Friday, October 20, 2017

Alois Welcomes Diplomats from EU Member States

Photo: Radio Liechtenstein /
On the 18th, Hereditary Grand Duke Alois held a reception for diplomats from the EU Member States, who were on a visit to Liechtenstein. Prior to the reception, the visitors were able to explore a variety of cultural, economic, and political sites within the Principality and also meet with a number of leading figures: these included Klaus Risch, the President of the Liechtenstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce (LIHK); Albert Frick, the President of the Landtag; Hans-Werner Gassner, the President of the Liechtenstein Banking Federation (LBV); and Kerstin Appel, Director of the Kunstmuseum.

The EU Member States diplomats are part of the EU Council. In October of 2016, the EU Council formally reviewed the bilateral relations between Liechtenstein the EU and determined a state of positivity. In return, Liechtenstein was praised for its commitment the EU goals and was described as a "close and reliable partner."

A little more from Radio Liechtenstein.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grand Duke Visits Archaeological Site

Photo: Ministry of Culture
Already a few days ago and kinda missed by us due to all the latest news, Grand Duke Henri visited the Centre of Study of Roman Murals (CEPRM) in Soissons alongside the Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt. The CEPMR has been put in charge of the restoration of the remaining painted coatings and stuccos which were discovered on the Gallo-Roman archaeological site in the Luxembourgish town of Schieren. 

The cour has more pictures of the event, Chronicle offers way more information.

Grand Duke Meets New Ambassadors

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri met five new ambassadors to Luxembourg who presented their letters of credence to the Grand Duchy's head of state. The Grand Duke received in audience Mohamed Taha Mustafa of Yemen, Dato’ Hasnudin Bin Hamzah of Malaysia, José Alberto Briz Gutierrez of Guatemala, Jasem Albudaiwi of Kuwait, and Kaili Terrass of Estonia.

Pictures of all of them at the cour.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Madrid Museum

Photo: Julia Robles
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie continued their stay in Madrid with a visit to the Fundación Carlos de Amberes in the heart of Salamanca. It was founded when Carlos de Amberes, a native of Antwerp, donated his goods in 1594 to create a hostel. It has since become a museum that promotes the cultural ties between Spain and the Benelux countries, one of which is, of course, the Grand Duchy. 

Grand Duchess Attends Anti-Poverty Exhibit

Cour grand-Ducale/Olivier Minaire

The Grand Duchess accompanied by the President of the Chamber of Deputies and the Minster of Family attended the exhibit "A New Humanity Without Misery Will Be Born". The exhibit was organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Rejection of Misery Day which coincides with the 25th anniversary of when the United Nation's also recognized this day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

In Luxembourg, the event and celebration also, not coincidentally, marks the culmination of the international campaign "Stop Poverty: Acting for Dignity", of which the Grand Duchess is patroness. The campaign is sponsored by ATD Fourth World Luxembourg.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Award Ceremony in Spain

Photo: © Julia Robles
On the 17th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Madrid to attend the awarding of the 23rd Prix Marquis de Villalobar. This award, which was created in 1987, recognizes individuals or companies that foster positive connections between Spain and other European nations (specifically Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands in this case). The Prix Marquis de Villalobar for this year was presented by the Belgo-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Spain to Luxair; Adrian Ney, the Director General of Luxair, was on hand to receive the award at the gala event.

The award was developed by Carlos Saavedra y Ozores, the Marquis de Villalobar, as a way of recognizing social, cultural, and economic ties between nations and focused toward a more united Europe. 

More photos and information at the Cour website.

Henri Receives Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 18th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Edgars Rinkēvičs, who has held the position of  Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Latvia since 2011. Mr. Rinkēvičs is currently on a working visit to Luxembourg. He has also documented the visit, including a meeting with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn, on his Twitter account.

Information from the Cour website.

Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation Receives Award

Prince Constantin received Austria's National Award for Exemplary Forest Management 2017 and the first ever State Prize for Best Climate Forest Management (Staatspreis für beispielhafte Waldbewirtschaftung) on behalf of the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation. The national prize is given annually by the Ministry of Environment.

The Foundation cultivates 3,150 hectares of forest in the region. The Hohenau areas were acquired in 1457. One of the reasons for the award was the Foundation's strong commitment to nature conservation. Additionally, the forest contains a "remarkable" distribution of deciduous tree species with just 11 percent of the forest being coniferous. The forest also has a well managed an important set of flood planes.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


After Washington D.C., Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna (and presumably an accompanying delegation) also visited New York City this week. Unfortunately details about their adventures in the Big Apple are a bit scarce though Minister Gramegna's Twitter tells us that they visited the insurance company AIG, Talkwalker and the New York Green Bank.

Grand Duke Visits Mansfeld Park

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri visited the Mansfeld Park in Clausen alongside Luxembourg mayor Lydie Polfer, architect and head of Luxembourg city's urban planning department Shaaf Milani-Nia and Jean-Luc Mousset, president of the Friends of the Château de Mansfeld. The new Parc Mansfeld in Clausen officially opened on the evening of July 11. The occasion also marked the 500th anniversary of Count Pierre-Ernest de Mansfeld, former owner of what was once one of the most renowned estates in the Benelux, and now a park.

Another photo at the cour.