Friday, November 16, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Birthday Celebrations, War Commemorations and More

November 10 to 16, 2018

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
This week, much of Europe and the world was busy marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. At the invitation of French President Macron, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess attended several events in France marking Armistice Day alongside fellow world leaders, including the official remembrance service at the Arc de Triomphe as well as a visit to the Musée d'Orsay, on November 11. More at the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Later the same day, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also attended a Luxembourg-based commemoration service at the Gëlle Fra, a war memorial dedicated to the thousands of Luxembourgers who volunteered for service in the armed forces of the Allied Powers during World War I, in the Place de la Constitution. The cour has more visuals.
Photo: Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On Tuesday, Grand Duke Henri was on hand to pay a visit to the Salon 2018 du Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg organised as part of Luxembourg Art Week. Founded in 1893, the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg (CAL) is an association which brings together painters, sculptors, engravers and other creators in the visual arts, professional or amateur. More pictures at the cour.

Also on Tuesday, Prince Guillaume visited Alsace for the inauguration of the new Humanist Library of Sélestat. The building was closed for nearly four and a half years with about 14 million euros invested to renovate the famous library.
On Thursday, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were among the guests for the 70th birthday celebrations of the Prince of Wales. Unfortunately no official pictures of the guests at the event hosted at Buckingham Palace are available.
Photo: IKR
Meanwhile in Liechtenstein on Thursday, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl at Schloss Vaduz. The Minister of Foreign Affairs visited the Principality for a working visit and also met with various other dignitaries.

On Friday, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in a conference organised by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society under the topic "Bridging humanity for inclusive progress". During the course of the conference taking place Paris, the Grand Duchess spoke of her social and humanitarian work as well as the upcoming conference StandSpeakRiseUp.
Speaking of the Grand Duchess... Also this week, she launched her own website. And even though I did read the official explanation why, I couldn't help but wonder: Why though? A special section on the official website, sure. Maybe generally giving the cour's website a makeover, sure. But another website? I just don't get it. Yours truly will bookmark it anyway to see if there will be any interesting updates.

In unfortunately picture-less news, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla also attended a gala dinner for BIG against breast cancer at the Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels sometime this week. (No) more information here.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Conferences, Audiences, and More

November 3rd-November 9th, 2018

In this week's Weekly Roundup, we start by digging a little into the past to include an event that Grand Duke Henri conducted at the end of October. He visited the Oikopolis center in Munsbach for an agricultural fair, at the invitation of the coopérative Biobauere Lëtzebuerg (BIOG). Along with the Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection, Fernand Etgen, the Grand Duke learned more about the organic farming initiatives in Luxembourg. A number of photos at the link.

Meanwhile in Liechtenstein, on the 5th Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed Swiss Federal Council President Karin Keller-Sutter and President of the National Council Dominique de Buman. They were invited by the President of the Landtag Albert Frick and also met with him to discuss public transportation across the two countries' borders, as well as migration.

Photo: © Paul Trummer / TravelLightart / Vaterland /
We also catch up with Archduke Carl Christian (husband of Marie Astrid), who on November 7th headlined a conference at the Lycée de l'Immaculée Conception, in Laval, France. The conference was entitled "Le bienheureux Charles d’Autriche et Zita, témoins pour notre temps" ("Blessed Charles of Austria and Zita, witnesses for our time"). No photos from the event at this time.

On November 8th, Grand Duke Henri had two events. During the first, he received in audience the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). On the 8th and 9th, the Commissariat aux assurances (CAA) hosts the 25th annual conference of the IAIS in Kirchberg. The event drew around 500 attendees to explore the larger focus of "Re-imagining Insurance." 

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
After that, the Grand Duke received Carlo Hansen, who is the President of the Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg (Young Scientists Foundation Luxembourg), and Max Arendt, the winner of the 47th annual contest "Jonk Fuerscher" for his project "R.A.M. - A robot that could change the world."

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
On Friday the 9th, Grand Duke Henri received René Friederici, the new Luxembourg President of the Rotary BELUX District 1630. (The role of President rotates to someone from Luxembourg every five years.) The purpose of the Rotary club is to encourage community service opportunities and promote business and professional ethics.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Humanitarian Mission to Lebanon and More

October 28 to November 2, 2018

Welcome to a slightly belated Weekly Roundup, so let's get right into it.
Photo: Sophie Margue / Cour grand-ducale
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa travelled to Libanon this week for a humanitarian mission. During the three-day trip she met with the President, President of Parliament and Prime Minister of the country. On the first day, she also visited the Rafik Hariri University Hospital and met with employees of Unicef and the Red Cross. 
Photo: Paul Schirnhofer / Cour grand-ducale
On the second day, the Grand Duchess visited Arceniel, which "supports Lebanon’s most underprivileged and marginalised communities, regardless of religion, political affiliation or nationality" and a refugee camp in Bar Elias. She also paid a visit to a Caritas safehouse for victims of sexual abuse in preparation for the conference she will be hosting on the topic next year in Luxembourg.
Photo: Sophie Margue / Cour grand-ducale
More pictures at the cour here and here as well as Wort and Tageblatt. RTL also has a video.
Back home in Luxembourg, there wasn't too much going on this week. On Friday, Grand Duke Henri, Archduchess Marie-Astrid as well as Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla with their children Léopold and Charlotte attended the attended traditional All Souls' Day mass at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame to honour the deceased members of the Grand Ducal Family. More pictures at the cour.
Photo: IKR
Last but not least: A quick addition to last week's Roundup: On October 26, Hereditary Prince Alois  met Guy Parmelin, Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports of the Swiss National Council. More info at Vaterland.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Weekly Roundup: A Harvest Festival, an Anniversary Photo, and More

