Sunday, February 26, 2017

7th LGT Media Award Handed Out by Prince Philipp

Photo: LGT
Earlier this week in Vienna, Prince Philipp was on hand to hand out the 7th LGT Media Award. The annual award aims to support quality journalism in economic reporting. The first prize went to Elisabeth Woditschka of Forbes Austria with Stefanie Kompatscher of Die Presse (Switzerland) and Gerald Gartner and Markus Hametner of Der Standard (Austria) coming in second and third.

Princess Tessy's Future Name Plus We Stand Corrected

Following up on our recent post about the future title of Princess Tessy (or lack thereof), we also asked the cour grand-ducale about her future name: Whether it will be Tessy de Nassau or her maiden name, Antony. However, the cour stated that they were unable to comment at this point in time what her name post-divorce will be.

Also by the wording of these two sentences, you may have noticed that we must correct some earlier statements of our's. As we learned from a dear lawyer friend (and member of the extended Team Luxarazzi), the decree nisi isn't actually a state of divorce, as we wrongfully assumed previously. We did think that the decree implied an automatic divorce after six weeks and one day. However, it actually isn't. In other words, in six weeks and one day from the day the decree nisi was granted, Tessy will have to proactively file for an absolute divorce. The decree nisi is merely an acknowledgement by the court that it can't find no reason to the contrary that a divorce should be disallowed. We stand corrected and apologise for the wrongful statement. We will now go, hide in the corner and brush up on our legal knowledge write some Luxarazzi 101 on topics we are better versed at to make up for it.

Luxarazzi 101: Liechtenstein's National Dress

Princess Elsa in a variation of
Liechtenstein's Tracht
If you would ask around, a common answer to the question what the national dress of Germany and Austria - and by extent Switzerland, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol - looks like, would probably be "Dirndl" or a description of it. However, the Dirndl is a relatively new invention dating back to the 19th century and back then still didn't look too much like the ones you know from Oktoberfest today. The Dirndl became popular with the masses after World War I as they were much cheaper than the elaborate Trachten, the traditional regional dress. There are hundreds and thousands of different regional dresses in the German-speaking countries, including a Liechtenstein national dress.

During 1980's, excavations underneath the parish church of Mauren brought to light a gravesite of women dating from around the year 1700. The women were laid to rest wearing Trachten showing just how hold the national dress is. While remains of the national dress were also found in Vaduz, Gamprin and Eschen, the found in Mauren was something special as it included well preserved garments and a bonnet. This allowed to draw conclusions on the material, colour, shape and look of the national dress for women around 300 hundred years ago.

Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie celebrating
the 50th anniversary of the Liechtensteinische Trachtenvereinigung
(Photo: Liechtensteinische Trachtenvereinigung)
While some concessions have been made, even all of Liechtenstein's Trachten still take the historical examples as pretty strict examples. The skirt is black and the blouse white with crocheted and bobbin laced necklines and sleeves. The bodices and aprons made of silk where traditionally red or brownish-red though are now also available in blue and green. All bodices are adorned with silver embroidery including a prominently placed princely crown in the middle of the bodice. The Tracht includes a black wheel-shaped bonnet for women featuring silver embroidery on its back. White lace gloves, white stockings and black shoes with a silver buckle complete the Liechtenstein national dress. (The festive holiday clothing that is. The look of the daily version can differ.)

Princess Tatjana wearing a Tracht when she was young
While Trachten for young and teenage girls look slightly different, they are manufactured in the same colouring scheme. The different versions date back to at least the 1930's and include, in addition to the wheel-shaped bonnet, floral headbands (called Schappile) and, in others municipalities, crown-shaped headpieces (called Krönle).

