Friday, October 20, 2017

Alois Welcomes Diplomats from EU Member States

Photo: Radio Liechtenstein / radio.li
On the 18th, Hereditary Grand Duke Alois held a reception for diplomats from the EU Member States, who were on a visit to Liechtenstein. Prior to the reception, the visitors were able to explore a variety of cultural, economic, and political sites within the Principality and also meet with a number of leading figures: these included Klaus Risch, the President of the Liechtenstein Chamber of Industry and Commerce (LIHK); Albert Frick, the President of the Landtag; Hans-Werner Gassner, the President of the Liechtenstein Banking Federation (LBV); and Kerstin Appel, Director of the Kunstmuseum.

The EU Member States diplomats are part of the EU Council. In October of 2016, the EU Council formally reviewed the bilateral relations between Liechtenstein the EU and determined a state of positivity. In return, Liechtenstein was praised for its commitment the EU goals and was described as a "close and reliable partner."

A little more from Radio Liechtenstein.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grand Duke Visits Archaeological Site

Photo: Ministry of Culture
Already a few days ago and kinda missed by us due to all the latest news, Grand Duke Henri visited the Centre of Study of Roman Murals (CEPRM) in Soissons alongside the Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt. The CEPMR has been put in charge of the restoration of the remaining painted coatings and stuccos which were discovered on the Gallo-Roman archaeological site in the Luxembourgish town of Schieren. 

The cour has more pictures of the event, Chronicle offers way more information.

Grand Duke Meets New Ambassadors

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri met five new ambassadors to Luxembourg who presented their letters of credence to the Grand Duchy's head of state. The Grand Duke received in audience Mohamed Taha Mustafa of Yemen, Dato’ Hasnudin Bin Hamzah of Malaysia, José Alberto Briz Gutierrez of Guatemala, Jasem Albudaiwi of Kuwait, and Kaili Terrass of Estonia.

Pictures of all of them at the cour.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Madrid Museum

Photo: Julia Robles
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie continued their stay in Madrid with a visit to the Fundación Carlos de Amberes in the heart of Salamanca. It was founded when Carlos de Amberes, a native of Antwerp, donated his goods in 1594 to create a hostel. It has since become a museum that promotes the cultural ties between Spain and the Benelux countries, one of which is, of course, the Grand Duchy. 

Grand Duchess Attends Anti-Poverty Exhibit

Cour grand-Ducale/Olivier Minaire

The Grand Duchess accompanied by the President of the Chamber of Deputies and the Minster of Family attended the exhibit "A New Humanity Without Misery Will Be Born". The exhibit was organized to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Rejection of Misery Day which coincides with the 25th anniversary of when the United Nation's also recognized this day as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

In Luxembourg, the event and celebration also, not coincidentally, marks the culmination of the international campaign "Stop Poverty: Acting for Dignity", of which the Grand Duchess is patroness. The campaign is sponsored by ATD Fourth World Luxembourg.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Award Ceremony in Spain

Photo: © Julia Robles
On the 17th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Madrid to attend the awarding of the 23rd Prix Marquis de Villalobar. This award, which was created in 1987, recognizes individuals or companies that foster positive connections between Spain and other European nations (specifically Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands in this case). The Prix Marquis de Villalobar for this year was presented by the Belgo-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Spain to Luxair; Adrian Ney, the Director General of Luxair, was on hand to receive the award at the gala event.

The award was developed by Carlos Saavedra y Ozores, the Marquis de Villalobar, as a way of recognizing social, cultural, and economic ties between nations and focused toward a more united Europe. 

More photos and information at the Cour website.

Henri Receives Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 18th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Edgars Rinkēvičs, who has held the position of  Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Latvia since 2011. Mr. Rinkēvičs is currently on a working visit to Luxembourg. He has also documented the visit, including a meeting with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn, on his Twitter account.

Information from the Cour website.

Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation Receives Award

BMLFUW
Prince Constantin received Austria's National Award for Exemplary Forest Management 2017 and the first ever State Prize for Best Climate Forest Management (Staatspreis für beispielhafte Waldbewirtschaftung) on behalf of the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation. The national prize is given annually by the Ministry of Environment.

The Foundation cultivates 3,150 hectares of forest in the region. The Hohenau areas were acquired in 1457. One of the reasons for the award was the Foundation's strong commitment to nature conservation. Additionally, the forest contains a "remarkable" distribution of deciduous tree species with just 11 percent of the forest being coniferous. The forest also has a well managed an important set of flood planes.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

HGD in NYC


After Washington D.C., Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna (and presumably an accompanying delegation) also visited New York City this week. Unfortunately details about their adventures in the Big Apple are a bit scarce though Minister Gramegna's Twitter tells us that they visited the insurance company AIG, Talkwalker and the New York Green Bank.

Grand Duke Visits Mansfeld Park

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri visited the Mansfeld Park in Clausen alongside Luxembourg mayor Lydie Polfer, architect and head of Luxembourg city's urban planning department Shaaf Milani-Nia and Jean-Luc Mousset, president of the Friends of the Château de Mansfeld. The new Parc Mansfeld in Clausen officially opened on the evening of July 11. The occasion also marked the 500th anniversary of Count Pierre-Ernest de Mansfeld, former owner of what was once one of the most renowned estates in the Benelux, and now a park.

Another photo at the cour.

Grand Duke Expresses Condolences to Portuguese People

The Grand Duke has sent a letter of condolences to the President of Portugal to express his sadness about the current wildfires sweeping the north of the country which claimed several lives. The letter reads:
It is with great emotion that The Grand Duchess and I have learned of the news of the deadly wildfires which once again ravaged Portugal.
We express our profound sympathy and compassion to all those affected by the cruel tragedy. The people of Luxembourg stand with the in solidarity with the people of Portugal in this ordeal.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

From UAE To USA: Guillaume in Washington

Photo: Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Washington, D.C.
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume probably went straight from the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America: Over the past few days he visited Washington. In the U.S. capital the Hereditary Grand Duke, alongside Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna, participated in the annual meeting of the Fonds monétaire international (FMI) and the World Bank. In addition to several other meetings, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume also visited the Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath of flowers to remember American soldiers who died fighting for Luxembourg's freedom. In the coming days, Guillaume will visit New York City.

Princess Claire Honors World Day for Organ Transplant

Photo: Editpress/ Alain Rischard / L'essentiel
On the 15th, Princess Claire attended Marathon Indoor Cycling, in connection with her patronage Luxembourg Transplant. The event was held to raise awareness for the World Day for Organ Transplant and also encourage further organ donations in Luxembourg. For the fundraising challenge, participants cycled from 10 in the morning to around 6:30 in the evening. Since 2016, the number of organ donations has increased in Luxembourg, although Luxembourg Transplant would like to see that number continue to rise.

Princess Claire's doctoral thesis focused on the topic of organ donation.

A little more, with a few more photos, from L'essentiel.

Grand Duke Henri Attends Home & Living Expo

Photo: Steve Eastwood / Luxemburger Wort / wort.lu
On the 14th, Grand Duke Henri was in Kirchberg to attend the Home & Living Expo 2017, as part of Semaine Nationale du Logement (National Housing Week). The event runs from October 14-22 and features a range of innovations and design options for homes. The Home & Living Expo occurs annually and is sponsored by LUXEXPO THE BOX, along with the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts and the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de l'Ameublement.

More photos at Wort.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Maria Teresa Attends "Micro-Entrepreneur Days"

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
On the 13th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa participated in "Micro-Entrepreneur Days," held at the Chambre des Métiers, in connection with the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grande-Duchesse. The Minister of Labor and Social Economy and Solidarity, Nicolas Schmit, was also in attendance.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
The event recognizes micro-financing opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as initiatives that explore social inclusion and promote ways to reach the most vulnerable members of society. "Micro-Entrepreneur Days" was organized by the Fondation des Universitaires en Sciences Economiques (FUSE).

