Friday, January 18, 2019

Weekly Roundup: Two Funerals, A Throne Speech and More

January 12 to 18, 2019

First up, a little addition to last week's roundup: On January 11, Fürstin Paula of Fürstenberg was laid to rest in Donaueschingen, Germany. Among the mourners for Princess Paula, who died at the age of 92 earlier this month, were several members of the Liechtenstein family including Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie as well as Prince Nikolaus.
Photo: Claude Piscitelli / Cour grand-ducale
Prince Louis was back in Luxembourg on Sunday where he attended the Kagami Biraki festival 2019, jointly organised by the Interreg Judo Cooperation and the Luxembourgish Martial Arts Federation, and saw some fighting action. Prince Louis has been the patron of the latter since 2010. More pictures of the event at the cour.
Photo: SIP / Emmanuel Claude
98 and going strong: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel paid a visit to Grand Duke Jean at his home Château de Fischbach. While no details were released, I'm sure the Grand Duke Jean is still very much up-to-date on and interested in the state of government in the Grand Duchy and thus welcomed the visit by the PM.
Photo: Claude Piscitelli / Cour grand-ducale
Also on Tuesday, Grand Duke Henri met with the committee of the Baueren-Allianz, or farmer's alliance, for some unspecified reason apart from the fact that they celebrated their 30th anniversary about a year ago in January 2018 - or is that a typo by the cour? If it is, I feel ya. 

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On Wednesday, the funeral of Count Philippe de Lannoy, father of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie took place in the Belgian village of Anvaing. In attendance to support the Hereditary Grand Duchess and her family during these sad times were Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, of course, as well as Grand Duke Henri, Prince Louis and Princess Alexandra in addition to Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla, Archduchess Marie-Astrid with her mother-in-law Archduchess Yolande, and Princess Anunciata. Count Philippe de Lannoy passed away on Thursday last week at the age of 96. More photos at Getty Images.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Samuel Kirszenbaum
On the same day, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was in Paris for a previously scheduled event, an award ceremony by the Fondation Stéphane Bern pour l'Histoire et le Patrimoine - Institut de France. The Grand Duchess handed out the History Award to Loris Chavanette for his book "Quatre-vingt-quinze, La Terreur en procès". The cour has more visuals and also stated the the Grand Duchess was sorry that she could not attend the Count of Lannoy's funeral but was present in her thoughts.

More sad news for Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie came later in the week: Her uncle, Dominique della Faille de Leverghem, younger brother of her mother Countess Alix, died on January 13 at the age of 72, as announced in La Libre Belgique. Our condolences go out to the family.
Photo: Daniel Schwender / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
Thursday saw Hereditary Prince Alois open Liechtenstein's parliament for this year with the traditional throne speech (and no, neither he nor his father have a literal throne to sit on while doing so). In his speech, the Hereditary Prince called on politicians and Liechtensteiners alike to unite and create a bright future for the country instead of becoming a nation of naysayers. His full speech (as well as a video of the speech) can be found at Vaterland.

Earlier today, Friday that is, Monseigneur le Grand-Duc visited the judicial authorities of the District Court in Diekirch. No pictures as of yet and also not pictures - because it is just about to start - of tonight's event: A concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the accession of Grand Duchess Charlotte to the throne at the Église Saint-Michel attended by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. We will include both events again in next week's roundup.

Pssst, also come back during the course of the week as there will be some extra posts between this and next Friday...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Luxarazzi 101: Prince Consort Felix - War and Exile

Let's keep above the fray for a moment and head into the second half of January with a look back into history to learn more about Prince Felix. For the first two parts of our biography series about he husband of Grand Duchess Charlotte can be found here and here.

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Felix was in New York City visiting the World's Fair with his son Jean and nephew, Archduke Felix of Austria, when the Second World War broke out in September 1939. Before visiting the Fair, the elder Felix and Jean had stayed at the White House for several days as the guest of President and Mrs. Roosevelt. An outbreak of war in Europe had been expected for several weeks. It is possible (even likely) that Felix planned the trip with Jean to try and garner support for the Grand Duchy in the face of war. While the two considered cutting their visit short, Felix and Jean completed their itinerary as planned, returning to Luxembourg on September 18.

