Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to the Nassau Roots

It seems that we aren't the only ones who are going to discover the Nassau roots of the Grand Ducal Family this summer(*)... While it has been known that the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess are to visit Weilburg on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Weilburger Bürgergarde for months, the cour took me (and likely also you) by surprise today by releasing an itinerary for a three day visit to the German state of Hesse.

The first day will lead Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie to Limburg an der Lahn. In the picturesque town located in the old Duchy of Nassau, the couple will be welcomed by mayor Martin Richard and bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst at the Saint George’s Cathedral located high above the city. At the cathedral they will view the Domschatz (roughly translated as cathedral treasure) as well as the Diocese museum and hear a concert by a local choir. The day will be rounded of with a stroll through the historic centre of the town.

The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple will spent the morning of their second day in Wiesbaden, old capital of the Duchy of Nassau. To start the day, they will be welcomed by the Minister-President of Hesse, Volker Bouffier, and sign the golden book of the town. Afterwards, they will pay visits to the Nassauisches Landesdenkmal, a statue of Grand Duke Adolph dedicated to the Nassau family, Schloss Biebrich, former residence of the family, and the Russian-Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Elizabeth, built by Grand Duke Adolph for his first wife who died shortly after the birth of their only child.

In the afternoon, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and their entourage will make their way to Weilburg where they will be welcomed by the local major, Hans-Peter Schick, and participate in the afternoon festivities of the anniversary of the Weilburger Bürgergarde as well as meet local residents.

Day three will lead the couple to Nassau, a small town of 5,000 people and name giver of almost all the Nassaus in this world (except for one, located in Saxony). After the obligatory meeting with the mayor, Armin Wenzel in this case, and the signing of the golden book, they will visit the local castle which gave its name to the House of Nassau.

* I know, I know, we haven't done so yet but brace yourself as we will throwing Nassau information at you left and right in the days to come in case news hell doesn't break loose.

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