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
The Grand Duchess also gave a speech at the event, during which she encouraged attendees to "dare to undertake" and "unleash the creativity and potential of hundreds of men and women in Luxembourg."

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
The "Micro-Entrepreneur Days" are held on October 13-14, with over 120 participants.


(A Slightly Belated) Fashion Friday : September 30th - October 13th

We're back for a new Fashion Friday edition! Unfortunately, this one will be short because the last two weeks weren't very productive in terms of Lux Fashion but I still have some IDs for you !

On October 4th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the watching of a documentary about Clerveaux Castle. Stephanie wore an old jacket with a new burgundy Sophie Habsburg clutch. She owns the same model in nude.

Photo: ©Nico Patz

Photo: Sophie Habsburg
On October 7th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the opening of exhibitions at MUDAM. She wore a new white lace top by Boden (found on VK.com).

Photo: © Mudam / Marion Dessard

Photo: Boden
On October 8th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, Prince Louis and Princess Alexandra went to vote in Luxembourg's municipal elections. Princess Alexandra wore a Ralph Lauren jacket , however I don't have any info on Stephanie's outfit.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Christophe Olinger
Photo: Ralph Lauren

On October 10th, the Grand-Duchess Maria Teresa and Prince Louis received the founders of La Chaîne de l'Espoir. Maria Teresa wore a new Max Mara dress.

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Tous droits réservés

Photo: Max Mara

The same day, Prince Félix and Princess Claire were in Frankfurt to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair. Claire wore a new Tara Jarmon outfit with her favorite Aquazzura shoes.

Photo: © Ministère de la Culture
Photo: Tara Jarmon

Photo: Tara Jarmon

Photo: Tara Jarmon

Photo: Aquazzura

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie started their economic mission in the Emirates. Stephanie wore an old outfit , previously worn during one of their visits to the Emirates before. Sarah, from UfoNoMore, thinks the skirt could be from Issa , but there's no way to be sure.
Photo: ©SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Photo : lyst
On October 11th, for their second day in the Emirates, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore a new dress with old shoes first worn at the Closing of the Octave celebrations earlier this year and her Sergio Rossi clutch.
Photo: ©SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Photo: Sergio Rossi
On October 12th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore a blue jacket (she also owns it in teal but I have no info on it) with black pants and her grey Chanel bag on their third and last day in the Emirates.
Photo: ©SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Photo: Chanel
The same day , the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 40th anniversary celebration of European Court of Auditors. Maria Teresa wore a new coat by Weill (thanks to our reader Avery!).

Photo: © Cour des comptes européenne

Photo: Weill

They also held an audience for the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid. Maria Teresa wore another outfit (maybe from Yves Dooms?)
Photo:Cour grand-ducale
What did you think of these outfits ? Don't hesitate to share you own finds if you have some!

Louis and Tessy: Details of the Divorce Hearings

More details of the divorce hearing about the division of assets of Prince Louis and Princess Tessy have become public and, well, it's getting heated... Princess Tessy's legal counsel told the court according to a lengthy article by the Daily Telegraph, "My client has no wish to litigate and she made a very reasonable and sensible proposal. Unfortunately that proposal was rejected and my client had no option but to pursue this in litigation." The Princess' lawyer also stated after the hearings that "[Princess Tessy] is not a gold digger. Far from it. She is simply seeking a fair and proper settlement." Princess Tessy's legal team accused Prince Louis and his team of having threatened to drag the case out "for years" if Princess Tessy did not settle. One of the disputed points in the agreement is the estranged couple's home in Kensington, London.

