Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Henri and Maria Teresa Welcome German-Speaking Heads of State

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Minaire
On the 27th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa hosted the 14th meeting of the Heads of State for German-speaking countries. This is the first such meeting in Luxembourg and also the Grand Duchess's first attendance at the gathering for German-speaking Heads of State. Last year's meeting was hosted by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Eupen, Belgium. (For a link with previous years, see here.) The original group of Heads of State included those from Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, with Belgium and Luxembourg invited only in the last few years.

This gathering of the German-speaking Heads of State was held at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster (CCRN) in Luxembourg City. Also present for the event were: Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, with his wife Elke Büdenbender; Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of the Republic of Austria, with his wife Doris Schmidauer; Doris Leuthard, President of the the Swiss Confederation, with her husband Roland Hausin; Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein; and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were also present for part of the events.

The day's event began with a welcoming ceremony, followed by a number of programs that the attendees participated in afterwards.

More photos at the Cour website and here as well, at Wort, and at Tageblatt.

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