It's Weekly Roundup time at Luxarazzi! It was a fairly full week of events, with a good balance from the royals of both Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

To get started, we'll include a photo of Hereditary Princess Sophie, in tiara and a vibrant gown, at the recent Württemberg / Andigné wedding:

Photo: Point de Vue
And in the spirit of catching up from last week, here's a photo Princess Astrid attending the Casita Maria Fiesta 2018 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on October 16th. She was photographed with socialite Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos.

Embed from Getty Images

Between the 18th and the 20th, Prince Robert attended the 2018 New York Wine Experience, during which he shared highlights from Château Haut-Brion's 500-year history, while one of the company's wine director's discussed several significant vintages from 1998 to 2005. (No photo of Prince Robert from the event, unfortunately.)

Also, in honor of their sixth wedding anniversary, the Cour instagram page released a photo of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie.

On Sunday the 21st, Prince Félix was present for the 11th annual "Hunnefeier," which is a celebration that marks the end of the harvest within the Moselle valley. That region is known primarily for wine production. The event was organized primarily by the Syndicat d'Initiative de Schengen.

Photo: © Uli Fielitz / Cour grand-ducale
That same day, the 21st, Princess Claire attended "Marathon Indoor Cycling" to honor World Organ Donor Day. The Princess has been a patron of Luxembourg Transplant since January of 2016.

Photo: © Paul Foguenne / Cour grand-ducale
On the 25th, Grand Duke Henri attended an academic session to honor the 150th anniversary of the Institut Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg. The event included a performance by "Quatuor Lecuit," with the selected pieces focusing on Luxembourgish composers.

Photo: © Vic Fischbach / Cour grand-ducale
Over at Schloss Vaduz, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed young adults who were born in the year 2000 and who have now reached, or will soon reach, voting age. The event began with a formal ceremony that also included Prime Minister Adrian Hasler and Deputy Prime Minister Daniel Risch. The young people were divided into two groups: 136 Unterländer and 183 Oberländer, from the lower and upper regions of Liechtenstein.

Photo: Roland Korner / Close Up AG / Vaterland /
Thursday the 25th was Digitaltag (Digital Day) in Vaduz, and Hereditary Prince Alois popped in to explore the information from different vendors and, specifically, take a look at Whatsapp. He also attended the presentation "Challenges in education" later in the afternoon. The event welcomed around 1000 people at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.

Photo: Mahler Silvan / Vaterland /
Also during the week, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed attendees of the first annual Conference of Cantonal Police Commanders of Switzerland (Konferenz der Kantonalen Polizeikommandanten der Schweiz, or KKPKS), which was held in Vaduz.

Photo: Landespolizei des Fürstentums Liechtenstein /
And the Hereditary Prince wrapped up the week when Swiss Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, head of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport, paid a courtesy visit to Schloss Vaduz. This was the Parmelin's first official visit to Liechtenstein, and he also met with other members of government to discuss civil protection.

Photo: lie:zeit /
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Fashion Focus : September 23rd - October 22nd

On September 23rd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended an event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Collège Médical, she wore her fuschia Paule Ka dress.

Photo: Collège médical / Vincent Flamion
Photo: Paule Ka

On September 24th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the official opening of Centre Pour le Développement des Apprentissages "Grande Duchesse Maria Teresa". She wore a Paule Ka top with a matching Paule Ka jacket.

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue / tous droits réservés
Photo: Paule Ka
Photo: Paule Ka
Later in the day, she joined Grand Duke Henri to open the Maison du Livre. She wore an Armani dress that she already owns in orange.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Marion Dessard / tous droits réservés

Photo: Armani
Hereditary Princess Sophie attended an academic session organised by her foundation. I think she might have been wearing an Emilio Pucci dress (similar dress pictured).
Photo: IKR

Photo: Lyst
On September 30th, the Grand Ducal family attended the wedding of Countess Anna of Arco-Zinnerberg and Colin McKenzie in Bavaria. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new dress by Carolina Herrera.
Photo: Carolina Herrera

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore the same outfit she wore on the first day of the Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg earlier this year: a Natan dress and a Les Folies Bibis hat.

Photo: Bunte

Photo: Natan
Photo: Les Folies Bibis

Princess Claire wore a Michael Kors dress.