Another point of argument was a recent article in a Luxembourgish gossip rag, Privat. The article claimed that Princess Tessy only married into the Grand Ducal Family for her own financial gain portraying her as a gold digger. Her legal team described the article as a "disgusting character assassination". Prince Louis' lawyer denied any claims that the cour grand-ducale had briefed the Luxembourgish media against his estranged wife, "My client is appalled at this. He has no idea how it came about. We share their disgust and will do anything we can to stop this happening."

(My humble two cents on the matter: Does anyone really think the cour works together with one of the worst kinds of gossip rags that has made fun of Prince Louis' dyslexia, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa's weight, and the Hereditary Grand Duchess not having given birth yet - and that all within the last few weeks? Yep, didn't think so either. And an additional note: The above article claims "the Princess’ name was quickly scrubbed from the website of the Luxembourg royal family" - nah, not really quickly, it happened after national day this year so about five months into the divorce proceedings.)

Note: All quotes are taken from the article by the Daily Telegraph linked above.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Grand Ducal Couple Meets Estonian President

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Yesterday, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa welcomed the President of the Republic of Estonia at the palais grand-ducal. The president of the Baltic nation Kersti Kaljulaid was on a working visit to the Grand Duchy this week.

Louis and Tessy NOT Divorced Yet, Can't Reach Agreement About Money

Prince Louis and Princess Tessy are not divorced yet despite appearing in front of the High Court in London earlier today. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the former couple is struggling to reach an agreement about how assets should be split and asked the court for a decision on the matter. A preliminary hearing in the Family Division of the High Court took place today. The court made a ruling that the financial details of the private hearing could not be discussed in public. "Mr Justice MacDonald analysed a number of legal issues and is expected to oversee a further hearing in the near future. He urged the pair, who had lived in London, to negotiate and try to settle their differences", Belfast Telegraph writes. 

Henri and Maria Teresa Honor the European Court of Auditors

Photo: © Cour des comptes européenne / Cour grand-ducale
On the 12th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 40th anniversary celebration for the European Court of Auditors (Cour des comptes européenne). The organization was founded in Luxembourg in 1975, per the Second Budgetary Treaty, as the fifth institution (of seven institutions) of the European Union. The purpose of the European Court of Auditors is to review spending and ensure that taxpayer money is being allotted correctly. The court possesses no judicial powers but is granted the power to comment on the legality of financial legislation. A new president of the Court is elected every three years.

Also present for the event were the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid: and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Info from the Cour website with further photos as well.

Louis and Tessy: Divorce Finalised?

 Photos: A. Davidson/SHM/REX/Shutterstock

It looks like Prince Louis and Princess Tessy's divorce may have been finalised today. The former couple, who announced their separation at the beginning of this year, was seen entering the High Court in London today. Princess Tessy filed for divorce in February of this year. The picture captions state "Tessy Antony arrives outside the High Court for her divorce from Prince Louis of Luxembourg". We will keep you posted if there are any official announcements. A few more visuals at Rex Features.

* For further development of this news, please see here.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Third Day, Third Emirate: Guillaume and Stéphanie in the UAE

Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / SIP
To round off their economic and trade mission to the United Arab Emirates that has also led them to Abu Dhabi and Dubai this week, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie headed to Ras al-Khaimah today. Before visiting the northernmost of the seven emirates, the couple held also met with Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, the UAE's Minister of the Economy, presumably in Dubai. 

In Ras al-Khaimah, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess as well as their accompanying delegation were welcomed by Sheikh Khalid bin Said Al Qassimi, son of the emirate's ruler. Together they visited RAK Ceramics, one of the world's leading ceramics brands headquartered in the emirate and also having offices in the Grand Duchy. Afterwards the Luxembourgish delegation also met with Ras al-Khaimah's ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi. "During the meeting, they exchanged views on bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance them, especially in the cultural, tourism and trade fields, reflecting the deep friendship and history between the UAE and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg" or so the official press release by the Emiratis said.

The day ended with an economic session organised by the local Chamber of Commerce.

