Thursday, March 23, 2017

Alois and Sophie Visit Poland

Photo: GR
Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were on an official visit to Poland today. In Warsaw, they were received by President Andrzej Duda and his wife Aganta Kornhauser-Duda as well as Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinski. In addition to the bilateral ties between Poland and Liechtenstein, topics such as Brexit, the future of Europe and immigration policies were discussed during the official talks. The occasion of the visit to Poland was the repatriation of the archives of the Princely Family and the city of Gdansk.

Photo: GD
The story behind it goes as following: In 1944, Soviet soldiers took parts of the house archives of the Princely Family from Burg Liechtenstein in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria, and brought them to Moscow. For decades, the documents were thought to be lost. In 1993, some were found again in the archives of the Russian capital and given back to the Princely Family. The delivery to Liechtenstein, however, didn't alone include material from the house archives but also from the archives of the city of Gdansk, that had also been brought to Moscow prior. In turn, some parts of the Liechtenstein archives were already brought to Gdansk in 1958. Whyever the mix-up? No idea, but everything is back in the hands of their original owners now. The material the Princely Family received back to day include bills of sale, documents on legal matters, contracts, inventories, bills and protocolls as well as genealogical tables dating from the 16th to 19th century.

Grand Duke Sends Letter of Condolence for London Attacks

On the 23rd, Grand Duke Henri sent a letter of condolence, following the attacks in London on the 22nd. The text of the letter is below:

Your Majesty,

The Grand Duchess and I are shocked to hear about the news of the terrible events yesterday near Westminster.

The Luxembourg people join us in expressing to Your Majesty our most heartfelt sympathy for the victims and their families.

In these times of uncertainty it is of utmost importance to stand together in the defence of our common values.

Grand Duke of Luxembourg

Henri and Maria Teresa Celebrate Springbreak

Photo: Claude Piscitelli / Cour grand-ducale
On the 22nd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were in Kirchberg to attend the opening event of "Springbreak Luxembourg," which was previously the annual Spring Fair at Luxexpo. The fair has seen a consistent drop in popularity in recent years, and the rebranding effort is expected to drive a new interest.

The opening included a range of musical performances, with a selection of international delicacies on food trucks also available for attendees. Springbreak Luxembourg will run for five days, from the 22nd to the 26th (down from the nine days of previous years).

A little more from Wort, in English and in German. There are no photos of the Grand Ducal couple at the event just yet, but they'll be added if they're released. There you go.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Princess Marie-Gabrielle Has Civil Wedding in Luxembourg

Photo: Valentin Dupont
Princess Marie-Gabrielle, daughter of Prince Jean and thus niece of Grand Duke Henri, and her future husband Antonius Willms have chosen Luxembourg as the place for their civil wedding. The city of Luxembourg published the official publication du mariage today. The notice of intended marriage is commonly published ten days prior to the wedding day meaning that the couple will tie the knot on Saturday, April 1. The couple will have their religious wedding in Spain later this year.

Princess Marie-Gabrielle was born on September 8, 1986, in Paris, France, as the first child and only daughter of Prince Jean and his first wife Hélène Vestur. Marie-Gabrielle has three younger brothers. Antonius Willms is the son of Hayo Willms and Countess Maria Theresia of Goess-Saurau. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 22, 1988. The couple's engagement became public in early January of this year.

Princely Couple Meets Disabled People

Photo: Tatjana Schnalzger / Vaterland /
Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie welcomed around 20 people with disabilities at Schloss Vaduz today. The visit was part of the new initiative "Mitenand im Alltag" (or "Together Everyday") of the Heilpädagogisches Zentrum, a educational institution for mentally challenged children founded by Princess Gina. The initiative shall help reservations and inhibition threshold when it comes to disabilities. For more information and pictures, have a look at Volksblatt and Vaterland.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

For Prince and Country... Prince Hans-Adam Presented With New Book

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Earlier today, Prince Hans-Adam II received Antti Ruokonen at Schloss Vaduz. Ruokonen presented the Fürst with the first edition of his new book "For Prince and Country - Awards and Medals of Liechtenstein". The Finnish expert has previously written a book on Luxembourg's orders - read our review here - and if the previous book is anything to go by this one - officially presented at Liechtenstein's national museum today - will be very worth reading as well. For more information, have a look at Vaterland.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Grand Duke's Message for the New German President

Grand Duke Henri has sent a congratulatory letter to the new President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Former Minister for Foreign Affairs Steinmeier assumed office yesterday. The Grand Duke congratulated him on his new position expressing that "the partnership between our countries is exemplary for good neighbourship" adding "we hope to see you and your wife soon in Luxembourg".

Grand Duke Henri Attends Czech Philharmonic Concert

On the 14th, Grand Duke Henri attended a concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert featured violinist Nikolaj Znaider and was performed under the direction of Jiří Bělohlávek. The music included pieces by Dvořák, Martinů, and Mozart.

No photos at present, but they'll be added if they're made available.

Catching Up With the Liechtensteins

Let's play another round of 'Catching Up With the Liechtensteins' cause they aren't the easiest bunch to follow, are they...?!

On March 9, Hereditary Prince Alois attanded the Liechtenstein Finance Forum in Vaduz. An array of visuals at Vaterland.

On March 14 or 15, the Hereditary Prince received Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia at Schloss Vaduz for an audience. Mr. Rinkēvičs was in Liechtenstein for a working visit. More information but no pictures from Vaterland.

In mid-February, Prince Max was in Jerusalem for some reason. While there, he got a tour of the city but no other than mayor Nir Barkat, who shared a few snaps on Twitter.

Prince Max also gave an interview to Swiss TV station SRF talking finance, the Asian market and stuff earlier this week. The video is available here.

Princess Nora is indeed currently at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Austria, as are some familiar faces from Luxembourg as well as Prince Emanuel of Liechtenstein.

On March 3, Hereditary Prince Alois was in the United States and held a speech at Princeton. The Princely Family is a supporter of the school and co-founded the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) think tank.

In mid-February, Prince Philipp gave a talk in Munich speaking about asset preservation over generations using the example of his family.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie at the Special Olympics Winter Games

Photo: Pierrot Feltgen
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are in Austria at the moment where the duo is attending the Special Olympics in Schladming. Special Olympics Luxembourg has shared numerous glimpses of their activities on Facebook. In addition to numerous sporting events, Guillaume and Stéphanie also attended the opening ceremony last night. The Special Olympics are the world's largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities hosting training as well as competitions including the Special Olympics Winter Games. Princess Nora is also a regular supporter of the event and so I guess she was or will also be present at some point during the Games, we just haven't found visual evidence yet.