Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Attends Cycling Championship

Photo: RTL /
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was in the Remerschen area to attend a cycling competition, at which Bob Jungels was once more named champion. The race, which runs more than 155 km in length, also saw Alex Kirsch and Ben Gastauer taking second and third places.

A little more information from Wort and RTL.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fashion Friday: National Day Edition (June 17th - June 23th)

This week's Fashion Friday will be focused on the National Day celebrations since it has been a very quiet week from the Lux ladies otherwise.

Yesterday, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were in Bettembourg for the first part of the National Day celebrations. Maria Teresa wore a new jumpsuit and jacket by Max Mara. She also wore a green clutch and black pumps.

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
Max Mara
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Esch-sur-Alzette. She wore her red Tara Jarmon dress again with possibly old shoes and a new clutch. I believe the clutch could be by Russell & Bromley, similar to the one the Duchess of Cambridge owns. However, the brand could not confirm that this is in fact their clutch so this is just a guess as of now.
Photo: SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen, tous droits réservés
Tara Jarmon
Russell & Bromley
Today, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand-Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Luxembourg City to attend the National Day celebrations. For the official ceremony and military parade, Maria Teresa wore a new red custom made Yves Dooms outfit with silver Prada pumps (similar to this model) and a silver clutch, probably by Prada too.
© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés

Stéphanie wore a new Paule Ka orange belted dress with matching pumps and a gold clutch. With thanks to Marion MacPherson, Stephanie is wearing Rupert Sanderson shoes! 

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
Paule Ka
Rupert Sanderson
While the Grand Duchess didn't change for the Te Deum mass (she did add a matching hat to her Yves Dooms outfit), Hereditary Grand-Duchess Stephanie changed and wore a beautiful pink cape dress with a jeweled neckline. I have no information on the designer of the dress yet. She also wore her Chanel pumps and an old clutch that I think is by Judith Leiber (similar to this model), I'm waiting for confirmation from the brand.

© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés

Judith Leiber
For the gala dinner, Maria Teresa wore a new red Yves Dooms gown with a silver clutch. Stéphanie wore a purple gown that was worn by her mother-in-law for the gala dinner during the State Visit to Sweden in 2008. This gown could be from Natan but we don't have a confirmation.
© Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
I would like to thank the cour and Yves Dooms for sharing information about Grand Duchess Maria Teresa's outfits! What did you think of the outfits of the Grand Duchess and Hereditary Grand Duchess during these celebrations? 

National Day Gala: Tiaras and Hey, I Know That Dress

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
It's not National Day in Luxembourg without a sparkling gala event to round it all off - and thankfully we are visually blessed this year.  Ch-ch-check out Tageblatt and the cour for more pictures. Before we get to the tiaras and gowns, get our facts out of the way: Invited were members of the government, the bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, the Council of State, representatives of the judiciary, heads of the administration and foreign ambassadors and they were received by a rather small numbers of members of the Grand Ducal Family: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Both the Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duke looked their dashin selves sporting the Ordeer of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a red gown by who seems to be her new favourite designer: Yves Dooms. I can't say I object cause this lacy number looks trés chic. The Grand Duchess also sported the Belgian Scroll Tiara and small diamond earrings.
Photo: Zimbio
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a purple dress previously worn by her mother-in-law during a state visit to Sweden several years agon in 2008. I must say that I love the sentiment (always have, always will) but I find this to be a less than successful attempt at clothes sharing. It looked smashing on Maria Teresa almost ten years ago, but it would have needed a proper fitting for Stéphanie. On the tiara front, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie sported the Oval Amethyst Parure, she has worn twice before.

What else happened today? For our previous National Day coverage, have a look here.