More pictures are available thanks to the Lux government and Tageblatt. RTL offers a video.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Economic Mission Continued: Rocking Hard Hats in Dubai

Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / SIP
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are still on a mission. An economic mission to the Middle East that is. After Abu Dhabi yesterday, they and their accompanying delegation made their way to Dubai today. 

Photo: Jean-Christophe Verhaegen / SIP
In the UAE's biggest city, the couple participated in meetings with the local Chamber of Commerce and a business forum organised on the occasion of their visit. The Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess also rocked hard hats while visiting the trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Cristóbal Colón’. Owned by the Jan de Nul Group, the ship sails under Luxembourgish flag. The couple also saw the signing of a contract about the Grand Duchy's participation in the Expo 2020 to be held in Dubai and saw the fair grounds.

In addition to new pictures, both the cour and the government also updated their galleries of visuals with more pictures from yesterday of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development. They also paid a visit to Masdar City, the model city that solely relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources. Tageblatt has additional pictures of today. RTL also has pictures as well as a video.

Grand Duke Jean Visits European Court of Justice

Photo: Cour de Justice de l’Union européenne
On Monday, Grand Duke Jean paid a visit to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The highest court in the European Union in matters of European Union law is situated in Luxembourg. His Royal Highness was welcomed by members of both the Court of Justice and the General Court, from left above: Marc Jaeger, President of the General Court, Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice, François Biltgen, judge at the Court of Justice, and Dean Spielmann, judge at the General Court.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Maria Teresa and Louis Receive Founder of La Chaîne de l'Espoir

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 10th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, with Prince Louis accompanying her, received in audience Dr. Alain Deloche, who is the founder of La Chaîne de l'Espoir (in 1994) and the co-founder of Médecins du Monde (along with 14 other physicians in 1980). Both organizations focus on medical outreach to vulnerable peoples and enable trained doctors to volunteer their skills to those who might not otherwise have access to necessary medical care.

The audience included a discussion with Dr. DeLoche about a new project in Bamako, Mali, which will see the development of the Center for Pediatric Surgery at the Mother-Child Hospital Le Luxembourg there. The hospital was first constructed in 1998 and continues to see the addition of new surgical centers to provide residents with specialized medical treatments.

Also present were Dr. Jerry Kieffer, who is the President of La Chaîne de l'Espoir Luxembourg as well as a pediatric surgeon at the Center Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL), and Dr. Jacqueline Franjou,  who is the President of the Festival de Ramatuelle, which has raised funds through its theatre performances in support of La Chaîne de l'Espoir.

More information from the Cour website.

Grand Duke Henri Honors the Victims of World War II

Photo: © cathol.lu / Cour grand-ducale
Grand Duke Henri attended a service at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg to honor the victims of World War II for the National Day of Remembrance. Following the service, he was present at a ceremony held at the Monument National de la Solidarité Luxembourgeoise (MNSL), where he laid a wreath before the monument and acknowledged the flame of remembrance.

Photo: © SIP / Charles Caratini / Cour grand-ducale
Also in attendace were Prime Minister Xavier Bettel; Mars Di Bartolomeo, President of the Chambre des Députés; Lydie Polfer, the Mayor of Luxembourg City; and General Alain Duschène, Chief of Staff of the Army.

A little more from the Cour website.

Maria Teresa Supports the National Day of Suicide Prevention

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Tous droits réservés
On the 10th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received in audience Professor Dolores Angela Castelli-Dransart and Dr. François d'Onghia, both of whom work to support suicide prevention efforts. Professor Castelli-Dransart works at the Haute école de travail social Fribourg with a focus on the motives behind suicide and how to recognize suicidal behavior before it's too late. Dr. d'Onghia heads up the Suicide Prevention Department and has coordinated on the national suicide prevention plan since 2012. 

The theme for 2017's National Day of Suicide Prevention, which is organized by Prévention-Suicide, is the impact of suicide and how it can cause psychological vulnerabilities in family members and friends.

A little more information from the Cour website.