Saturday, April 22, 2017

Princely Family Meets the Pope: Name That Liechtenstein

It's a good day in Luxarazzi Land as some 34 members of the Princely family unexpectedly joined Fürst Hans-Adam II and Fürstin Marie as well as Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie for a visit to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. Of course our Who's Who section is always there for you when it comes to identify lesser known members of both the Liechtenstein and Luxembourg families but we thought we would give you a proper rundown of all the surviving descendants of Prince Franz Josef II and Princess Gina who were in attendance. (Spoiler: It's everyone but the three younger children of Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie.)

Photo: L'Osservatore Romana
Quick tip before we start: Click on the picture to enlarge and get a proper look at everyone's faces. And with that, we are off starting from the left: Princess Maria-Anunciata, Princess Margaretha, Prince Nikolaus, Anna von Lattorff, Camilla von Lattorff, Marie von Lattorff, Elisabeth von Lattorff, Lukas von Lattorff, Philipp von Lattorff, Maximilian von Lattorff, Sophie von Lattorff, Princess Tatjana, Prince Alfonso, Princess Angela, Prince Max, Prince Wenzel, The Princess Marie, The Prince Hans-Adam, Pope Francis.

Let's take a quick breather and start with everyone on the right of Pope Francis in the picture: Hereditary Prince Alois, Hereditary Princess Sophie, Prince Constantin, Princess Marie, Prince Moritz, Princess Georgina, Prince Benedikt, Prince Philipp, Princess Isabelle, Prince Alexander, Princess Astrid, Princess Theodora, Prince Wenzeslaus, Prince Rudolf with Princess Laetitia, Princess Tılsım with Prince Karl Ludwig, Prince Josef, Princess Marie-Astrid, Princess Nora and Teresa Sartorius.

Princely Family Meets the Pope



Pope Francis received pretty much the entire Princely Family at the Vatican today. (Well, those descending from Prince Franz Josef II and Princess Gina anyway). I could spy in pictures: Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie; Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie with Prince Wenzel; Prince Max and Princess Angela; Prince Alfonso; Prince Constantin and Princess Marie with Prince Moritz, Princess Georgina, Prince Benedikt; Princess Tatjana and Philipp von Lattorff with Lukas, Elisabeth, Marie, Camilla, Anna, Sophie; Prince Philipp and Princess Isabelle; Prince Alexander and Princess Astrid with Princess Theodora; Prince Wenzeslaus; Prince Rudolf and Princess Tılsım with Prince Karl Ludwig and Princess Laetitia; Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha, Princess Anunciata; Princess Astrid; Prince Josef; Princess Nora and her daughter Maria Teresa Sartorius y de Liechtenstein.


After meeting the Pope, the princely guests also met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for Relations with States. As per the Holy See's press release, "During the cordial discussions the good bilateral relations between the Holy See and Liechtenstein were evoked, and the historic role of the Catholic Church and the positive contribution she continues to offer to the life of the country were recognised. Appreciation was then expressed for the Principality’s efforts in the international sphere, particularly in the protection of human rights."

More pictures at Getty Images #1, Getty Images #2, APA.

To read about previous Vatican visits by the Princely Family, check out this Luxarazzi 101.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Baptism of Prince Liam

Prince Liam, second child of Prince Félix and Princess Claire, will be baptised at the Vatican tomorrow (Saturday that is). The baptism will be concelebrated by Rev. Dr. George Woodall, professor of moral theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, alma mater of Félix and Claire and Monsignor Camille Perl as per Contacto. Young Prince Liam was born on November 28, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Members of the Grand Ducal Family will be present for the baptism. Not on the guest list are Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah, sons of Prince Louis and his possibly already former wife Tessy. Liam's cousins will not attend "because of their academic obligations".

Hereditary Prince Alois Attends Chemistry Teachers' Congress

Photo: Nils Vollmar / Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
On the 19th, Hereditary Prince Alois was at the University of Liechtenstein to deliver the opening address for the 14th European Chemistry Teachers' Congress (Europäische Chemielehrerkongress). The event, which was being held for the first time in Liechtenstein, featured the organization's motto "Chemistry and Innovation" and highlighted a series of workshops and lectures that more than 500 attendees were able to participate in. 

Daniel Risch (the Minister of Infrastructure, Economic Affairs and Sport and current Deputy Prime Minister) was also there, along with Dominique Gantenbein (the Minister of Home Affairs, Education and Environment). The Hereditary Prince also attended as a patron of the Europäische Chemielehrerkongress.

