Sunday, December 10, 2017

Henri and Maria Teresa Inaugurate Railway Station

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 10th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the inauguration for the new Howald and Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg railway stations. The event opened at Howald where the Grand Duke unveiled the new station name. Afterwards, the Grand Ducal couple visited the station at Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg, and from there traveled by Tram to visit the new Tramsschapp administrative building to attend an academic session.

More photos at the Cour website.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Guillaume and Stéphanie Open Exhibition in Brussels

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
Remember the De Mains de Maîtres exhibition initiated by the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess which took place in Luxembourg late last year? The exhibition showcasing local Luxembourgish talent has just gone international once more. After Luxembourg and France, the exhibition is now being shown in Belgium. On Thursday night, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the opening in Brussels. The Hereditary Grand Duchess gave the opening remarks.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
The exhibition "Of Master Hand" highlights some 60 young craftsmen and art designers from the Grand Duchy and the Grand Region. Its aim is to note the country's young talented creatives and to highlight the beauty and importance of the transfer of know-how to younger generations. The idea behind the the exhibition comes from no other than the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess themselves who launched the initiative together with the Chamber of Trade and the Ministries of Economy and Culture.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Olivier Polet
In case you are based in Brussels or will be around in the coming weeks: The exhibition, located at the Embassy of Luxembourg as well as the Galerie Lin Delletaille, will run until December 15 and 16 respectively. Much more information and another pictures available from the cour.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Five Ambassadors

Photo: Grand Duke Henri with Ambassador Od Och of Mongolia /
© Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On December 5th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience five new ambassadors for the presentation of credentials: Od Och, Ambassador for Mongolia; Nonye Udo, Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Novisi Aku Abaidoo, Ambassador for the Republic of Ghana; Raul Fernandez Daza, Ambassador for the Republic of Chile; and Emma Julia Villatoro Tario, Ambassador for the Republic of El Salvador.

More photos of the audiences at the Cour website.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Visits Science Center

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On the 6th, Grand Duke Henri paid a visit to the Luxembourg Science Center, where he learned more about its focus and goals, in addition to the larger purpose of inspiring scientific and technological interests in young people. Highlights of the visit included a chance to step inside the optical scanner (pictured above) and view experiments in robotics. The Grand Duke also viewed a 1907 diesel engine that was once at the Château de Colmar-Berg and which was donated by Grand Duke Jean to the Institut Supérieur de Technologie in 1977.

A number of other fun photos at the Cour website.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Grand Duke Henri Receives Architects and Engineers

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Cédric Allié
On December 5th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience new members of the Ordre des Architectes et des Ingénieurs-Conseils (Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers or OAI). These new members, both mandatory and optional, are participating in the 2015-2017 OAI exercises. Photographed with the Grand Duke and new members are Jos Dell, the President of OAI; Marc Feider, the Vice President of OAI; and Pierre Hurt, the Director of OAI.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Alois Receives Outgoing ESA President

Photo: Brigitt Risch / Vaterland /
On November 30th, Hereditary Prince Alois received the outgoing ESA (EFTA Surveillance Authority) President Sven Erik Svedman when he paid a courtesy visit to Schloss Vaduz. The ESA monitors and governs the compliance of EFTA members (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) to ensure there is no infringement on European Economic Area (EEA) laws. Svedman also met with Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick and Landtag President Albert Frick.

A little more from Vaterland.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

An Editor's Note Regarding Princess Tessy

In the past few months, we have hardly reported on the whereabouts of Princess Tessy. At the time she filed for divorce, we at Team Luxarazzi had a long talk about how we would handle her appearances in the future. We spoke about how we are covering other divorcees in the family and how we would handle other separations if they were to happen. After weighing different options, we decided that we would handle Princess Tessy's public endeavours in much the same way we do it with Hélène Vestur, former wife of Prince Jean: Whenever she appears at a family gathering, we will make sure to make note of it. Solo appearances, however worthy the cause, we may mention on Twitter or Facebook but we won't write about it on Luxarazzi. 

