Saturday, February 18, 2017

Princess Nora Helps Welcome IOC President to Liechtenstein

On the 17th, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was in Liechtenstein to visit that country's National Olympic Committee (NOC). IOC Member Princess Nora was there to welcome him for his visit. President Bach presented the NOC President with a trophy, met with several Olympic athletes from Liechtenstein, and toured the State Museum's current Olympics exhibit.

A little more from the Olympic Games website.

Members of the Grand Ducal Family at Belgian Mass

Photo: BestImage
Archduchess Marie-Astrid and husband Carl-Christian, Princess Margaretha as well as Prince Guillaume and wife Sibilla all attended a mass to commemorate the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk or Église Notre-Dame - depending on which of Belgium's major languages you prefer - today. The mass is held annually every February. The members of the Grand Ducal Family joined their Belgian cousin, King Philippe, and Queen Mathilde as well as Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea for the mass.

More pictures as PPE and Pure People.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fashion Friday: February 1 - February 16, 2017

First, I want to thank the team of Luxarazzi for asking me to join them and welcoming me so nicely, I'm very pleased to join this team! Fashion Friday will come twice a month with a recap about the Grand Ducal (and Princely) fashion. So let's start with our first Fashion Friday from February 1 to February 16!

On February 2, Guillaume and Stéphanie visited Okkasiounbuttik. Stéphanie wore a new olive green belted jacket with her Diane Von Furstenberg clutch, she has worn that clutch several times before.
Photo : ©Claude Piscitelli/ Luxemburger Wort/


On February 7th , Guillaume and Stéphanie received two members of the CONNECT project at the palace. Stéphanie wore a blue jacket that I cannot identify despite all my efforts. Read more here.
© 2017 Cour Grand-Ducale/tous droits réservés
Maria-Teresa also held audiences at the Palace on the 7th. She wore a matching dress and coat. Unfortunately, I don't know the brand but I really like this outfit!
Photo: © 2017 Cour Grand-Ducale/tous droits réservés
During a visit to MUDAM (Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean) on the 9th, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore the Diane Von Furstenberg 'Fiona' printed dress with black pumps. DVF is one of her favorite brands so it's no surprise seeing her in one of their designs again.
Photo: Christian Aschman / MUDAM


On the 12th, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa wore a black dress during an audience at the palace. Unfortunately, I'd need better photos of the dress to see if there are any details that would make an identification easier but you can read more about the audience here.
© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Tous droits réservés
On the 13th, in Dubai , Stéphanie wore a Issey Miyake orange cardigan/jacket with a white top. She wore orange shoes, which I think are Natan but I can't confirm that yet.
Photo: Pierre Gramegna/Twitter


Also in Dubai for the World Goverment Summit, Stéphanie wore a black pantsuit with a striped collared shirt that I have no information about yet. I do know where her bag is from though! It's a new bag by Paule Ka, another one of her favourite designers.
© Luxembourg for Finance

On the 15th, in Oman, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore an Emporio Armani jacket with a skirt first worn in Morocco in April 2015. I have no other information to bring you for this outfit but you can read a more details about the visit here.
Photo: Pierre Gramegna/Twitter

And that leaves us with the question: What do you think of Stéphanie's and Maria-Teresa's outfits? If I manage to ID anything else, the post will be updated. Otherwise, the next Fashion Friday will be in two weeks with, hopefully, a lot of IDs for you! I hope you'll enjoy this new feature!

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy Officially Divorced

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy are officially divorced. The former couple, who announced their separation just a short while ago, was granted a deree nisi at the Central Family Court in London today. The divorce was obtained by Princess Tessy on the grounds of "unreasonable behaviour". The divorce will become official in six weeks and one day.

Among the court papers made public was a statement of Princess Tessy signed in January which stated that Prince Louis's behaviour, as set out in her petition, was continuing. 

The paperwork also said that a judge found that Princess Tessy was 'entitled to a decree of divorce, the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the respondent's unreasonable behaviour'.

Details on the "unreasonable behaviour" were not given though it's worth noting that this is a fairly standard term that encompasses truly egregious behaviour to what might otherwise be considered minor irritations that lead to ongoing marital difficulties. This is one of five legally acceptable reasons for divorce in the UK, and one of three that provides for a shorter separation period.

