Monday, March 27, 2017

Archduke Carl-Christian Visits French Monastery

Photo: Monastère de Thiais
Archduke Carl-Christian, husband of Archduchess Marie-Astrid and thus brother-in-law of the Grand Duke, visited the Monastery of Thiais in the southern suburbs of Paris on March 14. The grandson of the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Blessed Emperor Karl, and Empress Zita spoke about his grandparents and his Christian faith. More information and pictures here.

Archduke Imre at Book Presentation

On March 21, Archduke Imre, son of Archduchess Marie-Astrid and thus grandson of Grand Duke Jean, was among the attendees of the presentation of the book "40 missionnaires pour une génération" in Luxembourg. Organised by the Catholic Church of Luxembourg, the event was also attended by Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich among others. The book, including 40 Christian testimonies, was written by Mariette Levaye-Gries and Eric Denimal.

Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Visit Son Sébastien at Sandhurst

All photos: Lola Velasco / Cour Grand-ducale (Click to enlarge)
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa paid a visit to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom on Saturday to visit their son Prince Sébastien. The grand-ducal couple's youngest is currently undertaking the 44 weeks long comissioning course at the prestigious academy, thus following in the footsteps of several family members including the Grand Duke himself. At Sandhurst, they were welcomed by Major General Paul Nanson.
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also participated in a gala dinner of the Normandy Company, of which Sébastien is a member, on Saturday. The Event was also attended by King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan. Curious minds wonder whether Prince Sébastien is actually in the same course as Crown Prince Al Hussein of Jordan... We will see on August 11 at the latest - the day of the Sovereign's Parade that will surely bring out a whole array of members of the Grand Ducal Family.

 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Alois Receives Macedonian Foreign Minister

Photo: Liechtensteinische Landesverwaltung / llv.li
On the 24th, Hereditary Prince Alois received at Vaduz Castle the Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki, who was on a working visit to Liechtenstein. The visit also included bilateral talks  with Liechtenstein's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aurelia Frick on the refugee crisis and other developments that affect Balkan nations. Macedonia's Foreign Minister also paid a visit to the National Museum and the Treasury and concluded the trip with a Liechtenstein-Macedonia football match.

A little more here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Alois and Sophie Visit Poland

Photo: GR
Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were on an official visit to Poland today. In Warsaw, they were received by President Andrzej Duda and his wife Aganta Kornhauser-Duda as well as Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinski. In addition to the bilateral ties between Poland and Liechtenstein, topics such as Brexit, the future of Europe and immigration policies were discussed during the official talks. The occasion of the visit to Poland was the repatriation of the archives of the Princely Family and the city of Gdansk.

Photo: GD
The story behind it goes as following: In 1944, Soviet soldiers took parts of the house archives of the Princely Family from Burg Liechtenstein in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria, and brought them to Moscow. For decades, the documents were thought to be lost. In 1993, some were found again in the archives of the Russian capital and given back to the Princely Family. The delivery to Liechtenstein, however, didn't alone include material from the house archives but also from the archives of the city of Gdansk, that had also been brought to Moscow prior. In turn, some parts of the Liechtenstein archives were already brought to Gdansk in 1958. Whyever the mix-up? No idea, but everything is back in the hands of their original owners now. The material the Princely Family received back to day include bills of sale, documents on legal matters, contracts, inventories, bills and protocolls as well as genealogical tables dating from the 16th to 19th century.

Grand Duke Sends Letter of Condolence for London Attacks

On the 23rd, Grand Duke Henri sent a letter of condolence, following the attacks in London on the 22nd. The text of the letter is below:

Your Majesty,

The Grand Duchess and I are shocked to hear about the news of the terrible events yesterday near Westminster.

The Luxembourg people join us in expressing to Your Majesty our most heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families.

In these times of uncertainty it is of utmost importance to stand together in the defence of our common values.

Henri
Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Henri and Maria Teresa Celebrate Springbreak

Photo: Claude Piscitelli / Cour grand-ducale
On the 22nd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were in Kirchberg to attend the opening event of "Springbreak Luxembourg," which was previously the annual Spring Fair at Luxexpo. The fair has seen a consistent drop in popularity in recent years, and the rebranding effort is expected to drive a new interest.

The opening included a range of musical performances, with a selection of international delicacies on food trucks also available for attendees. Springbreak Luxembourg will run for five days, from the 22nd to the 26th (down from the nine days of previous years).

A little more from Wort, in English and in German. There are no photos of the Grand Ducal couple at the event just yet, but they'll be added if they're released. There you go.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Princess Marie-Gabrielle Has Civil Wedding in Luxembourg

Photo: Valentin Dupont
Princess Marie-Gabrielle, daughter of Prince Jean and thus niece of Grand Duke Henri, and her future husband Antonius Willms have chosen Luxembourg as the place for their civil wedding. The city of Luxembourg published the official publication du mariage today. The notice of intended marriage is commonly published ten days prior to the wedding day meaning that the couple will tie the knot on Saturday, April 1. The couple will have their religious wedding in Spain later this year.

Princess Marie-Gabrielle was born on September 8, 1986, in Paris, France, as the first child and only daughter of Prince Jean and his first wife Hélène Vestur. Marie-Gabrielle has three younger brothers. Antonius Willms is the son of Hayo Willms and Countess Maria Theresia of Goess-Saurau. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 22, 1988. The couple's engagement became public in early January of this year.

Princely Couple Meets Disabled People

Photo: Tatjana Schnalzger / Vaterland / Vaterland.li
Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie welcomed around 20 people with disabilities at Schloss Vaduz today. The visit was part of the new initiative "Mitenand im Alltag" (or "Together Everyday") of the Heilpädagogisches Zentrum, a educational institution for mentally challenged children founded by Princess Gina. The initiative shall help reservations and inhibition threshold when it comes to disabilities. For more information and pictures, have a look at Volksblatt and Vaterland.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

For Prince and Country... Prince Hans-Adam Presented With New Book

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
Earlier today, Prince Hans-Adam II received Antti Ruokonen at Schloss Vaduz. Ruokonen presented the Fürst with the first edition of his new book "For Prince and Country - Awards and Medals of Liechtenstein". The Finnish expert has previously written a book on Luxembourg's orders - read our review here - and if the previous book is anything to go by this one - officially presented at Liechtenstein's national museum today - will be very worth reading as well. For more information, have a look at Vaterland.