Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rare Sighting in Vianden

Yesterday, Princess Marie-Astrid and her eldest son Archduke Imre (sans fiancée Katie) visited the beautiful Château de Vianden above the Our river in the north of Luxembourg near the German-Luxembourgish border. The château is one of the largest fortified castles west of the Rhine, which is notoriously famous for its castles on both sides of the river.
Having romanesque, gothic and renaissance parts and being about 900 years old, the castle has quite a rich history: Most recently, it played a major role during the Battle of Vianden in 1944 when 30 members of the Luxembourgish resistance managed to defend the city against 250 men strong force of the Waffen-SS. Heavily destroyed during the Second World War, the château belonged to the grand ducal family until 1977 when Grand Duke Jean sold it to the state. Since then it has been restored and is now open to visitors.

Four pictures of Princess Marie-Astrid and Archduke Imre can be found over at And don't let the article confuse you as it says that the gentleman accompanying the Princess was Archduke Alexander, I can gladly ensure you that I can tell my Luxembourgish princes apart ;)

Source: MyWort, Moi

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