Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Grand Duke Jean and Prince Guillaume Celebrate Mérite Jeunesse

Photo: Mérite Jeunesse Luxembourg
Already about a week ago, on April 17 to be exact, Grand Duke Jean and his youngest son Prince Guillaume attended the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Mérite Jeunesse. While Luxembourg's former Grand Duke is the patron of the Mérite Jeunesse, an organisation and award similiar to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Prince Guillaume works as the president of the administrative board.

For more information, have a look at the cour.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Guillaume and Sibilla Attend Exhibition in Brussels

Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck / Belga Image / belgaimage.be
On the 20th, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla were in Brussels to attend an exhibition entitled "La Famille royale fait la Une" from Soirmag. This marks the magazine's 90th anniversary, and the exhibition features 300 covers of the royal family.

More photos at Belga Image.

Hereditary Prince Meets Future Swiss Diplomats

Photo: IKR
Earlier this week, the trainees of the Swiss diplomatic and consular service visited Liechtenstein to get an impression of and to learn about the Principality as many of them will represent Liechtenstein diplomaticly in the future. During their visit, they were received at Schloss Vaduz by Hereditary Prince Alois. 

As Liechtenstein is a tiny country, they only maintain few diplomatic missions in other countries. The Principality has embassies in Austria, which also serves for the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the United States of America as well as a non-resident ambassador to the Holy See. In addition, it has permanent representations in Brussels, Geneva, Strasbourg and New York City to the different major multilateral organisations as well as a bunch of consulates. In all other countries, Liechtenstein is represented by Switzerland who also offer all services to Liechtensteiners that they offer their own citizens.

Prince Philipp Honours Jubilarians

Photo: lie:zeit
This week, Prince Philipp once again took the LGT Group's jubilarians to visit another company in the Principality, this time around it was watch manufacturer Huber. The 63 jubilarians of the first half on 2018, who collectively have worked 930 years for the Princely Family's bank, and the prince toured the company and later had dinner together. More information at lie:zeit.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Maria Teresa Receives LCTO Representatives

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 19th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received in audience representatives of the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) to present a check from the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse. On hand to receive the check was Marc Angel (to the right of the Grand Duchess, above) of the LCTO. That organization has organized guided tours of the Palais grand-ducal, during the summer months, since 1977; during 2017, the LCTO Palais tours saw nearly 11,000 visitors.

Information from the Cour website.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hereditary Prince Alois Attends Package Meeting

Photo: IKR / Lie-zeit.li
Between the 17th and 18th, Hereditary Prince Alois was in Vaduz to welcome the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)'s "Package Meeting," which is recognized as that body's control and monitoring section. At this meeting, Frank J. Büchel of Liechtenstein College was re-appointed, and Högni Kristjánsson of Iceland was appointed along with 14 other members to the EFTA Surveillance Authority.

Prime Minister Adrian Hasler and Deputy Prime Minister Daniel Risch were present at the event to reiterate Liechtenstein's commitment to ongoing Association dialogue, although the unique obligations of Liechtenstein law must be continually taken into account.

More information at Lie: Zeit

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Henri and Maria Teresa Attend Exhibition Opening

Photo: © Romain Girtgen, CNA / Cour grand-ducale
On the 17th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the opening of the exhibition "UNexpected Treasures" at the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN). The exhibition features a range of cultural objects that are considered to belong "non seulement aux instituts mais à tous les citoyens" (not only to institutions but to all of the citizens). "UNexpected Treasures" is organized in connection with the European Year of Cultural Heritage and reflects the varied and changing culture, from ancient evidence of human ancestry to the evolving technology of virtual reality.

Also present were Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt.

More photos at the Cour website.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hereditary Prince Alois On A Visit to Prague

Photo: IKR
Hereditary Prince Alois visited Prague this week for the establishment of the Czech-Liechtenstein Society. The evening reception at the Palais Lobkowicz was hosted by the Principality's ambassador to the Czech Republic Princess Maria-Pia. 

The history of Liechtenstein(ers) and what today is the Czech Republic is a complicated one. As you may recall, the Prince of Liechtenstein as well as 37 other Liechtenstein citizens lost their Czechoslovakian properties partly after the First World War due to a land reform and partly after the end of the Second World War based on the Beneš decrees as they were deemed German because of speaking German. As a result the Principality and the Czech Republic only established diplomatic relations in 2009. Since then relations have improved immensely with a Historical Commission being installed and the Czech-Liechtenstein Society a private initiative, as another step.

Princess Marie Celebrates Birthday

Photo: Tatjana Schnalzger / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
Princess Marie celebrates her 78th birthday today - all the best to Her Serene Highness - and already yesterday a birthday reception at Schloss Vaduz took place. A number of government officials, local politicians and members of the clergy attended the event to offer their best birthday wishes to the Fürstin.

More pictures at Volksblatt and Vaterland, a video at 1 FL TV.

Friday, April 13, 2018

New Official Picture of the Grand Duke

Photo: Lola Velasco / Cour grand-ducale
On Monday, Grand Duke Henri will celebrate his 63rd birthday. To mark the event, the cour has released a new photograph earlier today. The same day Prince Sébastien will turn 26 though unfortunately there was no new photograph the the Grand Ducal couple's youngest child. We wish both of the a very happy birthday anyway!