National Day Continues With Te Deum Mass

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
The Grand Duchy's National Day celebrations continued with the Te Deum mass at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg this afternoon. For everything that happened previously today, have a look here. The Te Deum used to be the focal point of the National Day festivities but was replaced by a secular ceremony three years ago, it's still held but in slightly smaller fashion in the afternoon. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were all present for the occasion.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
As it has been for a while now, the Te Deum was an interreligious one, concelebrated by the archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich; the chief rabbi of Luxembourg, Alain Nacache; and the imam of the Muslim community, Muhamed Rizvic. 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, the grand ducal anthem, De Wilhelmus; as well as the Sonnerie nationale, which gets me every year.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore the same Yves Dooms dress and coat combination as this morning with a new hat, Hereditary Grand Duchess looked pretty in pink in a cape-style dress (whose designer we are trying to identify) and a pink fascinator. The Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duke looked dapper as always in their morning suits with the lapel pins of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau.

Today's National Day will be rounded off by a gala reception at the palais with gowns, tiaras and dashing gentlemen. Keep your fingers crossed for some sparkling surprises!

Grand Ducal Family Celebrates National Day

Luxembourg's National Day celebrations are in full swing. As this post is published, members of the Grand Ducal Family are attending the Te Deum mass at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. Last night, after the visits to Esch and Bettembourg, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the traditional torchlight procession. (And yes, I totally had a post about it ready to go last night and planned on waiting to add pictures - but then I fell asleep, so we will just conveniently insert it here.)
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Dominique Gaul
The torchlight parade features firefighters, scouts and basically everyone who is old enough to hold it carrying (surprise, surprise) torches. (It seriously makes you wonder if there is a national shortage of torches after June 22 in Luxembourg...) In addition there are folklore and musical groups and associations performing. The torchlight procession is part of the street festival taking place in the city on the day prior to the National Day. The pre-celebrations were rounded off by a fireworks display watched by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as their oldest son and daughter-in-law from the balcony of the Place de la Constitution.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
This morning, the festivities of the Grand Duke's official birthday kicked off with the not-so-new anymore official ceremony. First introduced in 2013, the secular ceremony took place at the Salle de concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte, also known as the Philharmonie Luxembourg, this year. The event was attended by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. Curious me can't help but wonder if the reduced attendance of family members wasn't coincidental but intentional as not to draw attention to the (possibly still pending) divorce of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy. On a brighter note: The Grand Duchess was a lovely lady in red in an outfit by Yves Dooms, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a summery orange Paule Ka dress.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
In front of some 1,200 dignitaries, diplomats and deserving citiziens, the Grand Duke gave a speech saying, "On National Day, we put aside our differences of opinions. Today we look at what we have together and what our nation represents (...) Today is a day for us all, the day we stand together, celebrate together and be happy." Grand Duke Henri also spoke of the challenges faced by Luxembourg and the world stating that courage and a strong will are needed more than ever, "Our political system, featuring democracy, freedom and respect for human rights is not a matter of course." (Full speech.)
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
In addition to the Grand Duke, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and President of Parliament Mars di Bartolomeo also held speeches. Part of the official ceremony is also the awarding orders and medals to deserving citizens by the Grand Duke, Prime Minister and President of Parliament. After the end of the official ceremony, 21 canon salutes were fired from the Fetschenhof to honour the Grand Duke.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess as well as the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess then made their way to the Avenue de la Liberté for the military parade. Both Henri and Guillaume changed into their uniforms for the occasion. The military parade traditionally also includes representatives of the police as well as aid, emergency and security services.

More pictures of today and yesterday at the cour with more to come in a round-up post.

