Friday, December 2, 2016

Grand Duke Henri Attends Sportspress.lu Awards

Photo: Gschmit / Tageblatt / Tageblatt.lu
On the evening of the 1st, Grand Duke Henri attended the Sportspress.lu Awards, which honors athletes in Luxembourg. The event was held in Kirchberg at d'Coque (Centre National Sportif et Culturel), with 850 others in attendance. The Team of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, and Sportsman of the Year were also named. Team of the Year went to the ladies table tennis team, while cyclist Christine Majerus was awarded Sportswoman of the Year and tennis player Gilles Muller was recognized as Sportsman of the Year. 

Some more photos at Tageblatt and many, many photos at RTL.

Of Master Hand - Guillaume and Stéphanie Support Luxembourg's Crafts and Arts

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini
Wednesday night saw a honorary soirée for the craftsmen and -women showing their work and skills as part of the exhibition De Mains de Maîtres, l’Art des Métiers et les Métiers de l’Art au Luxembourg, coeur de l'Europe initiated by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. The event at 19 Liberté, the former ARBED building, was also attended by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. 

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini
The exhibition "Of Master Hand" highlights some 60 young craftsmen and art designers from the Grand Duchy. Its aim is to note the country's young talented creatives and to highlight the beauty and importance of the transfer of know-how to younger generations. The idea behind the the exhibition comes from no other than the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess themselves who launched the initiative together with the Chamber of Trade and the Ministries of Economy and Culture. The grand ducal duo spoke about the idea behind it at length in an interview with RTL. The exhibition was opened yesterday - Thursday that is - in a seperate event also attended by Their Royal Highnesses. 

The opening event on Thursday was attended by Mars di Bartolomeo, President of the Chamber of Deputies, the Minister of Education, Children and Youth Claude Meisch, as well as Secretaries Guy Arendt and Francine Closener. While the Hereditary Grand Duke gave the speech during Wednesday's soirée, it was Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's turn during last night's event. The cour has more pictures of both Wednesday and Thursday. RTL gives a few glimpses into the exhibition.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Info-Handicap Conference

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
On the 29th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended a conference to support Info-Handicap. The focus of the event was to provide information about offering workplace support for employees with disabilities. Also in attendance were the Minister of Family Affairs Corinne Cahen, the Minister of Education Claude Meisch, the Minister of Equal Opportunities of Lydia Mutsch, and the Minister of Labor Nicolas Schmit.

Info-Handicap is asking attendees to consider ways to support those with disabilities in the workplace  in advance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 3rd. 2016 also marks the 10-year anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

A little more from Wort and the Cour website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Luxarazzi 101: Natan

You don't need to be a big fashionista to know that Natan is the favourite fashion house of the ladies of the Grand Ducal Family. If you ever need to hazard a guess as to who they - or any Benelux royal ladies, really - are wearing, your chances are pretty high if you pick the designs by Edouard Vermeulen. It also is no secret that quite a few of his designs aren't the most loved by us. Why that is? Well, it's not his designs per se but many of them just don't suit the ladies of the Grand Ducal Family as they don't tend to give the most of shape.
Still, neither Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Princess Alexandra, Princess Tessy or Archduchess Marie-Astrid seem to mind too much. Actually, you can also throw Princess Sibilla into the mix even though I don't have photographic evidence to prove it right now. It sometimes feels like about every third item in their wardrobes is by the Brussels-based design house, which Edouard Vermeulen took over the 1984.
Inspired by the wedding of his brother, the former interior designer turned to fashion in the early 1980's buying the fashion house, originally opened in 1930, in the Avenue Louise in 1984. Since then, some of the most famous creations included no less than three royal wedding dresses: The ones of Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and Princess Claire of Belgium. While the big job for the 2012 Luxembourgish wedding went to Elie Saab, Natan dressed Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Alexandra, Princess Tessy, Archduchess Marie-Astrid as well as the flower children for the occasion.
Maybe I am too hard on the Natan designs at times. For a long time, in my head I grouped most badly fitted, shiny outfits as to be by the fashion house. It, however, turned out, that some of them were also by other designers. And the time I actually saw one of his creations live, it didn't look as shiny as on many pictures. So what do you think, yay or nay?

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's a Boy for Félix and Claire

Prince Félix and Princess Claire welcomed their second baby, a little boy, during the night. The yet unnamed brother of Princess Amalia was born at 3:59am on November 28, 2016, at the Clinique générale Beaulieu in Geneva.

According to a press release by the cour grand-ducale, Prince Félix stayed at the side of his wife in the delivery ward. Both Princess Claire and the baby are doing well. In accordance with the house law, the young boy is a Prince of Nassau, but not of Luxembourg. Only the children of the Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duke are prince or princesses of Luxembourg.