Neither party were present in court. It's unknown how Princess Tessy will be styled in the future.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stay Tuned: Fashion Friday Heading Your Way

We are very excited to introduce a new series to Luxarazzi: Fashion Friday! Behind the scenes we are constantly looking for new ideas for the blog, to make it more interesting for you and us. Fashion is always a popular topic when we discuss it on here or over on Facebook. So why not make it a more regular thing? Thus the idea for Fashion Friday was born - and with it comes a new member for Team Luxarazzi. Let's give a warm welcome to Heaven, who some of you may know from Twitter or her other adventures into the royal fashion world: European Royals Fashion, Princess Marie's Closet and UFO No More.

About twice a month, Fashion Friday will bring you the latest in grand ducal (and occasionally also princely) fashion. Heaven is amazing at identifying designers and she already has a few interesting discoveries of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's recent outfits to share. Once we also see the other ladies of Luxembourg (and Liechtenstein) out and about more again, we will make sure to also cover their fashion choices. If there happens to be a week or two without events or identified designers, we may also look at some past outfits and who the mastermind behind their creation is. Stay tuned: Fashion Friday is heading your way tomorrow - make sure to check back!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Birthday Updates for Princess Alexandra

To mark her 26th birthday, the Cour has updated the online biography of Princess Alexandra. It is now officially known that the princess completed her bachelor's degree in philosophy with a specialization in ethics and anthropology from a university in Paris. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in conflict resolution in Dublin, Ireland.

It is also noted in her updated biography that Princess Alexandra worked for a while in a "journalistic field" while living somewhere in the Middle East and that she did an internship with the Security Council of the United Nations in New York. The princess also volunteers her time to assist refugees, a cause particularly relevant to the Grand Ducal Family as Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was once a refugee herself.

All of us here at Team Luxarazzi hope that Princess Alexandra has a wonderful birthday.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Oman

Photo: ONA
Their third full day in the Middle East led Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie to the Sultanate of Oman. In Mucat, the capital of the country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the grand ducal duo met with Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers to talk bilateral ties between the Grand Duchy and Oman.

Photo: ONA
In addition, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess got a taste of the country by visiting several landmarks like the famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque including the Islamic Sciences Institute, the library, lecture halls and other utilities. 

They also paid a visit to the Royal Opera House (Rohm), where they were briefed on the role it plays in the cultural field and its facilities and the nature of shows presented during its year-round programme. In addition, they also visited the National Museum where they learned about Oman's history when seeing several halls, namely the Earth and Man Hall, Prehistory Hall and Ancient Ages Hall, Hall of Greatness of Islam, Hall of Oman and the Outside World, Renaissance Hall and intangible Heritage Hall.

Pictures of the visit are scattered all over the internet, for example here, here, here and here. The government website also has a small gallery of pictures of the last few days, probably to be updated with more.

Prince Hans-Adam Turns 72

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Prince Hans-Adam II celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday. The Fürst and his wife, Princess Marie, marked the day by receiving the members of government and parliament as well as other dignitaries at Schloss Vaduz. The reception takes place every year on occasion of the Prince's birthday.

More pictures at Vaterland and Volksblatt, videos at ORF and 1 FL TV.

Princess Tessy Becomes UNA-UK Patron

On February 7th, the United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK) announced that Princess Tessy had become an official Patron. She has been acting as an advisor to the organization and in assuming the new role she is taking on what is considered the "highest honorary position" for UNA-UK. The organization works to strengthen the ties between the United Nations and the UK. 

A little more at UNA-UK.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Photo: Sharjah24

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie participated in the second day of the World Government Summit in Dubai today. They attended a FinTech session organised by the UAE Ministry of Finance, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

Photo: Pierre Gramegna / Twitter
Also on the Hereditary Grand Duke's and Hereditary Grand Duchess' agenda today was a meeting with  Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 5th World Government Summit in Dubai. They also exchanged pleasantries with Sheikh Abdullah stressing his country’s keenness to boost relations and co-operation with Luxembourg.

After a day and a half in Dubai, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie apparently moved their financial mission and the accompanying delegation to Abu Dhabi. In the capital of the United Arab Emirates, they met with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and exchanged kind words about their nations' bilateral ties. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Abdul Salam Majali, former Jordanian Prime Minister, and Jordanian Ambassador to the UAE Juma Abdullah Al Aba.