Hereditary Prince Alois Receives Ambassadors

Photo: Alois with Manuel Francisco Gormaz Lira /
On the 21st, Hereditary Prince Alois received three new ambassadors at Schloss Vaduz: Manuel Francisco Gormaz Lira of the Republic of Chile; Kham-Inh Khitchadeth of the Lao People's Democratic Republic; and Aurora Díaz-Rato Revuelta of the Kingdom of Spain.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grand Ducal Family Visits Esch-sur-Alzette and Bettembourg

It's that time of the year again: Tomorrow is the Grand Duke's Official Birthday. The festivities all over the Grand Duchy always start on the eve of National Day - so, you know, you can let loose and use National Day for recovery (or something along those lines)... At 4pm sharp, it was the time for the traditional changing of the guard at the palais, which always kicks of the National Day celebrations. 
Photo: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort /
The first grand ducal sighting of this year's National Day events we got in the form of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie during their annual trip to Esch-sur-Alzette. It has been a tradition for decades that members of the Grand Ducal Family visit Luxembourg's second largest city to celebrate the nation on the eve of the Grand Duke's official birthday. At 5pm, the duo was welcomed in front of the Théâtre Municipal by mayor Vera Spautz, members of the Chamber of Deputies, the government and local politicians. After the laying of a wreath of flowers at the war memorial, they made their way to the city centre of Esch.
Photo: Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort /
On the place in front of the town hall, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess then watched a parade of the associations and clubs of the town. This was followed by a short reception hosted in the honour of the royal guests at the town hall and an appearance on the balcony. Afterwards, the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple made their way to the Escher Volleksfest, a public fair celebrating National Day, where they mingled with the people and lit a fire together with young scouts.
Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
Meanwhile at 6pm, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived in Bettembourg. While Guillaume and Stéphanie always go to Esch for the eve of National Day, the grand ducal couple likes to change things up a bit and thus always goes to different places. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were welcomed in Bettembourg by deputy mayor Laurenz Zeimet. 
Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
After the official welcome, the grand ducal couple made their way to the Château de Bettembourg were they visited the exhibition "Beetebuerg erliewen" or "Experiencing Bettembourg". They also signed the golden book of the municipality at the castle. Next on the agenda was a visit to the castle's park where the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess saw a presentation of local gymnasts before making their way to the Place Nelson Mandela for the Fête de l'amitié. The "Festivel of Friendship" showcased traditional local dances and more recent additions to Luxembourgish life, in the form of Syrian food, for example, likewise. To round off their visit, the grand ducal couple also met with local volunteers.

More pictures of the visit to Bettembourg here and of the visit to Esch here. (As always, we will have a round-up post with more links in the days to come.)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wedding of Prince Dimitri Galitzine and Alexandra Pollitt

Photo: Point de Vue
On June 11, Prince Dimitri Galitzine, son of Prince Piotr Galitzine and his wife Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, married Alexandra Pollitt - and it (unexpectedly) looks like everyone and their children/parents/cousins/[insert relation here] attended. This week's Point de Vue has pictures of Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien, Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha as well as their son Prince Josef, Princess Marie-Astrid as well as her children Archduchess Marie-Christine, Archduke Imre and Archduke Alexander, Prince Jean and Countess Diane at the wedding celebrations in Brussels. More Luxembourg and Liechtenstein guests not impossible.

Henri Awards Civil and Military Order of Adolphe of Nassau

Photo: Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa with public
figures receiving the Civil and Military Order of Adolphe of Nassau /
© Cour grand-ducale / Marc Schoentgen / tous droits réservés
On the 20th, Grand Duke Henri awarded the Civil and Military Order of Adolphe of Nassau for 2017, with Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also in attendance for the event. Those receiving the Order included the following: members of the Luxembourg Army (including Military Music members), members of the Police grand-ducale, staff members of the Cour grand-ducale, members of government administration, and members of the Suites grand-ducales.

Additionally, a number of public figures (shown above in the photograph) received the Order, including Guy Wagner of the Banque de Luxembourg, Lihong Zhou of the Bank of China's Luxembourg branch, economist Maria Nowak, Luxembourg-based dentist Maria Teresa Weitzel, physician Dr. Yves Lammar, BGL BNP Paribas Director Carlo Thelen, Banque de Luxembourg CEO Pierre Ahlborn,  and Luxembourg judo Olympian Marie Muller, among others.

On the same day, Grand Duke Jean also presented the same order to a member of his staff, at Château de Fischbach.