In difference to its female counterparts, there are no historical information available giving a glimpse how the Trachten for men and boys used to look like. Today's national dress for men is thus based on Trachten created in 1962 for the national dress association of Schellenberg. Three years later, the Liechtensteinische Trachtenvereinigung (Association of the National Dress of Liechtenstein) was founded. Here at Luxarazzi you can usually spot them around the time of the Principality's national day. Unfortunately though, there is rather little visual evidence of the Princely Family wearing Liechtenstein's national dress over the years.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Princess Nora Discusses Natural Cosmetics Line

Princess Nora has spoken about her thirty-year mission to develop a line of natural cosmetics and skincare derived from her estate Vivencia Dehesa near Cáceres, Spain. She discusses the challenges of regenerating the land and growing the ingredients to be used in the products. The 250-hectare property underwent extensive efforts to revive the soil and cultivate the various plants, and the estate has received several awards, and in 2016 was named a finalist for the European Business Awards for the Environment. 

More from Hola.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Princely Family Welcomes Tina Weirather Home

Photo: Stefan Trefzer / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie as well as Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were among the Liechtensteiners last night in Schaan who welcomed home Super G world silver medallist Tina Weirather home. Weirather took second place in the Super G event of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, attended by Prince Max, about a week ago. During the event last night Weirather also revealed that every time she makes the world cup podium, she receives a hand-written congratulatory letter from the Princely Family. 

Tina Weirather's was Liechtenstein's 21st medal at the Alpine World Ski Championships. Several others were also contributed by her family: Her mother, Hanni Wenzel is a two-time Olympic and two-time World Champion; her uncle, Andreas Wenzel, is a World Champion and Olympic medallist. Fun fact: With its nine medals in Olympic history, Liechtenstein has, in fact, won more medals per capita than any other nation. Not surprisingly for the only nation to lie entirely within the Alps, all of the medals were won in alpine skiing.

More pictures of last night at Vaterland and Volksblatt, 1 FL TV has a video including an interview Prince Hans-Adam.

It's Official: No Title for Tessy

From the moment that it was announced that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy would divorce we began discussing how this would impact Tessy's titles. Normally, we wouldn't even need to discuss the matter, as the Nassau Family Pact and the Bylaws Concerning the House Law make it clear that any titles of and memberships to the Grand Ducal House and/or Grand Ducal Family are lost upon legal separation or divorce. 

However, we all know that Tessy's path to becoming a Royal Highness and a Princess wasn't exactly traditional and didn't happen upon her marriage as was the case for her former sisters-in-law. Because she received her title long after her marriage and in a press release - and we assume decree -, there was always the possibility that her title would be viewed as her own property without regard to her marital status. But as long as we do not know the official wording of the decree, it's hard to argue about any of this. As a result of this confusion, which we elaborated on in our earlier post about her title, we contacted the cour

Earlier today, we received the reply from the cour stating that Tessy does in fact fall under the ordinary rules "following the grand-ducal decree from June 18, 2012, [...] a spouse (by marriage) loses, in case of divorce, her titles and predicates [style]". As a result, HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, and Princess of Bourbon-Parma became either Ms Tessy Antony or Ms Tessy de Nassau once again when the decree nisi was granted. She also lost any memberships she may have had in The House and/or The Family. (Although, we have debated extensively if she actually gained either because the house regulations specifically state that a title conferred in the individual case cannot infer other status or rights. But that would be another matter for another post on another day.)

It is important to note based on some of the comments we have received that these changes to her title and status happened when the decree nisi was granted late last week as the Family Bylaws state, "In case of a legal separation, a divorce or remarriage after death, the wives lose the style and title conferred upon them." It would be hard to argue that a decree nisi, in fact, isn't a legal separation. Whether Tessy is now known by her maiden name, Tessy Antony, or the name she used during the first few years of her marriage, Tessy de Nassau, isn't entirely clear yet and we will make sure to get back to you about it once receive a reply by the cour. Bets are on the former as women in Luxembourg usually don't legally take their husband's last name but instead use it out of courtesy, but we will see... Of course, there is also the small chance of Grand Duke Henri creating a title for Tessy but there is no precedence for it in Luxembourg and considering that the Bylaws are only five years old, one hopes the rules aren't changed yet again.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Princess Nora Helps Welcome IOC President to Liechtenstein

On the 17th, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach was in Liechtenstein to visit that country's National Olympic Committee (NOC). IOC Member Princess Nora was there to welcome him for his visit. President Bach presented the NOC President with a trophy, met with several Olympic athletes from Liechtenstein, and toured the State Museum's current Olympics exhibit.

