Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekly Roundup: An Anniversary, A Launch, Audiences and More



Back in September Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein attended the launch of Pomellato in Milan. He was accompanied by his wife Princess Astrid and their lovely young daughter Princess Theodora.

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Hereditary Princess Sophie attended the launch of a book focused on the sacred cultural history of the Parish of St. Nicholas in Balzers, Liechtenstein.

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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the 50th Anniversary of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA) in Luxembourg. The university's Luxembourg campus hosts about 300 students from the Ohio campus each year. The Ohio campus in-turn hosts about 150 students from Luxembourg each year. During the celebrations the university honored the Hereditary Grand Duke with the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

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Hereditary Prince Alois met with the President of India and the Foreign Minister of India. The parties discussed economic trade. The visit  marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations. 

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the Home and Living Expo in Kirchberg. The expo focuses on building and designing homes. 

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The Grand Duke received Pierre Krahenbuhl of the UNRWA at the Grand Ducal Palace. 

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The Grand Duke received the credentials of the Ambassadors of Australia, Mexico, Angola and Trinidad and Tobago at the Grand Ducal Palace. 

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Weddings Details, Unexpected Sightings and More

September 29 to October 5, 2018
Photos: Bunte
On Saturday, Countess Anna Theresa married Colin McKenzie in her Bavarian hometown. We already covered the wedding here. Thanks to a few new pictures which have surfaced in the printed media we can now give you a more complete rundown of which members of the Grand Ducal and Princely Families attended: In addition to the previously mentioned Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Archduchess Marie-Christine and husband Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum as well as Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus with Prince Josef, we also spied Prince Félix and Princess Claire, Archduke Carl-Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid, Princess Nora as well as Princess Anunciata and Princess Astrid (in a special dress). The Hereditary Grand Duke, who appeared without a beard for the first time in years, was one of the witnesses at the wedding.

On Monday, Hereditary Princess Sophie was supposed to attend an event on the occasion of European Depression Day. While there was info published in advance, we have not found any pictures or further reports yet.
Photo: Royal Family of Romania
On Monday and Tuesday, Princess Margareta, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, and husband Prince Radu were on a semi-official visit to Liechtenstein (or whatever you call it when non-reigning royals visit reigning royals and make it look official). Princess Margareta, the daughter of Romania's last king, and her husband met with Fürst Hans-Adam II, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie as part of their visit. At least for part of their visit including visits to the Red Cross, a children's home and more, the Romanian royals were also accompanied by the Hereditary Princess.

If my eyes don't deceive me, Princess Margareta and Prince Radu also ran into Princess Anunciata, oldest daughter of Prince Nikolaus and Princess Margaretha, fresh off her wedding adventures in Germany. Princess Anunciata, who is a niece of Prince Hans-Adam, attended some meeting in relation to the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee probably standing in for her aunt Princess Nora. (News alert! Googling around I just found out that Princess Anunciata actually is a member of the Liechtenstein Olympic Committee since May, a bit of news we seem to have missed. All the details here.) A lot more pictures (and information in case you can read Romanian) on the website of the Romanian Royal Family.
Photo: Michael Zanghel­lini / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
Sometime midweek, either on Wednesday or Thursday, Hereditary Princess Sophie lend her support to the building project "The Roof" by attending the groundbreaking ceremony. In two years time, the new building will house the Liechtenstein Red Cross among others. More information and pictures at Volksblatt.

On Friday (or earlier today depending on when you read this), the Grand Duchess assisted at the 125th anniversary festivities of the Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg, she is the patron of. The Cercle Artistique aims to bring together Luxembourgish artists of all kind such as visual arts, applied arts and graphics to promote arts education in the country. (Update: The Grand Duke actually attended the event probably standing in for his wife.)
Also earlier today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced this year's winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege, who were honoured for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess sent letters congratulating both laureates. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has met and worked with both Ms Murad and Dr. Mukwege. Together with the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation, the Fondation du Grand-Duc and de la Grand-Duchesse will host a conference titled "Stand Speak Rise Up" in Luxembourg next year.
Photo: Nils Vollmar / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
File the last one under the things we missed category: Back in mid-September, Princess Tatjana was out and about in Liechtenstein giving out the award of the Prince Franz Josef of Liechtenstein Foundation honouring three associations working in the field of palliative care. The only daughter of of Fürst Hans-Adam, is the president of the foundation named in her grandfather's honour. More pictures at Vaterland.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Luxarazzi 101: Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Vol. 13

