Monday, May 2, 2016

Luxarazzi 101: Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Vol. 8

Aaaaand we are back! Again. Time for Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Volume 8. Yes, eight - because the lovely Lux ladies are simply unstoppable when it comes to sharing the love. It actually makes you wonder if they have get-togethers every once in a while with a bottle of bubbly or two when they just talk about who will get what clothes for the next (not so) major event. But I disgress...
Turns out our newbie from last time around, Princess Marie-Gabrielle, is actually a pro at the clothes sharing thing. The coat the daughter of Prince Jean wore for the 90th birthday celebrations of Grand Duke Jean in 2011 was repeated by her cousin Princess Alexandra for the 95th birthday celebrations five years later. (Thank you to our fab readers Avery for the spot!) Considering that the coat looks pretty vintage, it wouldn't be a surprise if we one day find another lady of the Grand Ducal Family who has worn the coat before.
And just to prove the point, Princess Marie-Gabrielle was at it again: When I looked through the other pictures of Grand Duke Jean's 90th birthday celebration, I noticed that during the lunch the next day, Prince Jean's only daughter wore a fur wrap that seemed pretty familiar. Do you remember the one we covered in Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Vol. 7 worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa during a 2007 state visit and by Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie in 2013? Well, turns out Princess Marie-Gabrielle also sported in back in 2011.
Completing our clothes sharing trio is actually a hat. Turns out that Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie didn't only have a clothes sharing moment with her coat today at the closing procession of this year's Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg. Her hat has also been worn by another lady of the Grand Ducal Family. Princess Tessy sported the same (probably) Philip Treacy hat in 2012 also for the last day of the Octave celebrations.

P.S. For previous editions of this series, have a look here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Photos: Dana Press/Cour grand-ducale/EPA/Picture Press/SIP/Luc Deflorenne/RTL/RTL.lu

Sunday, May 1, 2016

An Interview with Maria Teresa and Maggy Barankitse

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and activist Maggy Barankitse have given an exclusive interview about their friendship and the humanitarian work that inspired it.

The women sat down together with Tageblatt to discuss how they met and how they continue to work together on human rights and women's rights issues, particularly as the result of war and humanitarian crises. Additionally, the Grand Duchess hinted at an important announcement.

More from Tageblatt. The interview was in the Saturday (4/30) edition of the newspaper.

Closing of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
This year's Octave celebration is a very special one as 2016 marks the 350th anniversary of the Consolatrix afflictorum (Comforter of the Afflicted, one of the titles of Our Lady from the Litany of Loreto) becoming the patroness of the city of Luxembourg. Unfortunately, this year saw a rather low turnout of members of the Grand Ducal Family who joined in the annual closing procession taking place on the fifth Sunday after Easter. (Note 1: There also was a mass this morning attended by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. Note 2: For more on the history of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg, have a look at this Luxarazzi 101.)

However, of course we could count on our regular Luxembourg players to make the closing procession a priority: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were accompanied by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie for the event. The Grand Duchess wore the same outfit as this morning (and thus giving us an explanation for the dresscode upgrade) and the Hereditary Grand Duchess went for a coat previously worn by herself, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Alexandra. (Quick note to the grand ducal ladies: It would be much appreciated if we could see another piece of clothing repeated in the near future, we already have two new examples of your royal recycling love - and we need a third one to publish our post. Much obliged.)

Photo: RTL / RTL.lu
On to the important things: The procession led the family and the other pilgrims from the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg via the rue Notre-Dame, the rue Philippe II, the avenue de la Porte-Neuve, the rue Beaumont, the rue des Capucins, the Grand-rue, the rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, the rue de l'Eau back to the Cathédrale. As this year was a special Octave celebrations which marks the aforementioned 350th anniversary, the Pope was represented by a papal legate, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, Archbishop of Cologne. He and Luxembourgish Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich were joined by Apostolic Nuncio in Luxembourg, Giacinto Berloco, as well as the (Arch-)Bishops of Strasbourg, Cashel & Emly, Banja Luka, Aachen and Bucharest.

