It is going to be a busy weekend for the Grand Ducal Family.
On Friday, The Hereditary Grand Duke will attend the 40th birthday celebrations for Princess Maxima of The Netherlands. More than 1,200 people will attend the birthday concert.
It is also a busy weekend in Luxembourg. The close of The Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg is this Sunday. The close of the Octave includes a Pontifical Mass and the miles long closing procession led by a statute of the Holy Virgin. This is always a major event on the Luxembourg calender. We are sure to see several members of The Grand Ducal Family in attendance. Naturally, I will be online during the Octave to provide links for photographs and RTL's live stream.
The 2 day state visit to Norway begins on Monday.
In June we will enjoy the biggest day on the annual Luxembourg calendar, National Day. The National Day celebrations will be closely followed by the major spectacle of the Princely Wedding in Monaco.