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends Circular Economy Luxembourg

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended a conference that is part of the three days of events associated with Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot 2017. The event will showcase changes made in Luxembourg during the past two years. Luxembourg continues to work toward having a circular economy that will maximize both sustainability and profitability.

The largest part of the three-day event will focus on networking and visits to innovative companies putting these ideas into practice. This will showcase how other businesses and sectors can be engines for change. Part of the goal of Circular Economy is to engage political and social leaders. To further this goal Grand Duke Henri also received architect William McDonough at the palais.  Mr. McDonough, who specialises in sustainable development, will deliver at speech on innovation and progress at the Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot.

We'll update once photographs and more information about the event are released.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Musical Honors at Schloss Vaduz

On the 19th, Schloss Vaduz welcomed Christian Hemmerle from the Liechtensteiner Verband (LBV) to receive honors for his musical contributions. Specifically, Hemmerle received the ÖBV Silver Cross, given to him directly by ÖBV President Horst Baumgartner. ÖBV Vice-Presidents Wolfram Baldauf and Erich Riegler were also in attendance. During his visit to Schloss Vaduz, Hemmerle also met with Prince Hans-Adam.

A little more information from Volksblatt. Photos will be added if they're made available.

Hereditary Princess Sophie Attends Annual Podium Concert

Photo: JM / Volksblatt /
On the 19th, Hereditary Princess Sophie was present at the annual podium concert for young musicians, with Maestro Graziano Mandozzi once again at the helm. This represents the 15th season for the event, with the main performance held at the TAK in Schaan and other regional performances held around Liechtenstein. Hereditary Princess Sophie also gave out certificates to the performances at the end of the event.

A little more from Volksblatt.

Grand Duke Jeans Celebrates Lions Club

Photo: H. Montaigu / Luxemburger Tageblatt /
On Saturday, Grand Duke Jean was on hand to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International and the 50th anniversary of the Luxembourgish branch of the world's largest service organisation. The occasion was marked by an academic session also attended by the President of Parliament Mars di Bartolomeo. More pictures at Tageblatt.

Grand Duke Receives Architect William McDonough

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri received American architect William McDonough for an audience at the palais. Mr McDonough, who specialises in sustainable development, will deliver at speech on innovation and progress at the Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot, a three-day event bringing together over 200 delegates from Europe and beyond to demonstrate how enterprises and other stakeholders can be an engine for change. The Luxembourg Circular Economy Hotspot will also count Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume among its guests, more on that once we have pictures.

Grand Duke Meets Estonian Prime Minister

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Grand Duke Henri received the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, for an audience at the palais earlier today. Mr Ratas is currently on a working visit to the Grand Duchy. Totally unrelated but in more interesting Estonia-Luxembourg news, the Grand Duchy is to host the first 'data embassy' on its territory, planning to store sensitive data for the Estonian government on servers in the Grand Duchy. More on that from Wort.

Grand Duke Celebrates

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On Thursday last week, Grand Duke Henri was on hand to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ënnerdaach a.s.b.l. Since its foundation in 1992, Ënnerdaach tries to combate homelessness by providing poor families with adequate housing at a modest price for a given period of time. Another picture of the academic session at the cour.

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends Music Competition

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas
On Sunday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the final of the Grand Prix Anne et Françoise Groben. Organised by the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg, one of the patronages of the Hereditary Grand Duke, the music competition rewards young musicians and singers from Luxembourg aged 15 to 30. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was accompanied by the state secretary for culture, Guy Arendt, for the occasion.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Ambassadors

Photo: Grand Duke Henri with Louis-Alkiviadis Abatis (Hellenic Republic) /
© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 14th, Grand Duke Henri received six ambassadors for the presentation of credentials at the Palais grand-ducal: Jean-Louis Six, of the Kingdom of Belgium; Louis-Alkiviadis Abatis, of the Hellenic Republic (Greece); Bruno Perdu, of the French Republic; Antonio Guerreiro of the Federative Republic of Brazil; Mohammed Shadat Hossain, of the People's Republic of Bangladesh; and Ahmed Shiaan, of the Republic of Maldives.

