Friday, April 25, 2014

Papal Canonisations *

About 800,000 pilgrims are expected to make their way to Rome this weekend to attend the double canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday (this Sunday, that is). Among the hundred of thousands of people will also be a few royals. As Luxembourgish Le Quotidien reports, the guest list will include the King and Queen of Spain, King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium as well as Princes of Liechtenstein. 

However, there is no specification on who is meant exactly by "Princes of Liechtenstein" but I guess that Prince Nikolaus, the Principality's ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife Princess Margaretha are a rather save bet. In addition, there will probably either Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie, who attended the beatification of Pope John Paul II three years ago, or Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie, who were among the guests of the inauguration of Pope Francis last year. Let's keep our fingers crossed that maybe Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha will bring along some of their children like they did for Pope John Paul II's beatification. No word yet by the cour grand-ducale about any possible Luxembourgish attendants at the canonisation but it wouldn't be the most surprising move of the year if we'd find some Grand Ducal guests at the Vatican on Sunday

Note to self: First check the latest updates to the website of the cour grand-ducale before making a post... Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Prince Louis and Prince Sébastien will be among the guests of the canonisation as well. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume will stay home as he has another engagement planned for Sunday morning.

Source: Le Quotidien, Cour grand-ducale

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