Friday, September 23, 2016

Hereditary Prince Alois Attends Banking Congress

Photo: Nils Vollmar / Volksblatt /
On the 21st, Hereditary Prince Alois was present at the 9th Liechtenstein Banking Congress, where Sony Kapoor and Alastair Lukies were the keynote speakers. The two themes of the event were digitalization and sustainability, and guests included several hundred individuals representing fields ranging from business to politics and more. Prime Minister Adrian Hasler delivered the welcome address.

A little more information from Volksblatt. Also, further detail from Liechtenstein Bankenverband here.

Hereditary Prince Alois Congratulates BMS Graduates

Photo: Roland Korner / Volksblatt /
Hereditary Prince Alois has welcomed recent BMS graduates to Schloss Vaduz to congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them future success. During the reception, the Hereditary Prince also spoke about the principality's history of dual vocational training system and its success in providing graduates with useful skills.

A little more from Volksblatt.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Grand Duke Henri Speaks at Peace Conference in Assisi

On the 18th, Grand Duke Henri was at a conference in Assisi, Italy, to recognize the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace. The Grand Duke also spoke at the conference, acknowledging his personal commitment to the annual event and encouraged an ongoing effort for healthy dialogue that leads to peaceful solutions. He remarked on the challenges faced by around the world by those whose lives are uprooted by war and violence.

For the text of the speech, see here. No good photos yet, but they'll be added if they show up.

Hans-Adam and Alois Award Liechtenstein Ambassador

On the 20th, Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois awarded Claudia Fritsche, who was for many years Liechtenstein's Ambassador to the United States, the Commander's Cross of the  (Princely) Liechtenstein Order of Merit. From 1990 until 2002, Claudia Fritsche was also Liechtenstein's Ambassador to the United Nations, a role that overlapped with her appointment as Ambassador to the United States in 2000. In August of 2016, Kurt Jaeger was appointed Liechtenstein's new Ambassador to the United States.

No photos yet, but they'll be added if they're made available.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Liechtenstein Reception in Vienna

Photo: Peter Kubelka
On Friday night, Prince Constantin and his cousin Princess Maria-Pia, the Principality's ambassador to Austria and the Czech Republic, attended a reception hosted by the Liechtenstein government in Vienna. There are pictured together with Prime Minister Adrian Hasler and his Deputy Thomas Zwiefelhofer as well as the Austrian minister of finance at the Gartenpalais above.

Grand Duke Jean Receives Military History Museum Delegation

Photo: ©2016 / Charles Caratini / tous droits réservés
On the 20th, Grand Duke Jean received in audience a delegation from the Musée National d’Histoire Militaire in Diekirch. The museum has established an exhibit that recognizes Grand Duke Jean's time in the Irish Guards, as well as his time in the role of Commander of the Luxembourg Army. Back in 1993, Jean also contributed a piece of artillery, which he received during his time in the Irish Guards, to the museum, and it is now on display in the courtyard.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Liechtenstein Tiara Championship (SF2): Kinsky Palmette Tiara vs. Douglas Floral Tiara

You may have noticed that we've been a bit m.i.a. lately and that we used yesterday to catch up on the many, many things that happened in the past week or two in Luxarazzi Land. (See and read what I've personally be up to on Castleholic soon!) After the compulsory blogging comes the freestyle and so we'll continue our tradition of sparkly Sundays with the second semi-final of the Liechtenstein Tiara Championship.
The first of our semi-finals actually saw the first major upset of the LTC with the red-hot favourite and big gun of the Princely Family, the Habsburg Fringe Tiara, being kicked out of the Championship by Princess Olga's of Greece's Boucheron Diamond Tiara. Let's see, what awaits us in the second semi-final with the Kinsky Palmette Tiara facing off against the Douglas Floral Tiara. Tell us...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Princess Marie Participates in Sommelier Competition

Photo: Oest France /
Also on the Princess Marie (wife of Prince Constantin) front, she was recently present at an international competition that awarded the best young sommelier in the world. The event, organized by Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, was held in Vaduz. Sixteen competitors were required to demonstrate their skills in uncorking a bottle of champagne and decanting a fine red wine, as well as taste testing and pairing foods with wine. Competitors representing the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia held the top three spots at the end of the competition.

More from Ouest France.

Alois Congratulates High-Ranking Graduates

Photo: Tatjana Schnalzger / Vaterland /
Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed graduates with a GPA of 5.3 or higher to Schloss Vaduz for congratulations on their achievement. Thirty-four young people, 11 women and 23 men, will take their newly acquired vocational training into 17 different professions. They also get their names entered into the Golden Buch.

Minister of Education Aurelia Frick was also there to offer her congratulations, and she spoke to the successful young professionals about their achievements, also encouraging them to continue pursuing success in their chosen fields.

More from Vaterland.

Hereditary Prince Received Norway's President of Parliament

Also happening this week in Luxarazzi Land was a visit by a group of members of the Norwergian parliament to Liechtenstein. Led by the President of the Parliament of Norway Olemic Thommessen, the group also met with Hereditary Prince Alois at Schloss Vaduz. No pictures but way more information about all the activities at Vaterland.