The Grand Ducal Family faced little immediate danger in the first eight months of the war, a period now known as the Phoney War. During this time the Prince Consort posed the idea of quickly building the Luxembourg Army up to 7,000 to 8,000 men. The enhanced forces would not be trained specifically to fight, but rather to block roads and destroy bridges in hopes of deterring - or at least slowing - invasion of the country by the Germans. Felix's plan was not widely supported by the people of the country who still hoped to maintain their unarmed neutrality.

Felix and his family in 1940 at Château de Bostz
The invasion of Luxembourg on May 10, 1940, forced the family to flee the country. For the next two months Felix, Charlotte, his sister Zita, and all of their children raced westward across Europe in an effort to escape advancing German forces. The family stayed in various private homes and hideouts in France and Spain before arriving in Portugal at the end of June. Not confident of their safety in Europe, Felix reached out to his American contacts for help, which was granted.

Charlotte remained in Lisbon on July 15, 1940, while Felix and the children departed for the United States. Eight days later the family arrived in Annapolis, Maryland, via the USS Trenton, a US cruiser. The family was welcomed at the White House where they were guests at a lunch hosted by President Franklin Roosevelt. Felix thanked the American people for their hospitality, and sadly reported that he had no idea when they would be reunited with Charlotte. Felix and his children later traveled to New York where they stayed on Long Island as the guests of Joseph E. Davies, a former diplomat to Luxembourg. Felix's mother, Princess Antonia, arrived with her daughter Isabella in New York in early October of 1940. Felix was there to welcome the two along with his sister Zita and some of her children.
Charlotte and Felix in 1940
The Grand Ducal Family received constant news of the events in Europe. Reports of the Germans mistreating the Luxembourgish people in particular shocked and saddened the family. Between late 1940 and 1942, Felix divided his time mostly between the government-in-exile in Montreal and the United States, attending various dinners, rallies, and presentations as a means of gathering support in North America for Luxembourg. During this time Felix and his family were frequent guests of the Roosevelts. At the suggestion of President Roosevelt, Charlotte and Felix conducted a tour of the United States in 1940 and 1941 to keep the plight of Luxembourg present among the American people. Felix concentrated on visiting the midwestern states where there was a larger population of Luxembourgish-Americans.

In the fall of 1942, Felix and Jean joined the British Army. While Jean joined the Irish Guards, Felix served in a variety of capacities, including heading a group of volunteer Luxembourgish soldiers who had fled to Britain at the start of the war as well as acting as a liaison officer with the French Army.  Following D-Day at the beginning of June 1944, Prince Felix began serving with the 12th US Army Group, where he worked at the headquarters of Patton's Third Army in the far western section of European Allied land forces. This was the start of Patton's Lorraine Campaign, although Felix was reassigned at the very beginning of the campaign. Instead, Felix began his service at the headquarters of the Fifth Armored Division of the Fifth American Corps tasked with a specific duty - the liberation of Luxembourg.

American troops first entered the Grand Duchy on September 9, 1944. Felix and Jean rode in with the Fifth Armored Division troops to a now-liberated Luxembourg City the following day, on September 10, 1944. The public was ecstatic to see both the Prince Consort and Hereditary Grand Duke participating in the country's liberation. The two were hoisted on the shoulders of the countrymen and carried around the streets of the city in celebration.

Felix with Sir Winston Churchill and then Hereditary Grand Duke Jean
shortly after the liberation of Luxembourg
Felix was set to serve as head of the temporary government in Charlotte's absence following the liberation. However, he was not entitled to serve in this capacity per the constitution of Luxembourg, and the position instead was filled by Hereditary Grand Duke Jean. In the meantime, the German army was able to re-establish the front in the northeast section of the Grand Duchy in December 1944. This offensive, now known as the Battle of the Bulge, was set to cause heavy damage to that part of the country. Fortunately the majority of the Grand Duchy remained in Allied hands and Grand Duchess Charlotte and all six of the couple's children were able to return to the country in April 1945.

