Friday, September 23, 2011

What They've Been Up To

The Grand Ducal Family et moi should start to coordinate our holidays; I went away at the time they came back... Therefore, it is now time to do a little recap of what they have been up to during the last two weeks or so.

The after-vacation events of our favourite Hereditary Grand Duke kicked off with attending a concert of the Europeen Union Youth Wind Orchestra at the Teatro Ribeiro da Conceição in Lamego, Portugal. My dear Guillaume, if you look like that afterwards, you should go on holiday every second week ;) More eye candy is available on the official website.

A few days later, on September 14th, the Grand Duke himself joined in when he received Josette Sheeran for an audience at the Palais Grand-Ducale. The 11th Executive Director of the United Nations Worlds Food Programme visited the Grand Duchy on a working visit.

Life and work went on with an anniversary celebration for Luxembourg's steel industry and the first appearance of la Grand Duchesse. On September 15th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, both looking tanned, relaxed and happy, attended an event celebrating 100 years of steel industry in the Grand Duchy.
More information and pictures can be found at Wort, Tageblatt, Cour Grand-Ducale, Revue, L'essentiel, Journal, and probably all over the internet.

According to Wort, later the same day, Grand Duke Henri met the new British ambassador to Luxembourg, Mrs. Alice Walpole.

A day later, the Grand Duchess had her first solo engagement after this year's holidays when she received Muhammad Yunus at the Palais. In case you are a regular follower of the Grand Ducal Family, you already know that the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is a frequent guest in Luxembourg, as both he and the Grand Duchess are active in the field of Microfinance and Social Business.

And finally, on last Sunday (September 18th), Grand Duke Henri visited the Oeko-Foire 2011, a fair specialising in the topic of sustainable development.

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