Monday, September 25, 2017

The Prince and His Treasures: TV Documentary

Photo: Screenshot 3sat
Yesterday, German TV showed an Austrian documentary about the art collection of the Princely Family. The video is available here. In case you understand German (or simply admire looking at art and architecture), she documentary is a must. Entitled "The Prince and His Treasures: Hans Adam of Liechtenstein", it features interviews with Fürst Hans-Adam II, Hereditary Prince Alois, Prince Constantin and his wife Princess Marie about the family's art collection and other ventures.

The documentary includes many interesting tidbits about the Princely Collection of the House of Liechtenstein. It is revealed how the family managed to smuggle art out of Nazi-occupied Austria (they simply put name tags of lesser known artists on them and the German border guards didn't notice), that they invest 800,000 euros every year into the restoration of art works and that Prince Hans-Adam himself likes to collect bronze statues as they are very easy to keep and don't require specific lighting or temperatures. The documentary also gives a glimpse into the art cellars below Schloss Vaduz - have fun watching it!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Luxarazzi 101: Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Vol. 10

Knock, knock - who's there? Our tenth edition of "Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing". Cause let's face it, if we had [insert family relation here] with walk-in closets full of couture, we wouldn't pass up the chance either to rummage throw them! For previous editions of this series, have a look here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. (Which makes me wonder: At what point should a never-intended-to-be-regular-feature-feature get its own label? I might get on that...)
Turn two into one: Sometimes when I see one of our blog regulars and not-so-regulars turn up in an outfit that I can't help but think I have seen it before, it takes me a few days to realise where it is from. The turquoise gown worn by Princess Margaretha at her niece's recent wedding in Marbella actually takes components from both evening outfits worn by her daughters at the wedding of Prince Georg-Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia in Potsdam in 2011. Princess Astrid wore the dress (that probably originally belongs to her mother) and the golden shawl comes courtesy of Princess Anunciata.
But her daughters aren't the only ones Princess Margaretha likes to share the fashion love with. This is the second time, we have seen her wearing a a jacket/coat previously worn by her sister-in-law Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, who debuted it during an official visit from Russia in 2007. Princess Margaretha wore it to an event in 2013. Either the two ladies share the very same taste in fashion or the Grand Duchess, who often retires outfits for official use after wearing them two or three times, gifts some of her many clothes to the extended family. Because fun fact: The skirt worn by the Grand Duchess has also been worn by Archduchess Marie-Astrid.
Our third clothes sharing moment comes courtesy of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, at this year's national day, and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, who wore this purple gown in 2008 for a state visit to Sweden. I have since learned thanks to the fabulous ladies over at UFO No More that this gown is actually by Elie Saab. Hmpf, I think we found the first Saab outfit that I really dislike! Someone call satan to tell him to get on his long johns, cause hell just might freeze over...

Photos: Cour grand-ducale/Zimbio/Tom Wagner/EU/Stig Nielsen/GTRES

Friday, September 22, 2017

Guillaume Attends 11th European Mental Health Congress

Photo: © Charles Caratini / Fondation APEMH / Cour grand-ducale
On the 21st, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the 11th Congress for the European Association for Mental Health in Intellectual Disability. The event was held at the European Convention Center in the Kirchberg area, and it highlighted creative collaboration among those with intellectual disabilities, along with the need for improved access to mental health services. Additionally, the Congress aimed to focus mental health care more on the individual and the unique needs of each person.

Following the session, the Hereditary Grand Duke visited with participants.

Another photo at the Cour website.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Five Ambassadors

Photo: Grand Duke Henri with Abu Sufian Bin Haji Ali of Brunei
© Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés

On the 21st, Grand Duke Henri received in audience five new ambassadors: Abu Sufian Bin Haji Ali of Nation of Brunei; Gaitri Issar Kumar of the Republic of India; Gonzalo Gutierrez Reinel of the Republic of Peru; Henricus Mauritius Stephanus Schaapveld of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Christian Fotsch, of the Swiss Confederation.

