Thursday, November 16, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Attends Climate Change Conference

Photo: © Editpress / Fabrizio Pizzolante / Cour grand-ducale
On the 15th, Grand Duke Henri was in Bonn, Germany, to attend COP23, also known as the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. (The event also represented the 13th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol Kyoto and 2nd part of the 1st session of the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement.)

The event is held through the 17th and includes 25 heads of state in attendance. The five action areas for this meeting include "emissions, adaptation to the inevitable impacts of climate change, finance, partnerships and leadership."

More photos of the Grand Duke, along with his speech, at the Cour website.

Hereditary Grand Duke Attends Space Conference

Photo: © Ministère de l'Economie / Cour grand-ducale
On the 16th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was in Luxembourg City attend the conference NewSpace Europe, the first of its kind to focus on space as an industry. Jointly organized by the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and the Space Frontier Foundation, and hosted by the Ministry of the Economy, the event highlighted the increasing economic and technological opportunities that space as an ecosystem has to offer. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider was also present.

Information from the Cour website.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Celebrate "The Luxembourg Society"

Photo: The Luxembourg Society
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are in London today where they attended the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Luxembourg Society. The Hereditary Grand Duke was on hand to deliver a speech during the occasion. The Luxembourg Society was formed in London in 1942 to promote closer relations and friendship between the United Kingdom and the Grand Duchy. Through its regular meetings in London, it assists Luxembourgers to find a circle of friends who are able and willing to help them during their stay in this country. It has particular relevance to students studying there.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Maria Teresa and Alexandra Attend UNESCO Event

Photo: © Unesco / Christelle Alix / Cour grand-ducale
On the 12th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Alexandra were in Paris to attend an event honoring Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO. The Grand Duchess's ongoing work with UNESCO highlights micro-credit opportunities and the fight against poverty, as well as creating educational options for girls.

Information from the Cour website.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grand Duchess at Red Cross Bazaar

Photo: Steve Eastwood / Luxemburger Wort /
The Grand Duchess went shopping for a good cause today and also got to pet some adorable dogs as she attended the annual Red Cross Bazaar. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is, of course, the President of the Luxembourgish branch of the organisation. The bazaar at the Hall Victor Hugo took place for the 71st time this year. The proceeds will benefit youth work done by the Red Cross in the Grand Duchy as well as their international work.

Stéphanie and Sibilla at Edward Steichen Award

Photo: RTL /
On Friday, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Princess Sibilla attended the award ceremony of this year's Edward Steichen Award named for the Luxembourgish-born American photographer. The award is held under the patronage of the Grand Duchess who was represented by her daughter-in-law. Princess Sibilla (in private capacity) is one of the board members of the Edward Steichen Award. This year's winners of the award are Esther Hovers and Daniel Wagener.
Photo: RTL /
Artist Edward Steichen was born as Éduard Jean Steichen in the Grand Duchy in 1879. Together with his parents he migrated to the United States as an infant. The award named in his honour is intended to be a cross-cultural, artistic and educational bridge between Luxembourg and New York. The award competition is open to contemporary visual and fine artists between the ages of 25 and 35, winners get to stay in New York City up to six months to expand their work while being sponsored by art institutes not only in Luxembourg, but also the regions surrounding the Grand Duchy.

A gallery of visuals at RTL.

Grand Duke Meets Deputies

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
This past week, Grand Duke Henri received the members of the bureau of the Chamber of Deputies at the palais grand-ducal for an audience on the occasion of the new term of parliament - and we got kind of a badly lit visual of it. That's about all the information I can you provide you with about the meeting others than the names of the people in attendance. However, it's easier to just hop over to the website of the cour to read them there.

Grand Duke Attends Academic Session

Photo: Christof Weber
The other day, Grand Duke Henri attended the 50th anniversary of the Confédération Générale de la Fonction Publique, an association of public sector occupational unions. Others to attend the academic session included Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, President of Parliament Mars di Bartolomeo and Luxembourg mayor Lydie Polfer.

The cour has another picture of the event.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Five New Ambassadors

Photo: Grand Duke Henri with the Ambassador from Panama /
© Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 9th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience five new ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: Dario Ernesto Chiru Ochoa from the Republic of Panama; Karla Luzette Beteta Brenes from the Republic of Nicaragua; Choe Il from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Elpidoforos Economou from the Republic of Cyprus; and Jacqueline Marie Zaba Nikiema from Burkina Faso.

More photos available from the Cour website.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Gospel Concert

Photo: Sébastien Grébille
Last night, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in attendance for a concert by "Gospel and Friends". The choir is made up of singers between the ages of 75 and 100. The concert was organised by Fondation Ecouter pour Mieux s’Entendre (EME), or Listen to Better Understand. Guillaume and Stéphanie have been supporting the organisation all the way since their wedding donating 15,000 euros to the Fondation and previously attending concerts in December 2014in May 2015 and January 2016.

More pictures and information from the cour.

Stéphanie Visits Luxembourg Art Week

Photo: Claude Piscitelli / Cour grand-ducale
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie paid a visit to the Luxembourg Art Week yesterday. She was accompanied for the visit by the State Secretary of Culture Guy Arendt and also met several artists taking part in the exhibition by the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg (CAL) at the Tramsschapp

Founded in 1893, the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg (CAL) is an association which brings together painters, sculptors, engravers and other creators in the visual arts, professional or amateur, that have been admitted by an international jury to exhibit their work at the Salon du CAL - today's exhibiton - three times within 5 years. The main objective of the CAL is to bring together the creators of different artistic expressions.