Oops, they did it again... Welcome to Luxarazzi 101: Royal Recycling and Clothes Sharing Vol. 13! Previously on how the lovely ladies of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein basically share one walk-in closet...
Firstly and frankly, I know it's a sign that I have been following the Grand Ducal Family for far too long and far too closely that my first thought when I saw Princess Astrid at last weekend's noble wedding in Germany was "I know that dress!" And sure enough, it's the same dress/tunic worn by Astrid's mother Princess Margaretha 15 years ago for the wedding of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium. 
Her mother isn't the only family member Princess Astrid shares clothes with though. This Valentino gown has been worn publicly on more occasions than I can count on one hand and maybe a few fingers more by both Princess Astrid and older sister Princess Anunciata.
And now from Liechtenstein onto Luxembourg: The return dinner of this year's Dutch state visit to Luxembourg saw Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie giving one of her mother-in-law's old Elie Saab gowns another spin. I know opinions are divided but I preferred Stéphanie's take on it. You can't ever go wrong with a rivière of honking diamonds.
On the first day of the state visit we also saw another clothes sharing moment though with much less success with an awkward-looking alteration attempt in the midsection to make up for the height difference of the Grand Duchess and Hereditary Grand Duchess. Usually I'm a fan of making use of expensive gowns by sharing the love but this attempt shall better not see a repeat.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Arco-Zinneberg/McKenzie Wedding

Photo: PNP
On Saturday, Countess Anna of Arco-Zinneberg married Colin McKenzie in Niederalteich in Bavaria. The bride is the daughter of Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg and Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este. As both Anna and her parents have attended a number of weddings of the Luxembourg and Liechtenstein weddings, it's no surprise that there were a lot of grand ducal and princely guests in return. 
Photo: PNP
In the pictures by the local press I could spy Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Archduchess Marie-Christine and husband Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum as well as Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus with Prince Josef. I may have also seen Prince Guillaume. Let's keep our fingers crossed for more pictures to come up as I'm sure that there were more Luxo-Liechtenstein guests. Hopefully more on this in our weekly roundup post!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Inaugurations, Anniversaries and More

September 22 to September 28, 2018

Welcome to our very first weekly roundup of the latest news and events of the Luxembourg and Liechtenstein families. Read here what it is all about - and then, without much further ado, let's delve deep into a busy week.

Our first bit of news actually dates back to Friday of last week, which would have been September 21, but as we haven't covered yet, here we go: Hereditary Prince Alois received a UNICEF delegation and representatives of the municipality of Ruggell as the latter was honoured as a child friendly place by UNICEF. More information here.
Photo: Collège médical / Vincent Flamion
Also on Friday night, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess attended an event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Collège médical. More photos at the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On Saturday, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa looking très chic attended the award ceremony of the Luxembourgish film award and even got to hand out some of the awards. More pictures at Wort and the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On Monday, the Grand Duchess inaugurated the Centre pour le Développement des Apprentissages «Grande-Duchesse Maria Teresa». The learning centre was started by the Fondation du Grand-Duc et de la Grand-Duchesse for children with learning disabilities. More pictures and information at the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Marion Dessard
Monday turned out to be the day of inaugurations as Madame la Grand-Duchesse was joined by her husband the Grand Duke for a second inauguration, this time of the Maison de Livre (House of Books) in Esch-sur-Alzette's City of Science. The cour has more visuals.
Photo: IKR
Meanwhile in Liechtenstein, Hereditary Princess Sophie attended an academic session organised by her own foundation on the topic of prevention for families in stressful life situations. A lot more information at Vaterland.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On Wednesday, the Grand Duchess was among the guests for an academic session organised on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of association "ALAN - Maladies Rares Luxembourg" for people with rare diseases. More at the cour.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Thursday saw Grand Duke Henri receiving several new ambassadors to the Grand Duchy for the presentation of the letters of credence. All the details of who and where from at the cour.
Photo: LGT
Prince Philipp in his capacity of Chairman of the Foundation Board of the LGT, together with the LGT Group's jubilarians of the second half of the year visited watch manufacturer Huber on Thursday. More information at LGT.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fashion Focus: Summer Edition

