Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grand Ducal Family Attends Te Deum

Photo: Catholic Church of Luxembourg
The third event of Luxembourg's national day, after the official ceremony and the military parade, was of course the Te Deum. As in the last few year's, the celebration at the the Cathédral Notre-Dame was an inter-religious one also including Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox prayers in addition to Catholic ones. Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich spoke about the integrating function of the Grand Duke and the Grand Ducal Family for Luxembourg and the importance of the European Union.

Photo: Catholic Church of Luxembourg
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. Other musical pieces traditionally featured were the national anthem, Ons Heemecht, as well as the Sonnerie nationale.

Fashion-wise, there was a bit of a colour scheme going on. (Truth be told, I liked last year's fun scheme much better.) In other news, seashells attacked Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's head and a folded crepes seems to have landed on Princess Tessy's head. None of the other hats were anything to write home about either but I don't have any good descriptions for them, so let's focus on the dresses. Well, two of them. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie opted for a Valentino lace dress and Princess Claire wore a dress by Vilshenko (with many thanks to Laura on Twitter), coincidentally also worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway today. My personal favourite though was Princess Tessy's dress even though I have no idea who made it and Stéphanie's Valentino - though it it did seem a bit warm for the day.

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