During the spring of 1945, Felix set out on a more personal mission - finding his sister-in-law Antonia. The Bavarian crown princess and her family had lived the majority of the war in exile in northern Italy as Antonia's husband Rupprecht was an open and firm critic of the Nazi regime.  Antonia and a few of her children were shuffled from one hiding place to another, before Antonia contracted typhus in Austria and was then interred for a time in a series of concentration camps.  Using his contacts with the Allies, Felix was finally able to locate his wife's sister at a hospital in Jena, Germany. Felix took an ailing Antonia back to Luxembourg to continue her recuperation, inviting her children to join her.

Sadly, Antonia was not the only member of Felix's family to suffer from the Nazi regime. His brother Xavier had participated in some Resistance activities during the war and also hid labor camp escapees at his estate in Austria. When his actions were discovered, he was arrested by the Gestapo and eventually sent to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was forced to endure bouts of enforced starvation. Felix helped to liberate Dachau at the end of April 1945 in hopes of finding Xavier, speaking with Luxembourgish survivors of the camp during his time there. Although Xavier had been moved shortly before the liberation, he was freed shortly afterward and fully recovered from his experience. 
Gianni Battista Cima's Madonna and Child, one of the recovered
Villa Pianore paintings.  (Photo: Caribinieri)
Felix was also to discover that his Villa Pianore in northwest Italy had been looted by the Nazis during the war. While the majority of the items stolen from the villa were returned, three 15th century paintings used to decorate the SS regional offices in Bolzano could not be located at the close of the war, prompting the Italian government to issue Felix a compensation payment at the end of 1945. Nearly seventy years later, the Italian government located the paintings in the holdings of a private collector in Italy in 2014. The paintings were not returned to the Grand Ducal Family due to the earlier payment compensating for their loss.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Luxarazzi in Limbo: What the Heck Is Going On With Royal Watching?

How long have you been reading Luxarazzi? Right from the start sometime all the way back in 2009? Or was it the wedding of Guillaume and Stéphanie that brought you here? Or Félix and Claire? Or maybe it was your love for history? For jewellery? For royal fashion? Whatever it was that brought you here in the first place, we are very lucky with our loyal readership. It's a nice little place on the world wide web. A lot has changed in the past ten years though; we, your writers here at Luxarazzi, and also Luxarazzi itself. We always tried to model this blog to fit our own interests and increasingly busy schedules and also your interests - but for how long we will feel like continue doing that, I just don't know.

In the last few days, we were sadly reminded that the world of royal watching around us has also changed in the past ten years. And not for the better, I might add. One of our own, Heaven who provides us with great insight into wardrobes of the Luxembourg and Liechtenstein ladies, and her fellow writers at UFO No More were right in the middle of this. 

Their annual post on the worth of the wardrobe of several royal ladies has garnered widespread attention. After lengthy discussions with Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan and the Office of Queen Rania, they decided to no longer include her in the list. The information published in previous years had been used against her to criticise Queen Rania. While the writers at UFO No More always clearly stated that they simply published the numbers the new pieces worn that year were worth, others simply took the number and stated for a fact that this was the money a royal lady had spent on their wardrobe. (Just to be clear: There's a difference as royals may lend clothes or get hefty discounts.) 

While nobody would have probably ever talked about the matter again because it had been a year since the numbers were published, the Hashemite Royal Court made sure that the controversy was in everyone's mouth at the beginning of this year, when they issued a press release stating that the numbers were never true and simply made up. Even if Queen Rania didn't actually pay as much for her wardrobe as it is worth according to the retail prices because she borrowed the clothes or got them at reduced prices, maybe she and the people surrounding her should also think about the message she sends wearing usually expensive designer clothes - even if acquired at a lower rate - while being the wife of a head of state of a developing nation.

I do not live in a bubble. I realise that what you write about a royal or a famous person on the internet can have consequences in real life for them, especially when your website garners the attention of the wide-spread media. We have been there with Luxarazzi and while we generally have a good relationship with the cour grand-ducale, they weren't always in favour of all the things we published. And that's fine. In the end, they are a PR outlet for the Grand Ducal Family. We are part of a new form of media and media isn't a PR outlet. We both have every right to exist. Luckily, both Luxembourg and Liechtenstein are free and democratic countries - so we are free to share our opinions and agree to disagree with what the Grand Ducal and Princely Families do. While we generally try to keep the tone light, we always try to make sure to give a balanced view on things.

