Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grand Duke Not to Travel to Saudi Arabia

This morning, the cour grand-ducale sent out an announcement that Grand Duke Henri would travel to Saudi Arabia tomorrow where he was to pay his last respects to the deceased King Abdullah bin Abdulasiz al Saud, who died on Friday at the age of 90. The Grand Duke had previously already sent a letter of condolence to the new King, Salman, which he would presumably also met while in Riyadh tomorrow. 

With a visit to Saudi Arabia, Grand Duke Henri would have followed in the footsteps of a number of other European monarchs and royals, who visited the country over the weekend. In addition, a lot of non-monarchical heads of states (or representatives thereof) have also travelled - or a currently travelling - to the Arab country to pay their respects to the late King.

However a few hours later in the mid-afternoon, the cour sent out another announcement that the Grand Duke had to cancel his plans to travel due to a "contretemps survenu en dernière minute" (whatever that exactly means...) All of his other plans for the week, like visiting Slonsk in Poland on the 30th, remain unchanged.

No comments:

Post a Comment