|Photo: Charles Caratini / Cour grand-ducale|
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel together with Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs of the Russian Federation, were among the guests for a concert last night by the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under the direction of famous maestro Valery Gergiev. Gergiev, who is also the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic, is Luxembourg's honorary consul in St. Petersberg.
The concert at the Philharmonie de Luxembourg took place to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the establishment diplomatic relations between the Grand Duchy and Russia. The Hereditary Grand Duchess, who wore a repeated Diane von Furstenberg jumpsuit, of course, speaks Russian and lived in Moscow for a year where she studied the language, literature and the violin. She later wrote her master's thesis at Humboldt University in Berlin on the influence of German romanticism on Russian romanticism with a focus on E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pushkin.