All of this, however, isn't the reason that I feel like Luxarazzi is in a limbo and cannot predict where we are heading. Instead, it was the reaction by many on social media and elsewhere to the Rania drama and the numbers published for the Duchess of Sussex that just wants us - as I am pretty certain that I can also speak for the other people behind Luxarazzi here - to leave the royal watching world behind. I know that it is probably a byeffect of social media, echo chambers and filter bubbles but when have we lost the ability the process information that does not fit our own narrative? When did we lose the ability to agree to disagree? How boring is live in an echo chamber? Living in a filter bubble, where everyone thinks the same way as you do, will never challenge you and help you to grow and see things from another point of view even if you don't agree.

Yet, when UFO No More published the numbers for 2018, especially some parts of the followerbase of the Duchess of Sussex jumped at the throats of the writers over at UFO No More. Many people even seem insistent that there must be some great conspiracy behind all of it to put Meghan in her place, that the numbers were simply published to tear her down. Do you realise that UFO No More has published the same kind of post even before Meghan came onto the scene? It seems hard to understand to some but there was royal watching well before Meghan. The same people also do not seem to be able to grasp that not every information published about a royal that isn't glowingly praising them is criticism. If anything, if the circumstance that Meghan's wardrobe of 2018 was worth more than that of other royals and the publication of the fact rubs you the wrong way, it is probably a sign that you think that her number is, in fact, too high.

If you care to read the full articles published by UFO No More, you will see that it doesn't include any opinions whatsoever on the numbers. So all opinions and criticisms are projections by the readers. As a blog or website, you do not have control over what others do with the information you provide.  You can take almost any information and make them fit your narrative. A royal is not a celebrity. Monarchy and royalty in 21st century should not not be an end in itself. People are allowed to question and people are allowed to chose. Royals have to navigate the challenges of today, whether criticism is constructive or unfounded. I don't envy them but to deny people to publish researched facts just to raise the pedestal on which a royal is put negates important discussions and reflections - and ultimately growth. 

Weekly Roundup: New Year's Receptions, Concerts, and Interviews

For this week's Roundup, we're featuring the different New Year's events that occurred in recent days.

Hereditary Prince Alois participated in an interview around December 31st, but we're still trying to locate more about it. (We'll update if and when it shows up.)

Additionally, Prince Hans-Adam gave a New Year's interview, in which he talks about Christmas with a large family, as well as how fortunate he feels that his sons have been able to take on professional roles that suit them individually. He also mentions that the 300th anniversary of Liechtenstein will be observed this year, so there are some exciting events to look forward to. Part 1 of the interview here and Part 2 here.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Of course, we also want to post again about Grand Duke Jean's 98th birthday celebration on January 5th, with the wonderful family picture that was released.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Meanwhile in Luxembourg work activities, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa held the first of two receptions on January 8th. This event welcomed members of the Chambre des députés, as well as the Prime Minister and other members of government.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
The following day, on the 9th, the Grand Ducal couple held the second reception for members of the Bureau du Conseil d'Etat, members of the Diplomatic Corps currently living in Luxembourg, and members of the Grand Ducal household.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Also on January 9th, Grand Duke Henri attended the New Year's Concert performance from the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, under the direction of Sir Lawrence Foster. The Grand Duke has been a patron of this event since 2013.

Photo: llv.li
And back in Liechtenstein, Prince Hans-Adam, Princess Marie, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie also held a New Year's reception at Schloss Vaduz on Thursday. Many more photos available here.

Earlier today, the sad news that the father of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie has passed away reached us. For more information, we direct you to this post.

The Count of Lannoy Has Passed Away

Photo: Cour Grand Ducale / Guy Wolff
Count Philippe de Lannoy, father of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, has passed away on Thursday, January 10, at the age of 96, the cour grand-ducale has announced. Our deepest condolences go out to the Hereditary Grand Duchess, her siblings and family.

