Sunday, December 17, 2017

Prince Stefan Succeeds Prince Nikolaus As Ambassador to the Holy See

Photo: L'Osservatore Romano
Prince Stefan is Liechtenstein's new non-resident ambassador to the Holy See. On Thursday, he was received by Pope Francis to present his letter of credence. Prince Stefan was accompanied by his wife Princess Florentine, three of their children as well as his mother Princess Josephine for the occasion. He also presented the Pope with a letter written by Liechtenstein's altar boys and girls.

Prince Stefan previously served as the Principality's ambassador to Germany (2007-2017) and Switzerland (2001-2007). As non-resident ambassador to the Holy See, he follows in the footsteps of Prince Nikolaus, who resigned from his position in July of this year after having served for 31 years. At the time of his resignation, Prince Nikolaus was the longest serving ambassador to the Holy See of all nations and vice dean of the Diplomatic Corps.

More pictures of the audience with the Pope can be found at L'Osservatore Romano.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Funeral of King Michael of Romania

At the moment, King Michael I of Romania is on his final journey to Curtea de Argeș where he will be laid to rest later this evening. Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland on December 5. Earlier today, a church service also took place at the Patriarchal Cathedral and on the Royal Palace Square in Bucharest. Among the mourners in Bucharest were both Grand Duke Henri and Princess Isabelle, sister-in-law of Prince Hans-Adam II representing the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. Princess Isabelle is seated in the second row hidden behind Princess Astrid of Belgium in the picture above.

Alongside the King and Queen of Sweden as well as King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, the Grand Duke also attended a meeting with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and his wife. Princess Isabelle will also be present for the laying to rest in Curtea de Argeș.

You can see a video of the Bucharest portion of the funeral on Youtube. There is also a livestream from Curtea de Argeș available.

Stéphanie Visits "Peinture" Exhibition

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie is becoming quite the patron of the arts in Luxembourg. Early today she visited the exhibition "Peinture" at the Galerie "Mein Engel".  The exhibition is part of the series INTRO_* launched by the Luxembourgish Ministry of Culture to showcase different kinds of works by local artists. This month, the exhibition focuses on paintings and features works by Julien Hübsch, Christian Neuman, João Freitas, Aude Legrand and Anina Rubin. In the basement, Chantal Maquet, winner of the Francis-André Scholarship, shows her new series "Nuets (Virun der Dier)". The Hereditary Grand Duchess was accompanied by Guy Arendt, Secretary of State of Culture.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
'Tis the season and the cour grand-ducale decided to ring in the last ten days until Christmas with some wonderful new pictures of Château de Berg, the official private residence of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. In addition to some seasonal interior shots of the Christmas decorations, there are also some wintery pictures of the castle's exterior. Head over the the cour's website to enjoy them all.

Fashion Friday : December 3rd - December 15th

We're back for a new Fashion Friday post after our state visit special two weeks ago.

First of all, I want to share with you two finds I made for Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie! 

On June 27, for one of the garden parties on the occasion of this years's National Day, Stéphanie wore a Pronovias dress.
Photo: Roland Miny / Pressphoto

Photo: Pronovias
She also wore a Pronovias gown last year for the 8th Luxembourg-American Business Awards in New York City.
Photo : Pronovias
Now, I don't have a lot of IDs to give you as the Lux ladies didn't have a lot of events but I do have some.

On December 12, the Grand Ducal Family hosted a reception for soldiers and members of the police force. Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new Yves Dooms outfit. Yves Dooms clearly has become her favorite designer in the past few months ! 
Photo: Roland Miny / Pressphoto
Photo: Yves Dooms
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a new Tara Jamon blue dress with zip details on the sleeve.
Photo: Roland Miny / Pressphoto

Photo : placedestendances
New official photos of the Grand Ducal Couple were released and I got confirmation from Yves Dooms that Maria Teresa was wearing one of his designs.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco
What did you think of these outfits ?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Sakharov Prize Winners

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 14th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience the two winners of the 2017 Sakharov Prize, Antonio Ledezma and Patricia Gutiérrez, who are being recognized for their fight against political repression and human rights violations in Venezuela. The latter is the wife of jailed opposition leader Daniel Ceballos and received the prize, in part, on his behalf, as well as for her own efforts to bring awareness to the situation in Venezuela. The former is a lawyer and politician who fled Venezuela in early November to avoid imprisonment and continue supporting the opposition party from abroad.

New Official Photos of Grand Ducal Couple

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés
The Cour has released new official photos of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés
Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés
Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Receives Young Scientists

Photo: © Cédric Allié / Cour grand-ducale
On December 13th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume received in audience some members, including young scientists, of the Jonk Fuerscher Lëtzebuerg Foundation. The Foundation President Carlo Hansen was also present for the audience. The young scientists of the Foundation are participating in a number of projects for 2017, including materials science, electromagnetic experiments, and 3D opportunities.

Grand Ducal Family Hosts Soldiers and Police Force

Photo: Roland Miny / Pressphoto
Yesterday, members of the Grand Ducal family hosted the annual reception at the Château de Berg for the members of Luxembourg's army and police force who took part in humanitarian and peacekeeping missions abroad this year. The reception welcomes not only the members of the army and police force but also their spouses, significant others, parents, and children. The event occurs shortly before Christmas every year, as the Grand Ducal Family opens the grand dining room and the ceremonial hall to their guests. 
Photo: Roland Miny / Pressphoto
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie as well as Prince Sébastien were on hand to greet the guests. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, of Internal Security and of Defence Etienne Schneider as well as Francine Closener, Secretary of State of the Economy, of Internal Security and of Defence were also present for the reception. 

More photos from Pressphoto.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stéphanie Visits "Para Sempre" Exhibition

Photo: Marion Dessard
Last night, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the new "Para Sempre" exhibition at the Centre Culturel Portugais Camões. The exhibition featuring works by Portuguese artist Miguel Branco will run until January 22, 2018. Miguel Branco's works have also been regularly featured in exhibitions by the Mudam. The "Para Sempre" exhibition was organised by Les amis des musées d'art et d'histoire Luxembourg that the Hereditary Grand Duchess is the patron of.

More visuals at the cour.