Saturday, February 13, 2016

Alois Hands Out Medals to Young Ski Talents

Photo: Klaus Schaedler / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Being the alpine country they are, Liechtenstein hosted a talent's cup for young skiers earlier this week. Being the small country they are, it was Hereditary Prince Alois who was on hand to hand out the medals to the ski racers aged 12 or younger. More visuals at Vaterland. And to round this off with a fun fact: the Principality is the only nation in the world to have won all its Olympic medals in one event at the Winter Olympics - alpine skiing.

Prince of Liechtenstein Doesn't Have Private E-Mail

Tomorrow is not only Valentine's Day but also the birthday of Prince Hans-Adam II. To mark the occasion, he has given an interview to Liechtensteiner Vaterland, in which he tells that he doesn't have a private e-mail account, has subscriptions to three daily newspapers, mostly reads them on his smartphone and iPad, and more.

A (Non-)Story: Stéphanie and "Kepha Invest"

There have been a few articles in the Italian and Belgian media over the past few days linking Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie to an investment firm called "Kepha Invest" - whether this actually is much of a story in relation to her, see for yourself. More media outlets are actually not bringing up her name as she doesn't really seem to have anything to do with the story per se.

To cut a long story short: The Hereditary Grand Duchess apparently worked for an investment firm called "Kepha Invest", or at least represented them on two occasions in 2010 and 2011 at the palais d'Egmont in Brussels. "Kepha Invest" is related to a charitable foundation called "Kepha" which found many of its donors in Belgium and France - many of them elderly, Catholic and noble. People working for Kepha Invest and the charitable foundation Kepha are now accused to have committed fraud and laundered money. 

An Argentine priest by the name of Patrizio Benvenuti, who was arrested earlier this week, is now claiming he is just the scapegoat of the case as he didn't say anything about the scam as to protect both the Vatican and members of the Gotha. One of the managers of Kepha Invest was Baron Christophe de Fierlant Dormer, who told a few months ago that he was the one who was deceived by Monsignore Benvenuti and his assistent Christian Ventisette. Who was responsible for the scam remains to be seen. Important to note in relation to the Hereditary Grand Duchess is that she had no knowledge of what happened and that she was one of the people deceived, as noted by the various media. More on the story at The Guardian, Reppublica, and DH.

Friday, February 12, 2016

New Pictures of the Grand Ducal Couple

Photos: Cour grand-ducale / Carole Bellaïche
To celebrate their wedding anniversary on Sunday, the cour grand-ducale has published four new pictures of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (in Armani for the colour photograph). The couple tied the knot on Valentine's Day 1981, for a look back have a look at this old edition of Luxarazzi 101. The pictures were taken at  Château de Berg by French photographer Carole Bellaïche.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prince Hans-Adam at the Oxford Union

On the evening of February 5th, Prince Hans-Adam was in England as a guest of the Oxford Union. The Oxford Union website notes the Prince's well-known position on supporting the modern role of royal families, as well as his philanthropy and banking interests as the owner of LGT Banking Group, so it appears that he discussed one or more of these topics with the members. We'll update with more information if it becomes available.

In the meantime, a Twitter photo below, as well as some nice Facebook photos here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Grand Duke (Possibly) Plans to Visit Montenegro

Probably sometime earlier this week, Vladimir Radulovic, the new non-resident ambassador of Montenegro to the Grand Duchy, presented his credentials to Grand Duke Henri, Montenegrin media reports. Interesting to note is the last part of the article, which states that a statement of Montenegro's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration says that "[Grand] Duke Henri has accepted the invitation of the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović, to visit our country". So maybe a state or official visit in the works?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stéphanie Visits "Picasso.Mania" and "Lucien Clergue" in Paris

Photo: Les Amis des Musées
On February 2, Les Amis des Musées visited the "Picasso.Mania" exhibition in Paris. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, who is the patron of the art-loving organisation, accompanied the group for the visit to the Grand Palais. After viewing the exhibition with hundreds of paintings by Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, Luxembourg's ambassador in France, Paul Dühr, hosted the group for lunch. After luncheon, the group including Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie also visited the exhibition "Lucien Clergue".

More visuals at the cour, more information on the website of Luxembourg's ambassador in France.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hereditary Prince Alois Receives Four Ambassadors

Photo: Hereditary Prince Alois with José Borges dos Santos Júnior /
 Information und Kommunikation der Regierung, Vaduz
Today, Hereditary Prince Alois received four ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: José Borges dos Santos Júnior from Brazil, Damir Grbović from the Republic of Montenegro, Breifne O'Reilly from Ireland, and Sang-kyu Lee from Korea.

A little more information about the day's events at Volksblatt.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Autism Foundation

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
This morning, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie paid a visit to the Centre Fondation Autisme (FAL). The FAL was established in 1996 by a group of concerned parents who had gathered to address the lack of structures and services for people of all ages with autism in the Grand Duchy. The main aim of the Centre Fondation Autisme is to promote and defend the rights of persons with autism in Luxembourg, irrespective of the level of their disability. The couple visited the Munshausen site of the foundation which provides accommodation and short-term stays, a day-care centre and summertime activities, holiday camps and leisure activities, as well as administrative assistance to families. 

No visuals as of yet but we'll make sure to add them if any become available. Two pictures can be found on the Facebook page of the cour, another two at Le Quotidien.

Henri Attends Concert of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Photo: Nederlandse ambassade in Luxemburg
Last night, Grand Duke Henri attended a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. On January 1, the Netherlands took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the Grand Duchy. The Dutch orchestra announced that they would give a concert in each of the 28 member states of the European Union during the tenure of their country's presidency, which will end on June 30. Fun fact: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888, when Luxembourg and Netherlands will still ruled by the same person, King-Grand Duke Willem III.

No pPhotos of the concert yet on the Facebook page of the Dutch embassy in Luxembourg. Also Kkeep yourself busy with new visuals of cutiepie Amalia instead.