More photos of the event from Volksblatt.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birthday Reception for Princess Marie

Photo: Nils Vollmar / Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
Earlier today, a slightly belated birthday reception was held for Princess Marie, whose actual birthday was late last week on the 14th. She turned 77 this year. A number of government officials, local politicians, and members of the clergy attended the event at Schloss Vaduz to offer their best birthday wishes to Princess Marie.

More photos at Vaterland and Volksblatt.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Luxarazzi 101: Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Vol. 9

Get the bubbly out, guys and gals, the sisterhood of the travelling clothes is back in Luxarazzi Land! This is not the first, not the second, not the third, not the fourth, not the fifth, not the sixth, not the seventh and neither the eighth but instead the ninth edition to prove that the ladies of the Grand Ducal Family basically share one large walk-in closet.
Exhibit A comes by way of Princess Alexandra and Princess Tessy and a light-blue jacket. While Princess Alexandra sported the blazer for the wedding of her brother Prince Louis and the former Tessy Antony back in 2006, Princess Tessy herself did so for the 95th birthday of Grand Duke Jean in January 2016.
Princess Alexandra and Princess Tessy seem to be on a roll when it comes to the clothes sharing thing! While Alexandra wore this dress for some unidentified event in Luxembourg in 2009, which she attended together with her parents and brother Félix, Tessy sported the dress in 2015 for a showroom presentation by Marcin Lobacz.
And because our third strike won't come and Team Luxarazzi is slightly bored with the current news drought, here is a sligthly old example of Liechtenstein sister Princess Marie-Astrid and Princess Maria Anunciata wearing the same hat to the weddings of two of their cousins in 2012 to round off our ninth edition of our Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing series - stay tuned, I'm sure the lovely ladies of Luxembourg (and Liechtenstein) will have some more sharing love in store for us in the future!

Photos: Cour grand-ducale, Tom Wagner, RTL, Marcin Lobacz Design, Marianne van Dam/Royalty Guide

Monday, April 17, 2017

Luxarazzi 101: Prince Charles of Luxembourg

Our fourth profile in the lives of the children of Grand Duchess Charlotte is the second son and fifth child, Charles. The only brother of Grand Duke Jean, Charles was the first member of the Grand Ducal Family to marry a commoner - and the first to marry a spouse who had been previously divorced. Sadly, he was also the only child of Charlotte's to predecease her, passing away suddenly at the early age of 49. 

Born at Château de Berg on August 7, 1927, Charles Frédéric Louis Guillaume Marie was christened honor of his great-grandfather, Duke Charles III of Parma, and grandfather Grand Duke Wilhelm (Guillaume) IV. He joined his siblings Jean, Elisabeth, Marie-Adelaide and Marie-Gabrielle in the household. His sister Alix was born in 1929, rounding out the family.
The charitable stamp series of Charles
As was standard among the grand ducal children, Charles was the subject of a series of stamps issued in 1930. This series was created to benefit Caritas, a Catholic charity with the mission of assisting the poor throughout the world. During his early childhood Charles was educated at home with his siblings by private tutors and experienced a relatively stable childhood. He and his younger sister Alix had their joint First Holy Communion in 1938.

In his early teens Charles began attending school in Brussels with his sisters Elisabeth and Marie-Adelaide. The three were visiting in the home of their aunt Zita, the former Austrian Empress, when the Germans invaded Belgium in May 1940. The remainder of the Grand Ducal Family escaped Luxembourg and joined Charles and his siblings in Brussels. The combined families made their way through France, Spain, and finally to Portugal ahead of German forces.

Charles (l.) with Princes Felix and Jean
after landing in the United States
Photo credit: Getty Images
Charles, his siblings, his grandmother Maria Ana, and Prince Felix left Lisbon on July 15, 1940, aboard the American military cruiser USS Trenton. Felix had been granted transport to the United States by President Franklin Roosevelt. Grand Duchess Charlotte had elected to stay in Portugal at least temporarily, saying what must have been a a difficult good-bye to her mother, husband, and children. The family arrived in the United States a little over a week later and settled permanently in the Canadian province of Quebec in the early fall of 1940. 

Prince Felix (and briefly Grand Duchess Charlotte) remained in Montreal with the Luxembourg government in exile, all six of the grand ducal children continued their schooling 250 kilometers northeast in Quebec City. Hereditary Grand Duke Jean attended classes at Laval University, while all four of the grand ducal daughters were students at the Laval-associated Collège de Jésus Marie de Sillery. Charles attended the Jesuit College (now known as St. Charles Garnier Collège), a secondary school also affiliated with the university. The family made a permanent move to London in 1943, where Charles and his siblings volunteered with the British Red Cross. 

