Saturday, August 27, 2011

Princess Sibilla Showing Off Her Bling Bling **

My wishes have been fulfilled, not only was Princess Sibilla present for the evening event of the wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie of Prussia but also did she wear her very own Diamond Art Deco Tiara. As earlier today, she was again accompanied by the Hereditary Prince and Princess of Baden, Bernhard and Stephanie.

A little excursus: The Art Deco Tiara was given to Sibilla by her parents when she got married, alas, she didn't wear it on her wedding day as she chose not to wear a tiara. Interestingly, the tiara can be worn in two different settings; Princess Sibilla decided to wear the larger setting for the wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway almost exactly ten years ago and the smaller one for the wedding of Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson of Pfeil and Klein-Ellguth, one wonders how those two fit their names into those tiny form checkboxes... But back to Sibilla: she is also wearing a Diamond and Ruby Necklace today that must be a favourite of hers as she often wears it for formal events she attends. It was given to her by her parents-in-law, Grand Duke Jean and the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, on her wedding day.

Apparently, Princess Sibilla was not the only one of the extended Grand Ducal Family to attend the wedding festivities - Princess Maria-Anunciata and Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein were in Potsdam as well. A picture of the two Princesses can be found in the photo gallery of Marianne van Dam; another picture of the lovely sisters is available on Netty's Royalty Page.

Sources: me, Newscom

Prince Marries Princess With A Lux Princess In Attendance

Today, Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, the great-great-grandson of the last German emperor, got married to Princess Sophie of Isenburg. The wedding took place in the Church of Peace that is situated in Sanssoucci Park in Potsdam, Germany. Among the many attendees of German and foreign royal- and nobility was Luxembourg's very own Princess Sibilla.

The bride wore a rather unusual dress of the label Wunderkind designed by Wolfgang Joop that, in my humble opinion, looked wonderful. It is not the style of dress that I usually prefer but, nevertheless, I really liked it because it suited Sophie very well, and don't get me started on that magnificant Isenburg tiara ;)

Princess Sibilla walked into the church with Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden and his wife Princess Stephanie. In the church, she was seated next to Prince Laurent of Belgium, her husband's cousin.

Pictures of the wedding are available at most of the big photo agencies, for example Newscom, Daylife, PPE Agency and Isopix. They are constantly updated and I hope that a few more pictures of Sibilla, who, by the way, looked especially lovely today, will surface.

I am also eagerly awaiting the dinner that will take place tonight. It is a tiara event and all of us should keep our fingers crossed that Sibilla will also be in attendance to show off her beautiful Art Déco Tiara that we only get to see very rarely.

Pictures are taken from: Newscom (left), Daylife (middle), PPE Agency (right)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Summertime Is Partytime

At least for the extended Grand Ducal Family.

As Point de Vue is reporting in last weeks issue, Prince Guillaume and his wife Princess Sibilla, Princess Margaretha and her husband Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, as well as Prince Jean and his wife Madame Diane de Guerre attended a party hosted by the Baron and Baroness Gillion Crowet. The Arabian Nights themed party took place in Taroudant, a city in the southern part of Morocco.

During the same week Prince Jean and his children Princess Marie-Gabrielle and Prince Constantin attended the 50th birthday party of Prince Charles-Emmanuel of Bourbon-Parma organised by his wife. Also in attendance for the big birthday bash at the Polo de Bagatelle in Paris were Princess Margaretha's children Princess Maria-Anunciata and Prince Josef.

Source: Point de Vue no. 3289

And last but certainly not least a special thanks to our fellow luxaholic Iza for providing the news!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Biographical Updates

The Cour Grand Ducale has updated parts of the official biographical information provided about members of the Grand Ducal Family. The updates include a general reorganizing of the layout of information provided in the sections dedicated to certain individuals.

It is wonderful to note that Princess Tessy now occupies several more lines in Louis' section! Her own section would still be the better, but, I can't complain, too, much about this development! While it isn't news to any of my fellow Luxaholics, it is super stellar to finally see an official mention that Princess Tessy is undertaking a university education!! The updates also include confirmation of the family's move to England and two mentions of hobbies that the Princess enjoys. Finally some much needed kudos for Princess Tessy!!! You will also find several lovely newish pictures of Prince Louis' family in the photos section attached to his bio. The section includes several other little tidbits of new info about Louis.

We are now informed that the Princess Alexandra has given her patronage to Lëtzebuerger Déiereschutzliga. According to the organization's website Princess Alexandra has been their patroness since 2008.

The Hereditary Grand Duke's section has also been updated to make a note of his interest and dedication to Social Business. It also echos our thoughts in stating that he began working full time in his role as Hereditary Grand Duke in 2009, following his university graduation.

I did  note some unusual 
inconsistencies related to names and titles. Alexandra and Felix have their full names  punctuated with many commas. Princess Alexandra is listed as a Princess of Luxembourg, Nassau and Bourbon-Parme. Louis and Felix are "de Luxembourg" while poor Prince Sebastien is just a prince of nothing.   It would end a lot of discussion on various forums if the usage of titles was consistent and thorough. All of the children of Henri are Prince(sse) de Luxembourg, Prince(sse) de Nassau and Prince(sse) de Bourbon de Parme. If you acknowledge the full title of Alexandra why not do it for her brothers? It is inconsistent and confusing. I also think that adding a section that deals specifically with the special titles held by Guillaume and the stages of his acquirement of each would be interesting. 

I still think Princess Tessy deserves her own section and that Henri's siblings should be mentioned as more than just children listed in Grand Duke Jean's section. The family is very large (one of the largest in Europe) and I will always consider it a loss that so few members are mentioned.

Check out these new updates. The website continues to improve.

Source: Cour Grand Ducale