The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, as well as Mr and Mrs Lademacher and both families are delighted with the news. As is Team Luxarazzi: Congratulations to the happy parents and the big sister!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Prince Paul-Louis at Bal des Débutantes

Photos: BestImage / Le Bal / Jacovides / Borde / Moreau

Look who is all grown up now (and yes, I feel like my own grandma saying that)! Prince Paul-Louis, oldest son of Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla, danced the night away at the 24th Bal des Débutantes in Paris this weekend. The ball, which is as famous for its fashions as it is for being a get-together for the rich and famous, has garnered an array of celebrity daughters as well as offspring of politicians and aristocrats to make their debut into society since 1992. Four years ago, it was Paul-Louis' cousin Prince Carl de Nassau who found himself in the dancefloor's spotlight. Back in the 1990's Prince Wenzeslaus was also among the cavaliers.

Prince Paul-Louis participated in the debutante ball as the partner of Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma. As daughter of Prince Charles-Emanuel and Princess Constance, she is a great-granddaughter of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma, brother of Prince Felix of Luxembourg (as in Grand Duchess Charlotte's husband). This makes Paul-Louis and Zita third cousins. (There's also another connection: Zita's uncle Prince Eric was married to Countess Lydia of Holstein-Ledreborg, a daughter of Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Luxembourg and thus first cousin of Prince Guillaume.) 

More visuals of le Bal are available at Purepeople.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Maria Teresa and Stéphanie Open International Bazaar

All photos: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Right on the heels of the Red Cross Bazaar always comes another bazaar that usually brings out a changing variety of members of the Grand Ducal Family and this year was no different. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie opened the International Bazaar earlier this afternoon and made their way around about 60 stands showcasing clothing, jewelry and food from some 50 nations from A for Argentina to V for Venezuela. 

Photo: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort
The International Bazaar of Luxembourg is an independent, secular, voluntary, charity organisation that traces its origins back to a series of small church bazaars that began in the early 1960's.   Post-war Luxembourg was growing in its engagement in European affairs and the country was teeming with foreign born residents, particularly young European officials and their families. These creative individuals produced a number of new organisations, including the International Bazaar. 

The first Bazaar was held in connection with the Anglican Church of Luxembourg to raise money for the church and for charity. After its first year, the Baazar moved further into the Luxembourg community being held on Rue Notre-Dame in 1961 under the joint patronage of American and British ambassadors and staffed by volunteers of many nationalities.   The 1962 Bazaar raised 75,000 Luxembourgish francs for the Clinique d'enfants, Fondation Jean-Josephine Charlotte, bringing the event to the attention of the Grand Ducal Family. In 1967 the Bazaar was placed under the high patronage of Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte and continues under the high patronage of Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa today. 

Photo: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were accompanied by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and his husband, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Mars di Bartolomeo, as well as the mayor of Luxembourg Lydie Polfer. The profits from the bazaar will benefit 86 charities from Luxembourg and around the world with a special focus on the "Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation Hanoi", which helps Vietnamese street children and underage victims of human traffickers. So should you be in or around Luxembourg this weekend, it is definetely worth checking out all the stalls. The bazaar will close on Sunday evening with a concert by the Israeli-Luxembourgish jazz band „Beam“. 

More visuals are available at Wort.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Celebrates School Jubilee

Photo: École Privée Fieldgen / Michel Mercatoris / Cour grand-ducale
Last night, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended an academic session celebrating the 125th anniversary of the École Privée Fieldgen. The Minister for Education, Children and Youth Claude Meisch was also present for the occasion. The Catholic private school, which was founded by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine of Nancy, includes both classic and technical branches for secondary education.

A couple more photos available from the Cour.

Wanted: New Writers for Team Luxarazzi

That’s right! You read correctly, we are currently looking for new writers to join Team Luxarazzi for the 101 series! So if you have a Nobel Prize in Literature, worked with Shakespeare or other big names in one capacity or the other, or simply have a passion for writing and the world of royalty, write us an e-mail to become a writer for Luxarazzi. 

Whether you have an interest in history or traditions, fashion or jewellery, castles or genealogy, legal matters or mechanisms of the monarchy - as long as it is in relation to Luxembourg and/or Liechtenstein we are open to all kinds topics. Of course we also always have a few ideas up our sleeves so if you would like to join but don't have an idea what to write about, we will probably be able to provide you with a topic. Both blogging newbies or already experienced royal bloggers are welcome to Team Luxarazzi!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Grand Duchess Hosts Victims of Abuse

Photo: RTL / RTL.lu
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To mark the occasion, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa hosted victims of violent abuse for a conference-luncheon at the palais grand-ducal today. Among them were six women from Luxembourg who suffered violence in their relationships, different organisations who help female abuse victims, as well as French author Morgan Seliman who wrote the book Il m'a vole ma vie (He stole my life) about her experiences.