The cour has more pictures.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hans-Adam and Marie Plant Tree To Celebrate Wedding Anniversary

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Longest yet most melodical headline ever?! Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier this year. Instead of a fancy gift, Liechtenstein's government decided to go for a sustainable and growing one: A walnut tree. Yesterday, the Princely Couple planted the new tree near Schloss Vaduz with the Principality's whole government, the President of Parliament and his deputy as well as a few other dignitaries in attendance.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Henri Attends Meeting for Olympic Solidarity Commission

Photo: CIO
On the 6th, Grand Duke Henri was in Lausanne, Switzerland, to attend a meeting of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, which highlights opportunities to support National Olympic Committees (NOCs). The Grand Duke has been a member of the commission since 1999 and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since February of 1998.

Maria Teresa and Alexandra Participate in Global Social Business Summit

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / David Nivière
From the 6th to the 7th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is in Paris to attend and speak at the Global Social Business Summit (GSBS). The event opened on the 4th and runs through the 7th. Also present for the Summit were Princess Alexandra, Queen Sofia of Spain, and the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / David Nivière
The theme is "How to Create a New Human Society," and the Grand Duchess's speech highlighted the need to focus on "an economy in the service of men and not pure finance." She also encouraged a positive view of the opportunities for finance: "Finance can become a noble and useful material for the future of the planet and social cohesion when it is worked by intelligent, generous and altruistic people." The event is organized in part through the efforts of Muhammad Yunus who developed the first microcredit institution. 

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / David Nivière
The Summit was held at the Cité Universitaire Internationale, and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess were also there on the 4th for the 90th anniversary of the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, which hosts Belgian and Luxembourgish students at the school.

Photo: Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / David Nivière

Henri and Maria Teresa Honor the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre

Photo: © Cyril Bailleul / Cour grand-ducale
On the evening of the 4th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were in Paris to recognize the 90th anniversary of the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre, which houses Belgian and Luxemburgish students who are attending the Cité Internationale Universitaire. The Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre hosts more than 500 students each year and has housed around 25,000 since its inception.

The celebration included a tour of the exhibit "Les anciens ont du talent" ("The Alumni Have Talent"), followed by other events hosted by former residents of the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre. Also in attendance were Mertens de Wilmars, the Ambassador of Belgium in Paris; Martine Schommer, the Ambassador of Luxembourg in Paris; and Jean-Marc Sauvé the President of the Cité Internationale Universitaire.

A few more photos from the Cour website.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fashion Friday: October 14th - November 3rd

I'm sorry you had to wait three weeks for a new Fashion Friday post but I had problems with my computer last week so the post was delayed. But now, everything is back to normal so here is the new Fashion Friday post

On October 15th, Princess Claire attended Marathon Indoor Cycling which was held to support World Day of Organ Transplant. She wore a Tara Jarmon top.
Photo: Editpress/ Alain Rischard / L'essentiel

Photo: Tara Jarmon
On October 17th , Hereditaty Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the 23rd Prix Marquis de Villalobar in Madrid. Stéphanie wore her Armani Collezioni dress with her Natan pumps and Natan clutch.
Photo:© Julia Robles

Photo: Lyst

Photo: Natan
Photo: Natan

On October 18th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie spent their second day in Madrid where they visited a museum. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a Tara Jarmon coat with her Tara Jarmon green dress, her Gucci bag. Her shoes have also been worn by the Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa.
Photo: © Julia Robles

Photo: Tara Jarmon

Photo: placedestendances

Photo: Gucci
On October 25th, the Grand Duke Jean, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the volontary army and the 175th anniversary of the Musique Militaire Grande-Ducale. The Grand Duchess wore her Armani black velvet top.
Photo: EMA

Photo: Lyst
On October 30th, the Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended a conference on World Stroke Day. She wore a new Claudie Pierlot green dress and her Diane Von Furstenberg clutch. I think the shoes are Sergio Rossi but the photos aren't good enough for me to be sure of the model.

Photo: © Raymond Clement

Photo: placedestendances

Photo: Diane Von Furstenberg
On November 2nd, the Grand Ducal Family attended a mass to mark All Souls's Day. The Grand-Duchess wore a purple coat that could be from Yves Dooms with a Chanel scarf.
Photo: © Gerry Huberty

Photo: Chanel
What did you think of these outfits ? Which is your favorite ? Don't hesitate to share your opinions and your finds ! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Grand Ducal Family Marks All Souls' Day

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort /
An almost unusually large number of members of the Grand Ducal Family attended All Souls' Day mass at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame early today. Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra as well as Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla all attended the mass to honour the deceased members of the Grand Ducal Family. They were greeted by Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich who also performed the blessing of the graves to honor deceased members of the family.

More pictures at the cour and Wort.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Grand Duke Marks Reformation Day

Photo: Catholic Church of Luxembourg
Five hundred years and one day ago, on October 31, 1517, German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg in the Electorate of Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire marking the start of the Reformation. Yesterday, Grand Duke Henri attended a church service con-celebrated by the Protestant Parish of the German language in Luxembourg, the Protestant-Reformed Church in Luxembourg and the Catholic Church at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame to commemorate the event. 

In a slightly funny turn of events, it is actually the Catholic Church of Luxembourg that offers a gallery of visuals of the service.