Friday, February 12, 2016

New Pictures of the Grand Ducal Couple

Photos: Cour grand-ducale / Carole Bellaïche
To celebrate their wedding anniversary on Sunday, the cour grand-ducale has published four new pictures of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (in Armani for the colour photograph). The couple tied the knot on Valentine's Day 1981, for a look back have a look at this old edition of Luxarazzi 101. The pictures were taken at  Château de Berg by French photographer Carole Bellaïche.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prince Hans-Adam at the Oxford Union

On the evening of February 5th, Prince Hans-Adam was in England as a guest of the Oxford Union. The Oxford Union website notes the Prince's well-known position on supporting the modern role of royal families, as well as his philanthropy and banking interests as the owner of LGT Banking Group, so it appears that he discussed one or more of these topics with the members. We'll update with more information if it becomes available.

In the meantime, a Twitter photo below, as well as some nice Facebook photos here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Grand Duke (Possibly) Plans to Visit Montenegro

Photo: CDM.me
Probably sometime earlier this week, Vladimir Radulovic, the new non-resident ambassador of Montenegro to the Grand Duchy, presented his credentials to Grand Duke Henri, Montenegrin media reports. Interesting to note is the last part of the article, which states that a statement of Montenegro's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration says that "[Grand] Duke Henri has accepted the invitation of the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović, to visit our country". So maybe a state or official visit in the works?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Stéphanie Visits "Picasso.Mania" and "Lucien Clergue" in Paris

Photo: Les Amis des Musées
On February 2, Les Amis des Musées visited the "Picasso.Mania" exhibition in Paris. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, who is the patron of the art-loving organisation, accompanied the group for the visit to the Grand Palais. After viewing the exhibition with hundreds of paintings by Pablo Picasso, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, Luxembourg's ambassador in France, Paul Dühr, hosted the group for lunch. After luncheon, the group including Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie also visited the exhibition "Lucien Clergue".

More visuals at the cour, more information on the website of Luxembourg's ambassador in France.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hereditary Prince Alois Receives Four Ambassadors

Photo: Hereditary Prince Alois with José Borges dos Santos Júnior /
 Information und Kommunikation der Regierung, Vaduz
Today, Hereditary Prince Alois received four ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: José Borges dos Santos Júnior from Brazil, Damir Grbović from the Republic of Montenegro, Breifne O'Reilly from Ireland, and Sang-kyu Lee from Korea.

A little more information about the day's events at Volksblatt.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Autism Foundation

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
This morning, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie paid a visit to the Centre Fondation Autisme (FAL). The FAL was established in 1996 by a group of concerned parents who had gathered to address the lack of structures and services for people of all ages with autism in the Grand Duchy. The main aim of the Centre Fondation Autisme is to promote and defend the rights of persons with autism in Luxembourg, irrespective of the level of their disability. The couple visited the Munshausen site of the foundation which provides accommodation and short-term stays, a day-care centre and summertime activities, holiday camps and leisure activities, as well as administrative assistance to families. 

No visuals as of yet but we'll make sure to add them if any become available. Two pictures can be found on the Facebook page of the cour, another two at Le Quotidien.

Henri Attends Concert of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Photo: Nederlandse ambassade in Luxemburg
Last night, Grand Duke Henri attended a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. On January 1, the Netherlands took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the Grand Duchy. The Dutch orchestra announced that they would give a concert in each of the 28 member states of the European Union during the tenure of their country's presidency, which will end on June 30. Fun fact: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra was founded in 1888, when Luxembourg and Netherlands will still ruled by the same person, King-Grand Duke Willem III.

No pPhotos of the concert yet on the Facebook page of the Dutch embassy in Luxembourg. Also Kkeep yourself busy with new visuals of cutiepie Amalia instead.

Kinnekskanner, the Gift That Keeps On Giving

Photo: RTL / RTL.lu
Kinnekskanner turns out to be the gift that keeps on giving: The documentary about the life and work of the Grand Ducal Family will air on February 14, starting at 6.15pm. RTL now shared pictures of the documentary in addition to the already previously seen trailers. Follow the link to the pictures to also listen to a radio interview with Deborah Ceccacci. The RTL journalist tells that she got the idea for the documentary after she followed the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess around for national day 2014 and interviewed them.

Prince Louis Gives TV Interview

Photo: RTL
Prince Louis gave a TV interview about his struggles with dyslexia. The interview is part of a report about the forum for learning disorders and dyslexia in general. It can be viewed at RTL, simply skip ahead to the 2:50 minutes mark. The report also contains bits of interview with Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Also read our translation of the interview Prince Louis gave to Tageblatt a few days ago.

Guillaume Hands Out the Export Award

On Wednesday evening, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was present to hand out the "Export Award" on behalf of the Chambre de Commerce and the Office du Ducroire of the Grand Duchy (or the Luxembourg Export Credit Agency). The prize, begun in 2011, is given out every two years in recognition of Luxembourg-based SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) that have made noteworthy efforts in the area of internationalization.

The first prize for this event went to Fast Track Diagnostics, located out of Esch, while second prize went to Keller AG Porches from Troisvièrges, and third prize went to Gilles Tooling from Wecker.

Some nice photos of the event, as well as close-ups of the award, at Tageblatt and a little more information at Luxinnovation.