Monday, June 23, 2014

Military Parade & Te Deum

The Grand Ducal Family is still going strong and so are we: After the newly introduced official ceremony at the Grand Théâtre this morning, Luxembourg's National Day returned to business as usual with the military parade and an inter-religious Te Deum at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg

While it was the Grand Duke now in uniform and a behatted Grand Duchess as well as the Hereditary Grand Duke also wearing his uniform and befascinatored Hereditary Grand Duchess who represented the Family at the military parade that traditionally also includes representatives of the police as well as aid, emergency and security services, the foursome was joined by Prince Félix, Prince Louis and Prince Sébastien for the church service. 
Photo: Anouk Antony / Luxemburger Wort /
Like last year, the Te Deum was an inter-religious one and concelebrated by the archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich; the chief rabbi of Luxembourg, Alain Nacache; the imam of the Muslim community, Halil Ahmetspahic;  and Anglican chaplain Christopher Lyon. During the service, all four of them recited prayers asking for the blessing of the Grand Duke, the Grand Ducal Family as well as the Grand Duchy. Like every year, the climax of the thanksgiving service was the "Domine salvum fac magnum ducem nostrum" - "Oh Lord, save our great leader" or something along those lines if my Latin serves me right - played in a different arrangement every year.

For the occasion, the Grand Duchess repeated an Armani outfit previously worn at Prince Félix's wedding and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie also wore a wedding-experienced outfit, a red coat previously worn at the wedding of Princess Marguerite de Mérode last year.

Pictures of the military parade can be found at Getty Images, Tom Wagner, PPE, Wort in German, Wort in French, Wort in English. Wort also has a video of the parade.

Visuals of the Te Deum are located at Wort in German.

Source: Cour grand-ducale

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