The Count of Lannoy was born on August 14, 1922, as the first son of Count Paul de Lannoy and his wife née Princess Béatrice de Ligne. In 1965, he married Alix della Faille de Leverghem and the couple had eight children with Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie being the youngest. Countess Alix de Lannoy passed away in 2012 shortly before the wedding of her youngest daughter. The Count of Lannoy is survived by his children, children-in-law and several grandchildren. He is succeeded as the head of the House of Lannoy by his oldest son, Count Jehan.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Grand Duke Jean Celebrates 98th Birthday With His Family

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Grand Duke Jeans turns 98 years young today - Team Luxarazzi would like to take the opportunity to wish His Royal Highness a very happy birthday and health for the year ahead. The cour grand-ducale was so kind as to release a photograph of Grand Duke Jean celebrating his birthday at Château de Berg with (some of his) family.

First row from left:
Count Constantin and Count Léopold of Limburg-Stirum (sons of Archduchess Marie-Christine and Count Rodolphe)

Second row:
Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa

Third row:
Prince Louis, Archduchess Marie-Christine with youngest son Count Gabriel, Count Rodolphe, Countess Diane, Prince Jean, Princess Sibilla, Archduchess Gabriella with daughter Victoria, Archduke Alexander, Princess Charlotte and Princess Alexandra

P.S. Our Weekly Roundups will return next week as the Grand Ducal Family and Princely Family are still largely on their Christmas break.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Christmas and Beyond

December 22 to 28, 2018

'Tis the season and Team Luxarazzi hopes that you spent a wonderful couple of days with your loved ones. Naturally, there hasn't been much going on royal-wise over the last week, so lucky for you, we missed a few things in our last Weekly Roundup so there's something for this week to share.
Photo: Tatjana Schalzger / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
In the spirit of Christmas, the International Peace Light arrived at Schloss Vaduz in Liechtenstein on December 19. Now in its 32nd year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Company (ORF) and was part of a large charitable relief mission for children in need in Austria and abroad called Light into Darkness. Since then it has greatly expanded and the light is now travelling from Bethlehem, where it is lit by an Austrian child in the Natavity Grotto, to more than 30 countries each year. Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were on hand to receive the light. More pictures...
Photo: Klaus Schädler / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
Already on December 8, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were in attendance for the 250th anniversary of the parish of Triesenberg. After a mass at the local parish church, a reception was held in the municipality. More pictures...
Photo: Liechtensteiner Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
Prior to Christmas, Hereditary Prince Sophie also made her traditional advent visits to the different retirement homes and the hospital of Liechtenstein. She was on tour for several days, pictures of one of the visits here.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Grand Duke Henri gave his traditional Christmas speech broadcasted on December 24. You can view the speech here and read the full speech here.

In an interview with Radio Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince Alois talked about the country's upcoming 300th anniversary celebrations, among others. The full interview is available here.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Two Baptisms of sorts and credentials.



This week it is double weekly roundup! I apologize for missing last week's roundup post. I just bought a new house, and the process was very time consuming (and stressful).

On December 12, the Grand Duke started off the week by receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors of Switzerland, Iceland, Kazakhstan, and Estonia.

Cour Grand-Ducale
The same day the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess sent a telegram of condolence and solidarity to President Macron after the tragic attack in nearby Strasbourg.

The Grand Duke stayed busy the next day by receiving the members of the new Chambre des Deputes.

Cour grand-ducale/Claude Piscitelli
Later the same evening the Grand Duke and Princess Alexandra attended the Christmas Gala of the SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde. The gala included a performance by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, which is under the patronage of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. Princess Alexandra had the honour of baptizing a new E Flat bell that belongs to the orchestra. 

Cour grand-ducale/Marion Dessard

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess wrapped up the week by awarding prizes at the end of the biennial De Main De Maîtres.


Cour grand-ducale/Claude Piscitelli
In other family news, Archduchess Juliana of Austria was christened. The young archduchess is the third daughter for Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen. The baptism took place in Combloux, Haute-Savoie, Switzerland. The godparents are Archduchess Marie-Christine and Fr. Will Conquer. Photos of the event and a lengthy interview with Archduchess Kathleen appear in the recent Pointe de Vue. 

Anne du Castel
In Liechtenstein news, to help celebrate 300 years of of the Liechtenstein a chocolatier from the principality has created an anniversary tin with treats inside. Prince Hans-Adam received the first box from representatives of Hoi-Laden Vaduz. The bronze box features all 12 of Liechtenstein's reigning princes. It was also noted that next year more about the history of the family and the reigning princes will be made available online at the website of the princely family.


