member of the Liechtenstein committee during Monday's event. Princess Nora also gave a speech, commenting positively on the long-time hard work of LOC members.

A little more information here. No photos of Nora at this time, but they'll be added if they're made available.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Princess Margaretha Attends Concours Reine Élisabeth

On Saturday, Princess Margaretha was in Brussels to attend the Concours Reine Élisabeth, along with Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and her daughter Princess Elisabeth. This event, among the most prestigious music competitions in the world, features competitors for violin, piano, voice, and cello. (Previously, composers also competed, up until 2012.) Princess Margaretha was there for the piano finals.

For previous attendances - and attendees - at the Concours Reine Élisabeth, see here on the blog.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Guests at Prince Noah`s First Communion

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
A completely unsorted and incomplete list of the guests at Prince Noah's first communion:

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg
Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa of Luxembourg

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg

Prince Louis of Luxembourg
Princess Tessy of Luxembourg
Prince Gabriel of Nassau
Prince Noah of Nassau

Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg
Prince Paul-Louis of Nassau
Prince Léopold of Nassau
Princess Charlotte of Nassau
Prince Jean of Nassau

Archduke Imre of Austria
Archduchess Kathleen of Austria
Archduchess Maria-Stella of Austria
Archduchess Magdalena of Austria

Hélène Vestur, former wife of Prince Jean

Prince Albert-Henri de Merode
Princess Marie-Christine de Merode
Prince Louis de Merode
Princess Marie-Blanche de Merode
Prince Tassilo de Merode

Diego Fernández de Córdova y Cerveró
Eleonore de Potesta, granddaughter of Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg
Rafael Fernández de Córdova y de Potesta

Charles-Louis de Potesta, grandson of Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg

Elisabeth de Potesta, granddaughter of Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg

François Antony, Princess Tessy's father
Régine Antony, Princess Tessy's mother

Patty de Kroon, Princess Tessy's sister

Ronny Antony, Princess Tessy's brother

Madame Heidemann, Princess Tessy's grandmother

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Brotherhood of the Travelling Tie

Photos: Christian Aschman / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Remember our post from about a year ago? About Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Félix and Prince Louis, a.k.a. the "Brothers in Ties", wearing (and possibly sharing) the same tie?
Photo: Roland Miny / Pressphoto.RTL.lu
Well, we got a new member for brotherhood of the travelling tie: Grand Duke Henri himself! He sported the same Nassau-coloured as his sons did on previous occasions for his grandson Noah's communion this morning.
And you know the funniest thing of it all? Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume wore the tie this afternoon for the 125th anniversary of the Nassau-Luxembourg dynasty. Three possible scenarios: 
1) "Oh papa, you are wearing the same tie? Let me change into another one but I'll wear this one in the afternoon to change things up!" 
2) "Oh papa, your tie really looks more Nassau than mine! Can I borrow your's for this afternoon?" 
3) "Oh papa, some wine spilled over my tie, can I borrow your's for this afternoon? It also looks very Nassau-esque!"

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Supports Friendship Luxembourg

On Friday evening, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended an academic session the mark the 10th anniversary of Friendship Luxembourg. In 2002, Runa Khan was part of founding Friendship in Bangladesh, which focuses on supporting many of the poorest people living in that country. Then in 2004, the Grand Duchess visited Bangladesh, and the idea of a branch in Luxembourg was born. Friendship Luxembourg, founded in 2006, works to support the efforts of Friendship in Bangladesh by putting the same organizational values into practice.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Celebrate Nassau Dynasty in Schengen

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
After Prince Noah's first communion and family luncheon at Château de Berg, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were off to Schengen. What they did there? Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Nassau-Luxembourg dynasty with some guests from Germany (and a year late, for those who will tell me in an instant that Duke Adolph of Nassau indeed became Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 1890.)

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
The guests from Germany was the Bürgergarde from the city of Weilburg, ancestral home of the Grand Ducal Family. The 'civil guard', a guard of honour, was founded on the occasion of the wedding of Duke Wilhelm of Nassau (1792-1839) and Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1794-1825), great-great-great-great-grandparents - I hope I haven't forgotten anyone - of the Hereditary Grand Duke.

In Schengen, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume inspected the guard of honour from Weilburg and hopped on the MS Princesse Marie-Astrid together with his wife and several dignitaries to witness a ceremony to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dynasty Weilburg-Nassau. Afterwards, the Hereditary Grand Duke (who changed into one of his Nassau-coloured ties from this morning) and the Hereditary Grand Duchess (who wore the same dress by Temperley London) unveiled a memorial plague near a lime tree from Weilburg, which was planted last fall. To round off the day, the grand ducal duo opened a travelling exhibition entitled "Dynastie Luxemburg-Nassau". The exhibition will be shown in 18 Luxembourgish municipalities and Weilburg over the coming months.

Heaps of visuals of the event at RTL and Wort. RTL also has a video as does HR inluding a very short German interview with Guillaume and Stéphanie.

Official Pictures of Prince Noah's Communion

Prince Noah celebrated his first communion today and the cour released a few official photographs of the day. More information about all the things going on in our previous post. Looking at the pictures, it seems that Grand Duke Jean, Prince Félix and Princess Claire did not attend the celebrations, same goes for Archduke Carl-Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid - here's hoping everyone is well!

All photos by: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet.


Prince Noah Celebrates First Communion

All photos: Luc Deflorenne / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
How time flies! This morning, Prince Noah, the second son of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy received his First Communion at the parish church of Nommern in the canton of Mersch not far from Colmar-Berg. The mass was presided over by Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich and concelebrated by the Archbishop emeritus Fernand Franck, the grand ducal chaplain François Muller, priest Albert Franck of Gilsdorf, as well as the curate of the parishes of Mersch priest Romain Richer and Father Alexander Ezechukwu. The master of the ceremonies was priest Jean-Pierre Reiners. Altar servers were children from the parishes of Dudelange, Erpeldange/Bous, Lipperscheid, Tuntange and Welfrange. 

The mass started at 10am this morning and included music by the Chorale de Fischbach under the direction of John Daems, trumpet player Guy Conter from Esch-sur-Alzette and organist Marc Loewen of the parish churches in Bridel and Lintgen.
Naturally the day brought out an array of members of the Grand Ducal Family, relatives and friends. Present to witness the occasion were (at least): Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa; Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie; Prince Louis and Princess Tessy with Prince Gabriel and the star of the day himself, Prince Noah. In addition, there were Archduke Imre with wife Archduchess Kathleen and daughters Maria-Stella and Magdalena; Prince Jean's former wife Hélène Vestur; Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla with their four children and members of Princess Tessy's family. 

Also among the guests: Prince Albert-Henri and Princess Marie-Christine de Merode with their children Louis, Marie-Blanche and Tassilo; Eleonore de Potesta with husband Diego Fernández de Córdova y Cerveró and son Rafael; Charles-Louis de Potesta; Lady Elizabeth Anson; as well as William and Rosie Stancer with son Jock. (We'll make a proper guest list once more pictures of the day have become available.)

For now, check Wort and RTL for the first visuals of the day. Late this afternoon, the cour will also release pictures from the churches interior - so make sure to check back this evening or tomorrow!