Friday, May 29, 2015

Coming Up: Iceland, Amalia and More

As we don't have that much news to cover, here's a bit of a look ahead what's waiting for us to happen in June Luxembourg-wise (and a little Liechtenstein-wise).

Between June 1 and June 4, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie will visit Iceland to attend the Games of the Small States of Europe. While you might recall them from the last two times they happened in Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, royal turnout won't be quite as numerous this year. Here's hoping though, that we will also get to see someone from Liechtenstein.

On June 1, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will welcome the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Yoka Brandt, in Luxembourg.

Also on June 1, Grand Duke Henri will receive in audience the president of the European Parliament as well as a delegation of members of the parliament.

On June 3, Prince Félix will turn 31. To mark his birthday, the cour has released four lovely pictures of the birthday boy, his wife and their adorable little baby daughter, which we'll be able to publish on June 2 already.

On June 4, Grand Duke Henri will participate in the inaugural session of the "Luxembourg EU Presidency Conference". The Grand Duchy will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second half of this year.

On June 5, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie will be among the guests for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Amicale de l’Aarnescht.

On June 6, Princess Alexandra will attend the 7th edition of "NOSL meets ZAK", apparently a Luxembourgish version of the Highland Games for schools.

On June 7, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Prince Louis and Princess Tessy, Princess Alexandra as well as Prince Sébastien will all cast their votes in Luxembourg constitutional referendum at the Ratskeller polling station. (Why yes, the Grand Ducal Family does have a right to vote.) The referendum will ask three questions about lowering the age of being allowed to vote to 16, giving the right to vote to non-Luxembourgers who have lived in Luxembourg for at least 10 years and have previously participated in European or municipal elections in Luxembourg, and limiting the number of years a politician can stay part of the cabinet to ten years.

Looking a bit further ahead, we will also have Luxembourg's national day coming up on June 23.

While I can't tell you the exact date yet, Hereditary Prince Alois will visit the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City sometime in June as well.

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