After the end of the procession and the final blessing at the Cathédrale, the members of the Grand Ducal Family made their way back to the palais by foot for their formerly only Balcony appearance of the year. (They did one at national day last year, too) The award for most avid waver (as in person who waves the most) this year - as in basically all years - goes to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. Maybe he can use that ability to signal some photographers to take pictures of him and his wife during their upcoming travels to China. That'd be much appreciated!

But before we had to the next trade mission, here are a few handy picture links with visuals of the day: Wort and RTL. (We'll update with more as the week progresses!)

Octave Celebrations, Part 1

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Get your calendars out - yes, it's indeed the fifth Sunday after Easter and so it's time for one of the Grand Duchy's major events of the year: the closing of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg, Comforter of the Afflicted. (A.k.a. the reason why we saw nobody from Luxembourg in Sweden yesterday, but we still got a Luxarazzi tiara appearance courtesy of Liechtenstein, so check that out in case you haven't yet.) This afternoon will see a grand procession to mark the religious celebrations that is the closing of the Octave with likely heaps of children of the grand ducal couple in attendance.

This morning, however, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa flew solo for a ponitificial mass at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Pictures of the mass and the Grand Duchess upgrading the usual dress code to include a hat at Wort.

Alois and Sophie in Sweden

Photo: IBL
It turns out that Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were in Sweden for the celebrations to honor King Carl Gustaf's 70th birthday. Expressen listed them among the guests, and at least one photo seems to exist of them at the Te Deum, although the source of that photo remains elusive. We're on the hunt and will post as soon as we can find a source. Thanks to our enterprising readers for finding the photos, available here and here.

Fortunately, Twitter tends to come through when other sources fail, so if you look closely you can spot (a very tall) Alois and Sophie on the right side of the photo, behind King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. This image was taken at the banquet for the birthday celebrations.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Guillaume and Sibilla Support Alsatian Religious Communities

Photo: L'Alsace / Lalsace.fr
On Friday, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla were at City Hall in Sélestat to present assistance to representatives from three different religious communities within Alsace: Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish. The presentation occurs in connection to the philanthropic work started by Princess Sibilla's grandfather, Paul-Louis Weiller, who was made an honorary citizen of Sélestat.

A little more at L'Alsace.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Henri and Family Receive Chambre des Députés

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
On Thursday evening, members of the Grand Ducal family were at Château de Berg to receive members of the Chambre des Députés. Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie received the guests and then joined them for a dinner.

More photos at Wort.

Antique Grand Ducal Convertible Sold at Auction

An automobile auction in Toulouse saw a Grand Ducal vehicle among the listed items: the Cadillac Series 62 convertible that King Leopold III of Belgium gifted to his daughter Josephine Charlotte upon her marriage to Jean (then Hereditary Grand Duke, and later Grand Duke), in 1953. The antique car saw a price of 58,000 euros to a Belgian collector.

A little more information at ladepeche.fr.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Little Interview with Princess Maria-Anunciata

Photo: Tory Burch / Tory Daily
Princess Maria-Anunciata might be one of the most regularly featured grandchildren of Grand Duke Jean and member of the extended Liechtenstein family to be featured here on Luxarazzi, but we still don't know much about her and how she sees herself apart from pictures taken here and there with often little information to accompany them. That's going to change a little: For Tory Daily, the blog of Tory Burch, the daughter of Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha gave a little interview about the "Austroalpine influenes" of her style, her first fashion memory and watching "her [her mother's] every preparation as she got ready for a soirée in a long evening-gown", and her work in the art world. 

Also don't miss her travel tips for the grand ducal summer residence: "Cabasson, a tiny hamlet in Var, France, situated in a natural reserve facing Les Îles d’Or, about 40 minutes away from Saint Tropez. My mother’s family has a property there, which is literally on the beach, and we spend all our summers there with a bunch of cousins and friends."

Guillaume Hands Out Mérite Jeunesse Awards

The Guillaume in question appears to be up for discussion, however. Chronicle claims the Hereditary Grand Duke was there, but as Prince Guillaume is President of the Board the odds lean a little more in favor of his being present instead.

The event took place at Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg-Merl, with 23 Explorer Scouts from the Telstar Group receiving Mérite Jeunesse awards. Nearly 200 young people total were there to receive their awards for the Gold, Silver, or Bronze levels.

A little more information from Chronicle.