Saturday, May 28, 2016

Guillaume and Stéphanie Celebrate Nassau Dynasty in Schengen

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
After Prince Noah's first communion and family luncheon at Château de Berg, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were off to Schengen. What they did there? Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Nassau-Luxembourg dynasty with some guests from Germany (and a year late, for those who will tell me in an instant that Duke Adolph of Nassau indeed became Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 1890.)

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
The guests from Germany was the Bürgergarde from the city of Weilburg, ancestral home of the Grand Ducal Family. The 'civil guard', a guard of honour, was founded on the occasion of the wedding of Duke Wilhelm of Nassau (1792-1839) and Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1794-1825), great-great-great-great-grandparents - I hope I haven't forgotten anyone - of the Hereditary Grand Duke.

In Schengen, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume inspected the guard of honour from Weilburg and hopped on the MS Princesse Marie-Astrid together with his wife and several dignitaries to witness a ceremony to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dynasty Weilburg-Nassau. Afterwards, the Hereditary Grand Duke (who changed into one of his Nassau-coloured ties from this morning) and the Hereditary Grand Duchess (who wore the same dress by Temperley London) unveiled a memorial plague near a lime tree from Weilburg, which was planted last fall. To round off the day, the grand ducal duo opened a travelling exhibition entitled "Dynastie Luxemburg-Nassau". The exhibition will be shown in 18 Luxembourgish municipalities and Weilburg over the coming months.

Heaps of visuals of the event at RTL and Wort. RTL also has a video as does HR inluding a very short German interview with Guillaume and Stéphanie.

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