Tatjana Schnalgzer
Prince Constantin was named to the Austrian Council for Sustainable Development. The goal is to help strive and aid in the implementation of UN agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The council was formed during the summer and is already working toward their goal. 

Everyone here at Luxarazzi would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that the new year brings you many blessings.



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Fashion Focus: October 23rd-December 7th



On October 29th and 30th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was on a humanitarian mission to Lebanon. On the first day, she wore her teal Paule Ka dress with a matching Bottega Veneta clutch.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue / tous droits réservés

Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Tradesy
She also chose a Bottega Veneta clutch later that day with an old jacket.
Photo:© Cour grand-ducale / Paul Schirnhofer / tous droits réservés


Photo: Bottega Veneta

On the second day, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa debuted a new Giorgio Armani jacket.
Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue / tous droits réservés

Photo: Vogue Runway

On November 11th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in Paris and in Luxembourg. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a white wool coat from Lanvin.
Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Lanvin




On November 28th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was in The Netherlands to attend the forum "From Words to Action: repairing the wounds of wartime sexual violence". She wore a new Etro coat (with thanks to VK).

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue


Photo: Harrods
While visiting the Mains de Maitres exhibition with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume on November 28th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore an old jacket with a Miu Miu blue bag. I can't find a stock photo of the bag but the Miu Miu logo is visible in the photos. The couple was joined by several members including Princess Sibilla who wore a burgundy dress from COS.

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini

Photo: Poshmark


On December 5th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the Prix du Mérite du Bénévolat 2018. She wore the Etro paisley frill blouse that she debuted last October.


Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Harrods
And finally, a wonderful find by @PolkaPoppins on Twitter, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore this dress from Miss June (a French brand) while having dinner with Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron at Cabasson this summer!

Photo: ©Cyril Moreau / Dominique Jacovides / Bestimage

Photo: Miss June

What do you think about these outfits? I don't think I'll have enough material to do another post before the end of the year (unless these ladies decide to surprise us with plenty of events) so I wish you all a Merry Christmas in advance!

Weekly Roundup: Climate Change, a New Government, and More

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Samuel Kirszenbaum
On November 30th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 15th Entretiens de Royaumont, joining around 1200 other participants as well as more than 40 speakers who discussed this year's theme "To Be a Woman." The Grand Duchess spoke on the topic of "Being a Woman, and Victim" along with Isabelle Thery, Vice-President of the Melun High Court, and Dr. Nagham Hasan, who works with the Yazidi.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Chronicle.lu
On December 3rd, Grand Duke Henri attended the opening events for COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Katowice, Poland. He joined representatives from 190 countries to discuss the importance of "changing together" in the effort to fight global climate change.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
And closely connected to his commitment to combating climate change, the Grand Duke also attended events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ecological Movement on December 5th.

Photo: Vaterland / vaterland.li
In Liechtenstein news, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were in Seoul, South Korea to see the pieces from the Princely Collection that are on exhibit at the National Palace Museum. The exhibit is entitled "The Liechtenstein Stone - 900 Years of a Reigning Family in the Heart of Europe" and will be on display until February of next year. The couple also took time during the visit to meet with Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon and Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Taeho.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On December 5th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience six outgoing members of government. For these audiences, he also bestowed on the individuals the Ordre de Mérite civil et militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
And later that day, the Grand Duke also swore in the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and new members of government. Following the swearing-in, the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess welcomed the members of government at a reception.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Also on the 5th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a celebration for 2018's International Volunteer Day, at which she presented the Prix du Mérite du Bénévolat 2018 to Francine Muller-Malherbe.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On December 7th, the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess hosted a reception to honor the participants of humanitarian and peace-keeping missions, in connection with the Luxembourg Army and the Grand Ducal Police.

And to wrap up Liechtenstein news, on December 7th, Hereditary Prince Alois spoke about the UN Migration Pact, expressing concerns about some of its features.

Other news worth mentioning is the recent information about the ruling that came of London regarding Prince Louis's divorce from Princess Tessy, as well as the Prince's positive comments about his estranged wife. No official statement has been made by the Cour yet, so we'll post further if and when one is released.