Monday, June 24, 2019

Fashion Focus: National Day Edition

Fashion Focus is back! This is our first post in 2019 and there are two explanations for that. First of all, there hasn't been much to cover when it comes to fashion before this National Day weekend. Second of all, we wanted to respect the period of mourning for the late Grand Duke Jean. I can't say the Fashion Focus posts will be back on a regular schedule because it will depend on the activities of the grand-ducal family. So I think the next Fashion Focus will be published when I have enough information to write about in a full post. Now, let's start this Fashion Focus edition with a few fashion ids from earlier this year.


On 22 May, the Grand Ducal couple, the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple and Prince Louis opened the 4th edition of the exhibition 'Révélations' in Paris. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a Lanvin coat.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Photo: Lanvin



Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a Hobbs dress with an LK Bennett bag.

Photo: Hobbs

Photo: LK Bennett

For the closing of the Octave, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new coat while Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore an old dress and repeated accessories. Princess Claire wore a dress by Zimmermann.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Zimmermann
On 18 June, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa gave a garden party for the forces vives. Maria Teresa wore a green lace outfit by Carolina Herrera.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Photo: Carolina Herrera


On 21 June, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, and Princess Alexandra attended a reception for residents of Colmar-Berg. Maria Teresa wore a red Carolina Herrera wrap top.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Carolina Herrera
22 June marked the start of the National Day weekend. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited the Château de Bourscheid while Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended celebrations in Esch-Sur-Alzette. Stephanie wore a new yellow Natan dress with old accessories.
Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu

Photo: Lutz.nl
In the evening, the Grand Ducal family attended the torchlight parade. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore an Etro long coat with her Sergio Rossi shoes.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli

Photo: Farfetch

Photo: Sergio Rossi
Princess Alexandra wore an Etro ikat print jacket while Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore the same outfit as earlier in the day.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli 
Photo: Farfetch


On 23 June, the Grand Ducal family celebrated the National Day. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new Lanvin dress with Prada pumps.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Lanvin
Photo: Prada
While she changed her earrings for the Te Deum, she wore mismatched Isabel Marant earrings at the Philarmonie.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: MyTheresa


Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore a beautiful pink dress with her Sophie Habsburg clutch and Rupert Sanderson pumps. Her hat was created by Sylvia Martinez for Les Folies Bibis and it is made of porcelain.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Sophie Habsburg

Photo: Rupert Sanderson

Photo: Sylvia Martinez


Princess Alexandra wore a suit that was first worn by her mother in 2003.


In the evening, the family attended the gala dinner. I don't have any information about Grand Duchess Maria Teresa's outfit but I think she might have worn her Prada silver pumps. I don't know anything about Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's outfit and Princess Alexandra wore a top that was first worn by her mother in the 1980s.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Prada

What did you think of this year's national day fashion?



Sunday, June 23, 2019

Tiara Galore and Dashing Gentlemen: National Day Gala

All photos: Sophie Margue / Cour grand-ducale
Today is Luxembourg's National Day and, saving the best for last, the Grand Ducal Family rounded off the day with the traditional gala events a.k.a. the only sure time of the year we get to see the grand ducal ladies in tiaras - and today was no different. Everyone who attended the day's events minus Prince Félix, who probably had to head back to wife and kids, was present for the evening event as well.
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa sported one of her go-to tiaras, the Belgian Scroll Tiara, together with pearl earrings that we believe date back to the days of Grand Duchess Adelheid-Marie.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie adorned her red gown with the Nassau Floral Tiara and one of the Nassau Rose Brooches as well as some mystery ruby earrings she previously sported in Cannes. Fun fact: I believe this is actually a tiara premiere for the Hereditary Grand Duchess. If my memory serves me right, she has not worn this tiara before.
Princess Alexandra topped of her dress that is older than this lovely lady herself (well, part of it at least) with the Turquoise Tiara, necklace and earrings as well as a major diamond ring.
Of course the gentlemen of the Grand Ducal Family also were their dashing selves this evening. While Grand Duke Henri, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Prince Sébastien sported their military uniforms, Prince Louis was in white tie.
Among the invitees for tonight's gala were members of the government, the bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, the Council of State, representatives of the judiciary, heads of the administration and foreign ambassadors - and they all looked to have a jolly good time!