Photo: Bunte

Photo: Boozt

On October 13th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the first "Lux4Good" hackathon. She wore a new Etro top (similar model pictured) with a Fendi bag.
Photo:  Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Farfetch

Photo: Lyst

Meanwhile, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the 2018 Home & Living Expo where Stéphanie wore a Paule Ka dress and a Paule Ka jacket.

Photo: Marie De Decker
Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Paule Ka

On October 14th, members of the Grand Ducal family went to vote in the general election. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a new Karen Millen coat (with thanks to @polkapoppins)
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini

Photo: Karen Millen

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Württemberg/Andigné Wedding

Photo: Münchner Abendzeitung
On Saturday, Duchess Sophie of Württemberg and Count Maximilien d'Andigné celebrated their religious wedding at Schloss Tegernsee in Bavaria. The bride is daughter of Duke Philipp of Württemberg and his wife née Duchess Marie-Caroline in Bavaria and thus a niece of Hereditary Princess Sophie. 
Photo: Merkur
So it is no surprise that the Hereditary Princess was among the guests of the nuptials accompanying her uncle Duke Franz of Bavaria, head of the Wittelsbach family, into the church. Naturally, Hereditary Princess Sophie's parents, Duke Max and Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, were also present. While pictures are pretty hard to come by, we also spied two of Sophie's sons, Princes Georg (third from right in the first picture) and Nikolaus (for from left), at the wedding as well. I wouldn't be surprised if more Liechtensteins were present for the festivities. Keep your fingers crossed for some more and better pictures to come up sometime soon.

More pictures at Münchner Abendzeitung and Merkur.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Baby News: Another Girl for Imre and Katie

Archduke Imre, oldest son of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, and Archduchess Kathleen welcomed their third child about a week ago. The baby girl called Juliana was born on October 14. She joins older sisters Maria-Stella and Magdalena in in the family home. Little Juliana is the 15th great-grandchild of Grand Duke Jean.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Election Stuff, A Missing Beard and More

October 12 to 19, 2018

Let's catch up with everything royal that happened in Luxembourg and Liechtenstein this past week! As we are still trying to figure out how to improve the Weekly Roundup thing, let us know what you think and what you would like us to do differently. Simply leave us a comment below, send us an e-mail or contact us via social media. And now without much further ado...
Photo: Marie De Decker
On Saturday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were back in Luxembourg to visit the opening of the Home & Living Expo 2018. The fair focuses on decorating, design as well as architecture and features some 300 designers from the Greater Region, meaning Luxembourg plus the surrounding parts of Germany, France and Belgium with the couple possibly scooping up some ideas for their new London home. More pictures at the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini
Guillaume continued to make us feel like it is 2008 all over again with his clean-shaven look when he joined Stéphanie for the Night of Museums on Saturday night. The duo visited the Villa Vauban, the Mudam and the Musée Drai Eechelen. Loads more pictures at the cour. Et mais oui, Team Beard all the way!
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Meanwhile at the Technoport in Esch-Belval, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa assisted at the first hackathon "Lux4Good" also on Saturday. The goal of a hackathon is to create usable software or hardware with the goal of creating a functioning product by the end of the event - or so Wikipedia says. This event brought together six teams competing for 24 hours, for good. Launched from scratch, the event aimed at bringing innovative ideas to life. Photos at the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini
On Sunday, Grand Duke Jean, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Prince Félix made sure to cast their vote in the general election. (Why yes, they do.) I expect that the rest of the family also did via postal vote though Félix being there and his lovely wife not, probably means that Claire is not a Luxembourgish citizen (yet). Check the cour for more visuals.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
The general election also meant that Grand Duke Henri was busy for the first half of the week meeting with the who is who of Luxembourgish politics including the President of Parliament, the Prime Minister and all heads of the parties that were elected into the national parliament. While his party didn't get the most votes, it looks like we will continue to see loads of Prime Minister Bettel on this blog as his coalition still has a majority in parliament and he has been mandated by the Grand Duke to form a government. Photos of all the audiences at the cour.
Photos: Solistes Européens Luxembourg (SEL)
On Monday, the Grand Duke attended the concert La machine de Mälzel et le métronome of the Solistes Européens Luxembourg (SEL) under the direction of Christoph König and with violin soloist Caroline Widmann. The cour has more.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On Tuesday, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visited the opening of the exhibition "Sur l'eau / On Water" showing the works of photographers Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Philippe Bourseiller - and they look mighty happy doing so, see more at the cour.
Photo: Claude Sibenaler
Grand Duke Henri also enjoyed watching a round of tennis this week. On Wednesday, he was among the spectators of the quarter final match between Dayana Yastremska and Garbiñe Muguruza at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open 2018, one of his patronages.

In other, non-visual news, Prince Louis' and Princess Tessy's divorce seem to be heading towards its finalisation. The couple were granted a decree nisi in February 2017 and the judge is expected to make a ruling in the near future. More at The Times.

While it has been relatively silent on the Liechtenstein front of things this week, Prince Hans-Adam II did pay a visit to Princeton University on Thursday to attend a seminar by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) entitled "The Future of Migration Within and From the African Continent: Lessons for Europe". Not pictures available yet.