A little more from the Olympic Games website.

Members of the Grand Ducal Family at Belgian Mass

Photo: BestImage
Archduchess Marie-Astrid and husband Carl-Christian, Princess Margaretha as well as Prince Guillaume and wife Sibilla all attended a mass to commemorate the deceased members of the Belgian Royal Family at the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk or Église Notre-Dame - depending on which of Belgium's major languages you prefer - today. The mass is held annually every February. The members of the Grand Ducal Family joined their Belgian cousin, King Philippe, and Queen Mathilde as well as Princess Esmeralda and Princess Lea for the mass.

More pictures as PPE and Pure People.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Fashion Friday: February 1 - February 16, 2017

First, I want to thank the team of Luxarazzi for asking me to join them and welcoming me so nicely, I'm very pleased to join this team! Fashion Friday will come twice a month with a recap about the Grand Ducal (and Princely) fashion. So let's start with our first Fashion Friday from February 1 to February 16!

On February 2, Guillaume and Stéphanie visited Okkasiounbuttik. Stéphanie wore a new olive green belted jacket with her Diane Von Furstenberg clutch, she has worn that clutch several times before.
Photo : ©Claude Piscitelli/ Luxemburger Wort/


On February 7th , Guillaume and Stéphanie received two members of the CONNECT project at the palace. Stéphanie wore a blue jacket that I cannot identify despite all my efforts. Read more here.
© 2017 Cour Grand-Ducale/tous droits réservés
Maria-Teresa also held audiences at the Palace on the 7th. She wore a matching dress and coat. Unfortunately, I don't know the brand but I really like this outfit!
Photo: © 2017 Cour Grand-Ducale/tous droits réservés
During a visit to MUDAM (Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean) on the 9th, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore the Diane Von Furstenberg 'Fiona' printed dress with black pumps. DVF is one of her favorite brands so it's no surprise seeing her in one of their designs again.
Photo: Christian Aschman / MUDAM


On the 12th, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa wore a black dress during an audience at the palace. Unfortunately, I'd need better photos of the dress to see if there are any details that would make an identification easier but you can read more about the audience here.
© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Tous droits réservés
On the 13th, in Dubai , Stéphanie wore a Issey Miyake orange cardigan/jacket with a white top. She wore orange shoes, which I think are Natan but I can't confirm that yet.
Photo: Pierre Gramegna/Twitter


Also in Dubai for the World Goverment Summit, Stéphanie wore a black pantsuit with a striped collared shirt that I have no information about yet. I do know where her bag is from though! It's a new bag by Paule Ka, another one of her favourite designers.
© Luxembourg for Finance

On the 15th, in Oman, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore an Emporio Armani jacket with a skirt first worn in Morocco in April 2015. I have no other information to bring you for this outfit but you can read a more details about the visit here.
Photo: Pierre Gramegna/Twitter

And that leaves us with the question: What do you think of Stéphanie's and Maria-Teresa's outfits? If I manage to ID anything else, the post will be updated. Otherwise, the next Fashion Friday will be in two weeks with, hopefully, a lot of IDs for you! I hope you'll enjoy this new feature!

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy Officially Divorced

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy are officially divorced. The former couple, who announced their separation just a short while ago, was granted a deree nisi at the Central Family Court in London today. The divorce was obtained by Princess Tessy on the grounds of "unreasonable behaviour". The divorce will become official in six weeks and one day.

Among the court papers made public was a statement of Princess Tessy signed in January which stated that Prince Louis's behaviour, as set out in her petition, was continuing. 

The paperwork also said that a judge found that Princess Tessy was 'entitled to a decree of divorce, the marriage having irretrievably broken down, the facts found proved being the respondent's unreasonable behaviour'.

Details on the "unreasonable behaviour" were not given though it's worth noting that this is a fairly standard term that encompasses truly egregious behaviour to what might otherwise be considered minor irritations that lead to ongoing marital difficulties. This is one of five legally acceptable reasons for divorce in the UK, and one of three that provides for a shorter separation period.

Neither party were present in court. It's unknown how Princess Tessy will be styled in the future.