National Day Weekend in Luxembourg

The Grand Ducal Family was busy this weekend celebrating Luxembourg's National Day. As every year, while the official holiday and celebrations took place today (Sunday), the celebrations already kicked off yesterday with the traditional visit to Esch-sur-Alzette by the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess, a visit to Château de Bourscheid by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess as well as the torchlight parade.

Visit to Esch-sur-Alzette

Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
At around 5pm yesterday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were greeted at the Place de la Résistance in Esch-Sur-Alzette by the town's officials. After the laying of a wreath of flowers at the war memorial, they made their way to the city centre of Esch. In front of the town hall the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess watched a parade of the associations and clubs of Esch-sur-Alzette. After a short reception hosted in the honour of the royal guests at the town hall and an appearance on the balcony, the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple made their way to the Escher Volleksfest, a public fair celebrating National Day, where they mingled with the people and lit a fire together with young scouts. More pictures and videos at Wort and RTL.

Château de Bourscheid

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Meanwhile, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa paid a visit to the newly renovated Château de Bourscheid. After learning about the castle and its almost 1000-year-long history, the couple mingled with the people and took part in a celebratory ceremony that saw emergency and rescue services rewarded for their duties. The also paid a visit to House Stolzemburg, which is part of the castle. More pictures and videos at Wort and RTL.

Torchlight Parade

Photo: Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Then the two grand ducal duos reunited and was joined by another few family members, namely Prince Félix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien, for the traditional torchlight parade and fireworks on the eve of the Grand Duke's official birthday. The torchlight parade features firefighters, scouts and basically everyone who is old enough to hold it carrying (surprise, surprise) torches. In addition there are folklore and musical groups and associations performing. The torchlight procession is part of the street festival taking place in the city on the day prior to the National Day. The pre-celebrations were rounded off by a fireworks display watched by the Grand Ducal Family from the balcony of the Place de la Constitution. More pictures and videos at Wort and RTL.

Official Ceremony

Photo: Sophie Margue / Cour grand-ducale
This morning, the long day of festivities for National Day started with practically almost already traditional official ceremony. First introduced in 2013, the secular ceremony took place at the Salle de concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte of the Philharmonie Luxembourg this year. Just like last night, the Grand Ducal Family was out in quite a force to mark the occasion only missing Princess Claire. As part of the ceremony, the Grand Duke, President of Parliament Fernand Etgen and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gave speeches and presented honorary awards to deserving Luxembourgers, including two Luxembourgish soldiers killed earlier this year during an explosion of a WWII bomb presented to their families. More pictures and videos at Wort and RTL.

Military Parade

Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Next up on the day's agenda was the military parade which took place in the Avenue Kennedy this year. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and, for the second time now, Prince Sébastien, were on hand to witness the occasion. Apart from Luxembourg's armed forces, the parade also included police personnel and members of the rescue services.

Te Deum

The Grand Ducal Family then continued to celebrate National Day by attending the Te Deum mass at the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Luxembourg this afternoon. The Te Deum used to be the focal point of the National Day festivities but was replaced by a secular ceremony a few years ago. It's still held but in slightly smaller fashion in the afternoon. As it has been for a while now, the Te Deum was an interreligious one, concelebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Luxembourg, the chief rabbi of Luxembourg and the imam of the Muslim community. The Te Deum just ended a few minutes ago so no pictures as of yet.

What's left? The National Day Gala of course! We will have a separate post hopefully full of glittering tiaras, wonderful gowns and dashing gentlemen later today, so stay tuned!