Charles did make various appearances during the war, both in public and at family events. Charles was present at a mass for his grandmother, Grand Duchess Maria Ana, who died in New York City in July 1942. Charles also appeared occasionally at official events for the Grand Duchy, including the 1940 World's Fair with his father and siblings and at the 700th anniversary celebration of Luxembourg's freedom charter in 1944. Charles presented a copy of the freedom charter to Matthew Woll, president of the Friends of Luxembourg association. 

Charles in his army days
Charles and his sisters Elisabeth, Marie-Adelaide, and Marie-Gabrielle returned to Luxembourg on April 17, 1945, driving in a supply convoy of trucks and ambulances donated by the British Red Cross. Prince Felix and Hereditary Grand Duke Jean had participated in the Allied liberation of the Grand Duchy earlier in the month, making their permanent return three days previously along with Grand Duchess Charlotte and Princess Alix, who was too young to drive in the convoy. The entire family was welcomed with great excitement by the people of Luxembourg. In the immediate aftermaths of World War II, Charles helped his father in his work repatriating Luxembourg's deportees and concentration camp survivors.

Following his return to Grand Duchy, Charles served in the Luxembourg Army concurrently with attending the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. During that time Charles was known for providing rides between Belgium and Luxembourg for his fellow Luxembourgish classmates. During this time Charles was also touted by the English-speaking press as a possible husband for Britain's Princess Margaret, but it is unclear if or how the two even knew one another. Charles graduated from Louvain in 1952 with a degree in political and social sciences, after which time he continued his military service.

Charles spent much of the 1950s and 1960s serving the Grand Duchy in some aspect of commerce or government service. He served as one of the Luxembourg delegates to the United Nations General Assembly in 1957. Between 1959 and 1961, he was the chairman of the Luxembourg Board of Industrial Development, where he spent much of his time in New York City courting American businesses to invest in Luxembourg. By all accounts, Charles' venture was quite successful, both for Luxembourg - and himself. It was during Charles' time in New York that he met his future wife, Joan Dillon.

Joan was the daughter of US Treasury Secretary Clarence Douglas Dillon and his wife, Phyllis. Like Charles, Joan had a privileged upbringing that included an education at Vassar College and a formal society debut in 1952. Joan lived for a time in Paris, where her father was the US Ambassador to France from 1953 to 1957. She married the next year to financial heir James B. Moseley with whom she had a daughter, also named Joan. The couple divorced just two years later.

Charles and Joan with their children
Charlotte (top) and Robert
Charles' relationship with Joan was thought to begin around 1958 in New York. Marriage was not considered possible at first, as no commoner had ever married into the Grand Ducal Family. Joan's divorce made the matter even more complicated, as being a divorcée was still quite frowned upon during the time, both socially and in the eyes of the Catholic Church.

As time went on, it was clear that the couple's relationship had deepened. Joan obtained an annulment of her first marriage in 1963, which allowed her to marry again within the Catholic Church. But the issue would not be forced until early 1967 when Joan became pregnant and marriage was seen as necessary.

The engagement between Charles and Joan was announced on February 10, 1967. An "early spring" wedding was said to be anticipated. Less than three weeks later, on March 1, the couple married at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Edward the Confessor in Guilford, a town in Surrey, southeast England. The wedding was attended by Charles' parents and siblings as well as Joan's parents and conducted by Rev. Dr. Gordon Albion. Charles' brother Grand Duke Jean and Joan's father stood as witnesses.  

After the wedding, Charles and Joan returned to New York City where their daughter was born on September 15. The little girl was christened Charlotte Phyllis Marie, in honor of both of her grandmothers. The couple moved to Luxembourg shortly after, joining Charles' parents, his sister Elisabeth, and her two children living at Château de Fischbach Castle. Grand Duchess Charlotte had abdicated a few years' prior in favour of Grand Duke Jean. Charles' and Joan's son Robert was born there on August 14, 1968, and later described the atmosphere as being "akin to a mini Downton Abbey, but without all of the pomp and grandeur. Our lifestyle was very simple and down to earth, but with a permanent staff and infrastructure that are now part of a bygone era."

