Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Art2Cure in New York

Photo: © Art2Cure / Alyssa Meadows / Cour grand-ducale
On the 21st, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the 2018 opening of Art2Cure in New York City. The event took place at the Ronald Feldman Gallery and featured six artists from Luxembourg: Jhemp Bastin, Roland Quetsch, Martine Pinnel, Sergio Sardelli, Stick, and Joachim Van der Vlugt. In addition to the Luxembourgish artists, seven American artists were also featured.

More photos of the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple on the Cour website, and more photos of the art available on Art2Cure's Facebook page. Art2Cure was founded in 2014 to raise money for biomedical research in Luxembourg.

Tiaras, Gown and Dashing Gentlemen: Gala Banquet

Photo: Het Koninklijk Huis
Get out your sunglasses, ladies and gentlemen, it's sparkle time. I knew we could count on the Benelux ladies to bring the bling (though I am a tad disappointed the Grand Duchess did not get out the Empire Tiara...)
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Cyril Moreau
In the red corner we got Grand Duchess Maria Teresa sporting the Belgian Scroll Tiara and a repeated Elie Saab gown. In the blue corner we have Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wearing the (new-to-her) Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara and the necklace version of the Sapphire Necklace Tiara together with an old Elie Saab gown previously worn by the Grand Duchess, which seems to be Stéphanie's go-to-thing for state visits as of late. The star of the tiara show though: Queen Máxima, who brought the Stuart Tiara which was last worn by Queen Juliana in 1971 - talk about dusting off a jewel! 
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Cyril Moreau
While Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa are wearing the Order of the Netherlands Lion, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are sporting the Order of Orange-Nassau. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, in turn, are wearing the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, Luxembourg's highest honour.

On the non-visual front, the speech of the Grand Duke at tonight's gala banquet can be found here. The speech of the King is available here.

Links with more pictures to come!

P.S. We will bring you a detailed look at all the state visit fashion on Friday in the next edition of Fashion Friday.

P.P.S. Also check out our post on the day activities of this first day of the Dutch state visit to Luxembourg.

Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg, Day 1

Photo: SIP / Emmanuel Claude
And off we go... The other Nassaus arrived earlier today in Luxembourg for the long awaited three-day state visit to the Grand Duchy. It were the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess who first shook hands with and gave hugs to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands upon their arrival at Findel Airport.
Photo: SIP / Cyril Moreau
The Dutch royals than made their way to the palais-grand ducal where the official welcome by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, including military honours, national anthems, a review of troops and a presentation of the respective delegations, took place. The royal foursome then entered the palais for some private talks, where Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie joined them once again.

Check out our Facebook page for a video of the arrivals.
Photo: SIP / Charles Caratini
After private talks at the palais, the Dutch guests paid a visit to the Monument National de la Solidarité Luxembourgeoise on the Kanounenhiwwel to lay wreaths and pay their respects in the presence of the Prime Minister and Minister of State, Xavier Bettel, and the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Alain Duschène. At the monument the King and Queen also met the flag bearers, members of the Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War as well as representatives of patriotic associations.
Photo: SIP / Cyril Moreau
Back at the palais, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima joined Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie for a private luncheon. The Dutch head of state and his wife then met with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mars Di Bartolomeo, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.
Photo: Chris Karaba / Luxemburger Wort /
Together the Dutch guests and their Luxembourgish hosts then paid a visit to the Hôtel de Ville for an academic session in the presence of Luxembourg mayor Lydie Polfer and the council and municipal council. The afternoon programme was rounded off by a stroll to the Corniche, a.k.a. "the most beautiful balcony of Europe", to enjoy a stunning view over the Alzette valley

And about now preparations for the best part of any state visit (at least for shallow me) probably are in full swing: the state banquet. Let's keep our fingers crossed that there will be some major tiaras. (Still sulky about that state visit to France.) In any case, there will be an extra post about the banquet coming up once pictures are available.

In the meantime, more pictures and videos can be found at Wort, RTL #1, RTL #2, the cour, Tageblatt and probably beyond that and all over the Dutch media.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hereditary Princess Honours Volunteers

Already in late April, Hereditary Princess Sophie made a visit to the LAK-House St. Florin to honour the volunteers working at the four homes run by the Liechtensteinische Alters- und Krankenhilfe. The Liechtenstein Foundation for the Care of the Elderly and Sick (LAK) runs old people's homes in Vaduz, Schaan, Eschen and Triesen.

For more information, have a look at Volksblatt.

Hereditary Prince Meets Austrian Minister

Photo: IKR
Earlier this month, Juliane Bogner-Strauss, Austria's Minister for Women, Families and Youth, visited Liechtenstein to meet members of the Prinicipality's government. The Austrian politician also made a quick stop at Schloss Vaduz where she was greeted by Hereditary Prince Alois.

Hereditary Prince Meets New Ambassadors

The Hereditary Prince with Fatima D. Sidikou (Photo: IKR)
Like he does every once in a while, it was time again for Hereditary Prince Alois on Wednesday to receive new ambassadors to the Principality at Schloss Vaduz. Baba Maduga of Nigeria, Muliaman Darmansyah Hadad of Indonesia, António Manuel Ricoca Freire of Portugal, David Jalagania of Georgia as well as Fatima D. Sidikou of Niger all presented their letters of credence to Liechtenstein's regent.

New Stamps of Hereditary Prince Alois to Mark 50th Birthday

In case we got any philately-phile people out there... The Liechtenstein post is to release a new stamp of Hereditary Prince Alois this summer to mark his 50th birthday. The three stamps will be released on June 11, the birthday of the Hereditary Prince. For more information, have a look here.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Henri Receives European Heritage Heads Forum

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Luxpress / tous droits réservés
On the 17th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience a delegation from the European Heritage Heads Forum, in addition to the Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt and the Director of the Department of National Sites and Monuments, Patrick Sanavia. The European Heritage Heads Forum joins the national heritage managers from both the EU and the European Economic Area to foster an exchange of ideas for preserving historical and cultural information. The members of the organization have met annually since 2006.

Information from the Cour website.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie at Business Award Event in New York

Photo: © LACC / Russ Rowland / Cour grand-ducale
On the 15th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in New York City to attend the Luxembourg-American Business Award in association with the Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce. The Hereditary Grand Duke delivered a speech and also handed out awards: the Honorary Business Award to Miami University, for its 50-year presence in Luxembourg, and the Business Award to Amazon.

The Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce was established in 1991 to foster economic and investment opportunities between the countries, with the Luxembourg-American Business Award created to recognize American companies who have made a positive impact in Luxembourg.

Information and more photos from the Cour website.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Stéphanie Attends Stroke Awareness Conference

Photo: © Blëtz asbl / David Lucius / Cour grand-ducale
Also on the 13th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended a conference focusing on Occupational Therapy for Strokes as part of stroke awareness and Journée contre l’AVC (World Stroke Day), which is on October 29th. The Journée contre l’AVC is one of the Hereditary Grand Duchess's patronages.

Information and another photo from the Cour website.