I understand that some of you may say that Princess Tessy has always held a higher profile than the former Countess Hélène de Nassau but we only find it fair to treat them equally.

Princess Tessy has been trying to position herself well in the media about the past few weeks giving TV interviews and more. For what it is worth: We at Luxarazzi believe that she is fighting for what is fair and the she should be treated with the dignity befitting of the Grand Ducal Family. This respect should go both ways. By publishing all the latest news and events by Princess Tessy, we feel like it would border on taking a side in the divorce as Prince Louis isn't able to equally tell his side of the story. Taking sides and playing PR games during what must be a difficult time for everyone involved is something we will do our best to avoid.

Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fashion Friday: State Visit Edition

We're back for a special edition covering the State Visit of the Grand Duke Henri and Princess Alexandra to Japan. I've tried to identify the brands of Princess Alexandra's clothes but it proved to be really difficult as we don't see her enough to know about her favorite brands and this was a short notice trip for her so a lot of her clothes are probably old. I will try to find her clothes, and if I do I'll update the post but it will take me time if the clothes are old.

On the first day of the state visit, Grand Duke Henri and Princess Alexandra were officially welcomed by the Emperor and Empress of Japan. I have no official confirmation of the brand of Princess Alexandra's skirt suit but I believe it is most likely from Dior. She also wore a Dior clutch and nude pumps. Her headpiece was previously worn by Princess Tessy.
Photo: SIP/ Charles Caratini

Photo : Dior
For the gala dinner, Princess Alexandra wore a beautiful pink strapless gown with a bolero previously worn by her mother.
Photo: SIP/ Charles Caratini
For the second day, Princess Alexandra wore a burgundy Elie Saab skirt suit previously worn by the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. I really wanted to see this skirt suit worn again so I'm pleased that it finally happened!
©SIP/ Jean-Christophe Verhaegen
Photo: VogueRunway

For an event in the afternoon, she wore a Chanel bag.

©SIP / Charles Caratini

Photo: Chanel
For a meeting with the Prime Minister and his wife, Princess Alexandra wore a navy dress with a light blue dress (I think it might me Armani but again, no confirmation). I also believe she wore a clutch owned by Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, the one she wore for National Day earlier this year. At the time, I supposed the clutch was a Judith Leiber clutch, still got no confirmation. ( Alexandra may have also carried that clutch to the gala dinner but I'm not sure)

©SIP/ Charles Caratini
Photo : Judith Leiber
For a reception with the Emperor and the Empress on the last day of the visit, Princess Alexandra wore an Elie Saab top and jacket previously worn by her mother too.

Photo: SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Photo: VogueRunway
Even if Grand Duchess Maria Teresa pulled out of the state visit because of her fear of flying, she did send a video message for one of the event. She wore her red Armani jacket.
©SIP / Charles Caratin

Photo: Armani
I thought I would also include Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's visit to the International Bazar in this post. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore her Weill coat and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore her Natan coat and a new Armani bag.
©Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli

Photo: Weill

Photo: Natan
I hope I'll be able to find more of Princess Alexandra but I will say that I was very impressed by Princess Alexandra during this visit, and not only by her choices of outfits but she also looked very at ease and Grand Duke Henri looked very proud of her! I hope this means we will see her more and I will be really pleased to cover her.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Maria Teresa and Guillaume Attend European Microfinance Event

Photo: © European Microfinance Award / Marie De Decker / Cour grand-ducale
On the 29th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the presentation of the European Microfinance Award, which is jointly organized by the European Microfinance Platform and the Luxembourg Inclusive Finance Network. This year's event highlights "Microfinance for Housing," and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was chair of the selection jury. Romain Schneider, Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, was also present for the event.

The three finalists were: Cooperativa de Ahorro y Préstamo Tosepantomin - Mexico, Mibanco from Peru, and The First MicroFinance Bank-Afghanistan. The winner, Alvaro Aguilar Ayon from Cooperativa of Ahorro y Prestamo Tosepantomin - Mexico, received a prize of €100,000.

More photos at the Cour website.