Thursday, November 16, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Attends Climate Change Conference

Photo: © Editpress / Fabrizio Pizzolante / Cour grand-ducale
On the 15th, Grand Duke Henri was in Bonn, Germany, to attend COP23, also known as the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (The event also represented the 13th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol Kyoto and 2nd part of the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement.)

The event is held through the 17th and includes 25 heads of state in attendance. The five action areas for this meeting include "emissions, adaptation to the inevitable impacts of climate change, finance, partnerships and leadership."

More photos of the Grand Duke, along with his speech, at the Cour website.

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends Space Conference

Photo: © Ministère de l'Economie / Cour grand-ducale
On the 16th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was in Luxembourg City attend the conference NewSpace Europe, the first of its kind to focus on space as an industry. Jointly organized by the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and the Space Frontier Foundation, and hosted by the Ministry of the Economy, the event highlighted the increasing economic and technological opportunities that space as an ecosystem has to offer. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider was also present.

Information from the Cour website.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Celebrate "The Luxembourg Society"

Photo: The Luxembourg Society
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are in London today where they attended the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Luxembourg Society. The Hereditary Grand Duke was on hand to deliver a speech during the occasion. The Luxembourg Society was formed in London in 1942 to promote closer relations and friendship between the United Kingdom and the Grand Duchy. Through its regular meetings in London, it assists Luxembourgers to find a circle of friends who are able and willing to help them during their stay in this country. It has particular relevance to students studying there.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Maria Teresa and Alexandra Attend UNESCO Event

Photo: © Unesco / Christelle Alix / Cour grand-ducale
On the 12th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Alexandra were in Paris to attend an event honoring Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO. The Grand Duchess's ongoing work with UNESCO highlights micro-credit opportunities and the fight against poverty, as well as creating educational options for girls.

Information from the Cour website.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grand Duchess at Red Cross Bazaar

Photo: Steve Eastwood / Luxemburger Wort /
The Grand Duchess went shopping for a good cause today and also got to pet some adorable dogs as she attended the annual Red Cross Bazaar. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is, of course, the President of the Luxembourgish branch of the organisation. The bazaar at the Hall Victor Hugo took place for the 71st time this year. The proceeds will benefit youth work done by the Red Cross in the Grand Duchy as well as their international work.

Stéphanie and Sibilla at Edward Steichen Award

Photo: RTL /
On Friday, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Princess Sibilla attended the award ceremony of this year's Edward Steichen Award named for the Luxembourgish-born American photographer. The award is held under the patronage of the Grand Duchess who was represented by her daughter-in-law. Princess Sibilla (in private capacity) is one of the board members of the Edward Steichen Award. This year's winners of the award are Esther Hovers and Daniel Wagener.
Photo: RTL /
Artist Edward Steichen was born as Éduard Jean Steichen in the Grand Duchy in 1879. Together with his parents he migrated to the United States as an infant. The award named in his honour is intended to be a cross-cultural, artistic and educational bridge between Luxembourg and New York. The award competition is open to contemporary visual and fine artists between the ages of 25 and 35, winners get to stay in New York City up to six months to expand their work while being sponsored by art institutes not only in Luxembourg, but also the regions surrounding the Grand Duchy.

A gallery of visuals at RTL.

Grand Duke Meets Deputies

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
This past week, Grand Duke Henri received the members of the bureau of the Chamber of Deputies at the palais grand-ducal for an audience on the occasion of the new term of parliament - and we got kind of a badly lit visual of it. That's about all the information I can you provide you with about the meeting others than the names of the people in attendance. However, it's easier to just hop over to the website of the cour to read them there.

Grand Duke Attends Academic Session

Photo: Christof Weber
The other day, Grand Duke Henri attended the 50th anniversary of the Confédération Générale de la Fonction Publique, an association of public sector occupational unions. Others to attend the academic session included Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, President of Parliament Mars di Bartolomeo and Luxembourg mayor Lydie Polfer.

The cour has another picture of the event.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Five New Ambassadors

Photo: Grand Duke Henri with the Ambassador from Panama /
© Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 9th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience five new ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: Dario Ernesto Chiru Ochoa from the Republic of Panama; Karla Luzette Beteta Brenes from the Republic of Nicaragua; Choe Il from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Elpidoforos Economou from the Republic of Cyprus; and Jacqueline Marie Zaba Nikiema from Burkina Faso.

More photos available from the Cour website.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Gospel Concert

Photo: Sébastien Grébille
Last night, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in attendance for a concert by "Gospel and Friends". The choir is made up of singers between the ages of 75 and 100. The concert was organised by Fondation Ecouter pour Mieux s’Entendre (EME), or Listen to Better Understand. Guillaume and Stéphanie have been supporting the organisation all the way since their wedding donating 15,000 euros to the Fondation and previously attending concerts in December 2014in May 2015 and January 2016.

More pictures and information from the cour.