Joan and Charles spent a quiet few years in the Grand Duchy, regularly appearing at official events. Charles also served as a member of the State Council of Luxembourg starting in 1969. When Prince Felix died the following year, Charles inherited his father's Tuscan vacation home, the Villa Reale d'Imbarcati in Pistoia, near Florence. The villa had been part of the immense estate of Felix's father, Robert of Parma.
Villa Reale d'Imbarcati of Pistoia
Photo: Il Tirreno
Five years later, Joan inherited the position of head Domaine Clarence Dillon, a French wine company that had been in the family for several decades. The Domaine also owned multiple Bordeaux estates and vineyards. The family spent much of the early 1970s renovating the various chateaux and replacing outdated equipment on the Domaine's properties.

But the family's quiet life was unfortunately short-lived. Charles died on July 26, 1977, of a sudden heart attack at the Villa Reale d'Imbarcati in Pistoia less than two weeks shy of his fiftieth birthday. The Grand Ducal Family was to experience a second tragic passing in a short amount of time. Franz of Hohenburg, the estranged husband of his sister Elisabeth, died just twenty days later on August 16. Charles' funeral was held on July 30. Along with his wife and children, Charles' mother, siblings, and their children in attendance. Royal representatives (and more distant family members) from various countries were also present. He was buried in the grand ducal crypt at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg.

A year after Charles' death, Joan remarried to the Duke of Mouchy on August 3, 1978, in the US state of Maine. The couple continued their management of Domaine Clarence Dillon until their retirement early 2000s. Prince Robert has run Domaine Clarence Dillon since his mother's retirement in 2008, with both Joan and Charlotte serving as members of the board (Philippe, Duke of Mouchy died in 2011). Charles has six grandchildren by his two children.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Grand Duke Henri at Olympic Solidarity Commission

Photo: © IOC – Olympic Solidarity / tous droits réservés
On the 11th, Grand Duke Henri was in Barcelona to attend a gathering of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, which focuses both on the larger idea of solidarity among Olympic athletes and also highlights the technical requirements for athletes and their coaches. Additionally, the organization supports National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and works to develop regional and national competitions for athletes.

Grand Duke Henri has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1998 and the Olympic Solidarity Commission since 1999.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit NASA and More

Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / SIP
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie made their way down the U.S. West Coast from Seattle to Califorina where they visited the Silicon Valley yesterday and today. On the agenda on Thursday was a visit to the NASA Ames Research Center. After a guided tour of the facility, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess as well as their accompanying delegation met with representatives of different companies working in the field of advanced space technologies. They were also among the guests for the seminar "Developing New Markets in Space" hosted by Luxembourg Ministry of Economics.

On the last day of their economic mission to the United States, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organisation dedicated to scientific research, education, and public outreach concerning matters of the origin and nature of life in the universe. Scientists from this private institute also supported by NASA presented various experimental projects related to space resources and space meteorology in an international context.

The Luxembourgish government conveniently sent a photographer along on this economic mission and so they have a lovely gallery of visuals on their website.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Interview with Guillaume and Stéphanie: "It Is A Strength To Work As A Couple"

Photo: Kasia Wandycz / Paris Match
This week's issue of Paris Match includes an interview with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. While yours truly hasn't gotten her hands on a copy yet, Paris Match conveniently offers parts of the interview online. In the parts of the interview provided online, the couple speaks about their work and interests. Asked about his preparation for his future role as Grand Duke, the heir to Luxembourg's throne answered, "I have been fortunate enough to have been [in this role] since my childhood. Thanks to the education I received from my parents and the ongoing dialogue I have with them on all issues concerning the country. I also trained at university, studying political science in particular. Now I can say that I am in a cycle of continuing education."

While the Hereditary Grand Duchess says that while she hasn't been born into her future role, she doesn't see it as a disadvantage, "On the contrary, allowing different points of view makes us richer as a couple." About working together as a couple Stéphanie added, "We help each other a lot and regularly discuss matters together. I often accompany my husband on economic missions, a field that is more his responsibility. On the other hand, Guillaume supports me in commitments that concern me more specifically, the arts for example. It is a strength to work as a couple: two brains, twice as many ideas and time devoted to everything."

Commenting on her involvement in Luxembourg's art world, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie says, "Art and history have always interested me a lot, I am convinced that it is important to know what happened in the past and what was done before us in order to understand the present and to build the future on a solid foundation." Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume also shares in the interview that Holocaust survivor Paul Sobol and social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus are two of the people he has met in his life that have impressed him the most.