As is standard, the audiences occurred at the Palais grand-ducal, where the Grand Duke also received the letters of credence (lettres de créance) from the ambassadors.

UPDATE: The full series of photos now available from the Cour website.

Alois Welcomes Secondary School Graduates

Photo: Close up / Roland Korner / Volksblatt / volksblatt.li
Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed a group of 44 secondary school graduates, who recently completed their Matura, at Schloss Vaduz. The reception honored the graduates from Mühleholz, a town south of Schaan, and Alois spoke words of congratulations on educational achievements and encouragement for future pursuits at the university level.

A little more from Volksblatt.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nikolaus and Margaretha Visit Bergamo

Photo Bergamo Sera
Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha are making the rounds as of late. After a visit to Slovenia last month, they are currently in Italy for an "institutional and cultural visit". In Bergamo in the northern part of the country, they were welcomed by the president of the province Matteo Rossi and several other dignitaries earlier today. The couple was invited to Lombardy by the Centro studi Valle Imagna (Csvi) in collaboration with the community of Imagna valley and local economic organisations. 

"We long had connections to the countries on the other side of the Alps due to the emigration from Bergamo and the many thousands of workers and their families that have left in the past. With the invitation we wanted to make a testimony of gratitude and reiterate the important European tradition that unites us", explained Antonio Carminati, the head of the study centre. It was also Prince Nikolaus who helped establishing a priest from Bergamo in Schaan, Liechtenstein, to help immigrant families.

More information at Bergamo Sera.

Grand Duke Henri in Peru for IOC Duties

Photo: Greg Martin / IOC / Flickr
On the 13th, Grand Duke Henri was in Lima, Peru, where he attended the 131st IOC session and Annual General Meeting. During the course of the session, Paris was awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, and Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics. (Both were the sole candidate cities for each year.) Additionally, there were eight new IOC members elected during this session.  A little more information about the session from Wort.

UPDATE: It's been confirmed that Princess Nora was also in attendance, as a member of the IOC. Also, we've added the photos that have been made available from here and here.

Photo: Greg Martin / IOC / Flickr

Grand Duchess Visits Micro-Entreprises

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Today, the Grand Duchess visited two companies that have been founded with the help of the Fondation des Universitaires en Sciences économiques (FUSE). As per the cour, these two initiatives reflect the striving of small and very small entrepreneurs in Luxembourg. In the south of the country, in Pétange, Sandrine Multari opened a hair salon (Aux Anges de Pétange) with very little means and thus revived local commerce. In the Gare district in Luxembourg, Cédric Feyereisen opened a vegan restaurant (Oakbistro) which has become a prominent address. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa made the visits in advance of the Journées du micro-entrepreneur on October 13 and 14, organised by the Fondation des Universitaires en Sciences économiques (FUSE) in collaboration with the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grand-Duchesse.

Both more pictures and information are available at the cour.

Grand Duke Meets Commissioner for Human Rights

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri received Nils Muižnieks at the palais grand-ducal for an audience. The Latvian-American human rights activist and political scientist  has been serving as the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights since April 2012. The Council of Europe, which compromises of 47 member states, is an international organisation whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy, rule of law in Europe and promote European culture. Mr Muižnieks was on a working visit to Luxembourg today.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Grand Duke Visits European Central Bank

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Luxpress
Today, Grand Duke Henri made his way to the German town of Frankfurt to visit the European Central Bank (ECB). He was welcomed by its President Mario Draghi in the presence of Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, and Gaston Reinesch, governor of the Central Bank of Luxembourg. The Grand Duke also met with several more key officials of the ECB discussing the prospects for the revival of the European idea and the workings of the ECB in the framework of its tasks set in various treaties. Grand Duke Henri also learned how money is made, visited the new visitor centre and attended a reception in the presence of members of the "Luxembourg-Frankfurt Financial Professionals".

More photos and information at the cour.