Friday, February 23, 2018

Princely Family Welcomes Olympic Medallist Home

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Liechtensteiners welcomed home Olympic medallist Tina Weirather earlier today - and naturally members of the Princely Family were also on hand for the reception in Schaan. Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie as well as Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie congratulated Weirather on her bronze medal in the super-G event

A video of the reception, including interviews with the Fürst and the Hereditary Prince who both assertes what a great ambassador Weirather is for Liechtenstein, can be found here. Galleries of visuals are available at Vaterland and Volksblatt.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Luxlait

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 23rd, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the dairy company Luxlait. Founded in 1894, Luxlait was originally called Zentralmolkerei, but in the late 1970s the dairy industry was reorganized and the company name changed following the merger of three agricultural associations.

Today Luxlait focuses on processing milk from Luxembourg-based herds and ensuring the final product meets international testing standards.

Photo from the Cour website.

Henri and Maria Teresa Attend Luxembourg City Film Festival

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the evening of the 22nd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a screening of The Breadwinner, to open the 8th edition of the Luxembourg City Film Festival. Also present were Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt, President of the Association Festival du Cinéma Colette Flesch, and the Mayor of Luxembourg City Lydie Polfer.

Another photo available from the Cour website.

Alois Welcomes Five New Ambassadors

Photo: Hereditary Prince Alois with Rupert Thomas Holborow of New Zealand /
On the 21st, Hereditary Prince Alois received five new ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: Rupert Thomas Holborow from New Zealand; Harald Aspelund from the Republic of Iceland; Veronika Erte from the Republic of Latvia; Marta Kos Marko from the Republic of Slovenia; and Khanim Mammad Ibrahimova from the Republic of Azerbaijan.

More photos available here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Grand Duchess Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Tricentenaire

Photo: Cour grand-duale
Earlier today Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Tricentenaire, which provides social activities for those with disabilities. Tricentenaire was founded in 1978 by Jean Heinisch, a Catholic priest who committed his life to supporting social projects throughout Luxembourg and developed the organisation to mark the 300th anniversary of Our Lady of Luxembourg. (Read here and here for more on Our Lady of Luxembourg.)

More information about who is on the picture above at the cour.

Princely Family Supports Tina Weirather at Olympics

Photo: Liechtensteiner Vaterland
Turns out the princely cheering squad at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is larger than expected: Earlier today, Prince Max, Princess Nora and her daughter Teresa Sartorius, as well as Princess Anunciata were on hand to support Tina Weirather alongside Prime Minister Adrian Hasler during the Downhill event. The Super-G bronze medallist missed the podium narrowly and came in fourth today. The members of the Princely Family also saw the Men's Ski Cross competition today, where Swiss Marc Bischofsberger, who usually competes for a Liechtenstein-based team, won silver.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Grand Ducal Family Attends Annual Te Deum in Belgium

Photo: Belgian Royal Palace
Archduchess Marie-Astrid and her husband Carl-Christian as well as Prince Guillaume and his wife Princess 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 - in Brussels earlier today. The mass is held annually every February. Archduchess Marie-Astrid's and Prince Guillaume's late mother Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte was, of course, a born Princess of Belgium and sister to former King Albert II, who also attended alongside his wife Queen Paola as well as King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Berlin and Potsdam

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited Germany yesterday on the occasion of the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, currently happening in the German capital. They were accompanied by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel who also used the chance to meet with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of Parliament Wolfgang Schäuble.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
To start off their visit, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess made the quick trip to nearby Potsdam to see the Babelsberg Film Studio, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912, and still Europe's largest film studio. It also brought us the super cute moment of Guillaume handing his coat over to his freezing wife - what a gentleman, a round of awww, please. Afterwards, the couple had lunch at the Luxembourgish restaurant "De Maufel" in Berlin.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
The couple also visited the Michel Majerus Estate. Majerus was a Luxembourgish artist whose work combined painting with digital media. He lived and worked in Berlin until his untimely death in the crash of Luxair flight 9642 in November 2002. The Michael Majerus Estate, housed in the late artist's former studio in Berlin, is currently showing the third and final chapter of the exhibition "Michael Majerus - Laboratory for Appraising the Apparent" curated by Brigitte Franzen. Presenting early paintings, archival material and digitised documentation of a group of notebooks from 1995, this show in three parts aims to show Majerus’s work before he came to international recognition with his Kunsthalle Basel show in 1996. There is also a permanent exhibition of Majerus's work in Luxembourg at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie is the President of.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
To round off their day, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie also attended a reception hosted by the Luxembourgish embassy in Berlin and the Lëtzebuerger Film Fong. As part of the reception journalists Jean Pütz and Ranga Yogeshwar as well as author Tom Hillenbrand were awarded with orders for their work. Pütz and Yogeshwar are both Luxembourgers and probably the best known science journalists in Germany. Hillenbrand is a German crime author many of whose books play in the Grand Duchy.

The cour offers a gallery of visuals of the day, as does Wort.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Liechtenstein Wins Bronze at Winter Olympics (and Fun Facts)

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Liechtenstein won its 10th Olympic medal in history earlier today when Tina Weirather took home the bronze medal in the women's super-G event. The Principality's only IOC member Princess Nora was on hand later in the day to award Weirather, who placed third behind surprise winner Ester Ledecka representing the Czech Republic and Anna Veith of Austria, her medal. (Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to find a picture of Princess Nora and Tina Weirather together.)
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And now for a quick fire round of Liechtenstein Olympic fun facts: The Principality is the only nation to have won all of its medals in one event - alpine skiing that is - at the Winter Olympics. It is also the only country to have won medals at the Winter, but not Summer, Olympic Games. Liechtenstein has the most medals per capita of any country, with nearly one medal for every 3,600 inhabitants - after all it is a country of  about 36,000 and has one skiing area, Malbun. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Picture of the Hereditary Grand Duchess

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco
The cour grand-ducale has released a new official photo of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie to mark her 34th birthday on Sunday. The Hereditary Grand Duchess was born as the eigth and youngest child of the Count and Countess of Lannoy in Renaix, Belgium, on February 18, 1984. The  new picture was taken last year.