The Grand Duke Expresses Condolences

Grand Duke Henri sent a letter of condolence to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to express his sympathies over the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died earlier today aged 87. Mr. Kohl was the longest-serving German head of government of the 20th century acting as Chancellor for 16 years between 1982 and 1998. He was considered the architect behind the German unification and the creation of the Euro currency. During and after his years in office, Helmut Kohl visited Luxembourg a number of times.

The Grand Duke wrote:
Sehr geehrter Herr Bundespräsident,
Gemeinsam mit der Großherzogin möchte ich Ihnen hiermit mein tief empfundenes Beiland anlässlich des Todes von Altbundeskanzler Helmut Kohl ausdrücken.
Mit Helmut Kohl verlässt uns ein enger Freund Luxemburgs. Sein Engagement für die Völkerverständigung in Europa wird unvergessen bleiben.
In English:
Dear Mr. President,
Together with the Grand Duchess, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences on the occasion of the death of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
With Helmut Kohl we lost a close friend of Luxembourg. His commitment to the understanding among nations in Europe will not be forgotten.

Fashion Friday: May 27th - June 16th

We haven't seen a lot of the Lux Ladies these past two weeks so this Fashion Friday post will focus on one of the thing all the women of the family have in common : they love French brands!

But first, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grande Duchess Stéphanie attended a reception on May 31st during the Games of Small States of Europe in San Marino. Stéphanie wore a new pink Paule Ka with Castaner wedges she first wore for Prince Liam's baptism.

Photo: Yann Hellers / Luxemburger Wort /

On June 15th, Guillaume and Stephanie took part in events marking the 40th anniversary of the Kraïzbierg Foundation. Stephanie wore a new dress with her Sergio Rossi shoes and Lanvin yellow bag.
René Scho

But back to the French brands... Paule Ka is a very well-known brand founded in 1987 and is Stéphanie's favorite.

Over the years, Stephanie has worn a lot of Paule Ka outfits but she seems to have really favored the brand in the past few months and I hope she'll continue wearing Paule Ka more often. She chose Paule Ka for three big events in the past two months: the reception for the 80th birthday of the Norwegian Royal Couple, the official visit of the Duchess of Cambridge to Luxembourg and the reception during the Portugal State Visit to Luxembourg.

Princess Claire also wore Paule Ka for a very important occasion: the baptism of her daughter, Princess Amalia in 2014.

Claire's favorite brand is also a French brand: Maje! In fact, she wore a Maje dress for her engagement photos in 2012.

Maje was founded in 1998 by Judith Malgrom and has been a favorite brand for royals for quite some time now and Princess Claire wore two Maje dresses for photoshoots during her first pregnancy and with Amalia.

Sandro is another French brand worn by Stephanie and Claire. Sandro is Maje's sister brand and was founded in 1984 by the sister of Maje's founder. They haven't worn Sandro in quite some time but Stephanie wore a very popular Sandro dress in 2013 (Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York also own the same dress!)

The most recent addition to Stephanie's favorite brands is Tara Jarmon. Tara Jarmon is a Canadian-born, French-based designer who aims to dress women in "chic clothes with a modern and feminine twist". As far as we know, Stephanie first wore Tara Jarmon in October 2016 but she has worn two Tara Jarmon dresses last May, making us hope that we will see more Tara Jarmon outfits in the future!

Finally, there is a brand that both Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie share: Weill. Weill was founded in 1892 and is the oldest French brand in activity!

As for French designers, they don't wear a lot of them but they do own some of their pieces. They all own Chanel bags or shoes, Stephanie owns Louis Vuitton shoes while Maria Teresa owns a Louis Vuitton bag.

What do you think of these brands? Would you like to see one French brand or designer worn by one of the ladies in particular?