Fashion Focus is back! I know it's been a long time and I'm really sorry about it. First the Lux Ladies were on holidays and when they came back, it was me who had trouble identifying their outfits hence why Fashion Focus is coming back so late.

On June 25th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in the #NotATarget campaign. She wore her trusty Armani white blazer.

Photo: © Croix-Rouge Luxembourgeoise


Photo: Lyst


On the same day, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received the Swiss President and his wife for a private lunch. Maria Teresa wore a matching pink jacket and dress by Paule Ka.

Photo: © Cour Grand-Ducale/LuxPress/tous droits réservés


Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Paule Ka


On June 26th, the Grand Ducal couple and the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple attended the first Garden Party at Château de Berg. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore her blue satin Escada jumpsuit and her Philippe Farrandis statement necklace that she debuted during the State Visit to France.

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


Photo: Escada

Photo: Philippe Farrandis


Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore her Paule Ka pink dress and matching Paule Ka pink shoes.

Photo: ©Roland Miny/RTL.lu

Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Paule Ka


At the beginning of July, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Arles, France to attend "Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles". Stéphanie wore a white and black printed dress by Gucci. (Fun story: I found this dress on the Instagram account of a Danish secondhand store, this is probably my weirdest find for the Lux Ladies)

Photo: © letzarles / David Nivère

Photo: @GitaGunhild

On July 19th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were at Buckingham Palace in London to watch Prince Sébastien taking part in the Changing of the Guard. Maria Teresa wore a yellow printed dress by Georges Rech.

Photo: © Cour Grand-Ducale/Collection Privée


Photo: Georges Rech

At the end of August, Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen were in Galway, Ireland to participate in an event honoring Blessed Emperor Karl and Empress Zita. Kathleen wore a lovely blue dress by Séraphine Maternity.

Photo: Edward


Photo: Séraphine Maternity


On the first day of the Meeting of German-Speaking Head of States on September 5th, Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa wore a new dress that I haven't identified and a Dior lavender bag.

Photo: © Luxpress / Cour grand-ducale

Photo: Dior


For the dinner, both Maria Teresa and Hereditary Princess Sophie carried the same Bottega Veneta black clutch.

Photo: © Luxpress / Cour grand-ducale


Photo: Bottega Veneta


I believe Maria Teresa wore a Max Mara jacket for the second day.

Photo: © Luxpress / Cour grand-ducale

Photo: Max Mara

On September 7th, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie visited a fair. She carried a brown Gucci bamboo handle bag.

Photo: Daniel Schwendener


Photo: Fashionphile


On September 12th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa became a guide for one day at the Grand Ducal Palace. She wore a new Armani jacket and an Armani top.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue / tous droits réservés


Photo: Lyst

Photo: Lyst

On September 21st, Zeno Willms - the son of Princess Marie-Gabrielle and Antonius Willms- was baptized at Château de Berg. Marie-Gabrielle wore a lovely white dress with pink Aquazzura shoes. These are the same shoes she wore for her civil wedding in May 2017. Maria-Teresa wore the Yves Dooms custom outfit she debuted for the Closing of the Octave earlier this year.

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


Photo: MyTheresa
Another outfit for Princess Marie-Gabrielle : a Dolce & Gabbana gown worn recently at the wedding of Johannes Willms - her brother in law - and Sofia Elisa Grivet.

Photo: Bunte.de


Photo: MatchesFashion


What do you think of these outfits? There has been more new outfits this summer that I haven't been able to identify but as always, don't hesitate to share your finds if you have any and if I manage to find anything, I'll add them in the next Fashion Focus post in two weeks!