Monday, March 19, 2018

New Picture of Princess Claire

Photo: Anne du Chastel
2018 seems to establish a new trend with the cour grand-ducale: Birthday = new photo! (For the record: That's a trend Team Luxarazzi can fully get behind.) The day after tomorrow - March 21, that is - Princess Claire is celebrating her 33rd birthday and we were blessed with a new photograph of Luxembourg's German-born princess. I'd redirect you to our Luxarazzi 101 about her to learn more about Princess Claire but that is one oooold Luxarazzi 101, in fact it may have been one of the very first ones... 

Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Begin State Visit to France

All photos: SIP
Last night, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess arrived in Paris via train to have an early start into a jam-packed first day of their state visit to France. The royal couple are accompanied on the three-day visit by nine of Luxembourg's cabinet ministers and more than 200 officials, including the largest business delegation on a state visit in history. It is the first Luxembourgish state visit to France in 40 years as the last one occured in 1978.
The state visit to France began with a welcoming ceremony at the Hôtel des Invalides, one of Paris' most prominent buildings, for Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. They were greeted by the Secretary of State for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau and the Military Governor of Paris Bruno Le Ray. After the interpretation of the national anthems, Monsieur le Grand-Duc reviewed the guard of honor composed of the four forces - the Republican Guard, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force - in the courtyard of the castle. This was followed by the presentation of the Luxembourg delegation.
Next up on the agenda was the official welcome at the Élysée Palace - and the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess sure travelled there in style accompanied by an escort of 140 horses and 28 motorcyclists. On the steps of the Élysée Palace, the couple was greeted by the President of France Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte with some time for a one-on-one meeting afterwards.
Subsequently, an official luncheon for the economic delegation was held in the presence of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa at the Hôtel Shangri-La. The couple was also present for an economic forum entitled "France-Luxembourg: More than neighbors!" and saw the signing of a memorandum of understanding.
At the end of the afternoon, the official delegation went to the Hôtel de Lassay, the residence of the Speaker of the National Assembly, François de Rugy. After another round of military honours, the Grand Ducal Couple was welcomed by François de Rugy for a talk in the presence of Minister Jean Asselborn. 

Right now, a gala dinner is being hosted for the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess by the French President - but that's the story for another post.

More pictures and videos at the cour, the governmentWort and RTL.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Arrive in Paris

Photos: Cour grand-ducale / Bertrand Rindoff, Getty Images

Earlier this evening, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived at the Gare de l’Est in Paris for their three-day state visit to France, which will begin tomorrow. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess travelled to the French capital on the TGV train from Luxembourg.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Grand Duke Visits Forum Pour L’Emploi

Photo: Luxemburger Tageblatt /
Grand Duke Henri visited the Forum pour l’emploi yesterday to mark its 20th anniversary. Established in 1998, the organisation's aim is to integrate workers into the world of work to increase their chances to find a new job by additional job training and gaining work experience. In addition, they support make-work projects for people of all ages and profiles.

For more information and pictures, have a look at Tageblatt.

Anunciata and Astrid at Royal Wedding in Peru

Photo: NTB Scanpix
Look who is in Lima this weekend to attend the wedding of Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra de Osma... You are right indeed, it is Princesses Anunciata and Astrid of Liechtenstein. The daughters of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein and Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg were among an array of royals and nobles who flocked to the Peruvian capital for the nuptials of the German prince and his Peruvian bride. Princess Anunciata was also among the guests for Prince Christian's older brother's wedding in Hanover last year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Henri and Maria Teresa Stop By RTL

Photo: Olivier Cros / RTL
On the 14th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa paid a visit to the offices and studios of RTL to see how that news organization carries out its daily responsibilities. Also present were Liz Mohn and her daughter Dr. Brigitte Mohn of the Bertelsmann Foundation Board of Trustees and the Bertelsmann Supervisory Board. RTL is one division of the mass media corporation Bertelsmann, which also includes the publishing companies Penguin Random House and Gruner + Jahr.

Information, including more photos, from RTL.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Grand Duke Attends Preview of Film-Concert "Croc-Blanc"

Photo: © Alfonso Salgueiro Lora
On the 9th, Grand Duke Henri attended a preview of the film-concert "Croc-Blanc" (White Fang), which includes the presentation of an animated film from Alexandre Espigares with accompanying music performed by the artists of Orchestre Philharmonie Luxembourg and directed by Gast Waltzing. The production is based on Jack London's classic book, and the film has also been selected for a number of international film festivals.

Photo from the Cour website.

Grand Duke Celebrates 100 Years of Boucherie-Salaisons Meyer

Photo: © Boucherie-Salaisons Meyer / Mario Saddi
On the 8th, Grand Duke Henri attended an academic session to honor the 100th anniversary of Boucherie-Salaisons Meyer. The butchery specializes in unique methods of pickling and smoking meats and  is considered one of the (if not the) largest producers of ham in the Grand Duchy.

Photo from the Cour website.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sophie Visits Association for Assisted Accommodation

Photo: Michael Zanghellini / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /
On Thursday, Hereditary Princess Sophie visited an association for assisted accommodation in Liechtenstein with facilities in Schaan, Mauren and Vaduz. The association allows the elderly live independently in their own flats but with personal care and support services available on-site at all times. The Hereditary Princess' visit especially focused on their social-psychiatric, social-therapeutic and social-pedagogic activities.

More information at Volksblatt.

Hereditary Prince Alois Receives New Ambassadors

Photo: IKR
It was business as usual for Hereditary Prince Alois yesterday as he received five new ambassadors to Liechtenstein at Schloss Vaduz. George Sibi of India, Rubén Mario Salas Pereira of Costa Rica, Timo Kalevi Rajakangas of Finland, Haeryong Kown of the Republic of Korea and Sankie Dolly Mthembi-Mahanyele of South Africa all presented their letters of credence to the Principality's regent during separate audiences.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Fashion Friday: The Year So Far

Fashion Friday is back! I'm sorry for the long absence but real life has been busy. But we're back and I even have a very exciting find for you

Yesterday, my friend Sarah found the dress Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore during the  National Day Te Deum in June 2017. It is by Georges Rech! I have gotten in touch with the brand and they told me it was not the first time Stéphanie wore one of their designs but they couldn't give me any other information, unfortunately.

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

Photo: Georges Rech

Now, let's take a look at the Lux ladies' fashion in 2018 so far.

For the first New Year's Reception, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore her Paule Ka dress with a black cropped jacket and black pumps.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Photo: Paule Ka

I believe Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new Yves Dooms outfit but I haven't heard back from the brand yet.

On January 30th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Florida to attend the launch of the "GovSat1" satellite.  She wore several outfits and I didn't have any luck finding her new outfits but I can tell you that she wore an old white Sportmax jacket (that was IDed by Sarah a few weeks ago) when visiting the installations and her old Castaner wedges during the launch.
Photo:© SIP / Charles Caratin

Photo: Vestiaire Collective
Photo: © SIP / Charles Caratin

Photo: Castaner

On February 14th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa celebrated their wedding anniversary by visiting an exhibition about them.Maria Teresa wore an old coat with a new Tod's black bag.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés

Photo: Tod's

A new official photo was released for the 34th anniversary of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie. She wore her Paule Ka coat and her Kenneth Jay Lane earrings.
Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco
Photo: Paule Ka
Photo: Kenneth Jay Lane

On February 21st, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 40th anniversary celebration of Tricentenaire. She wore one of her Weill coat.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Manuel Dias

Photo: Weill

On February 23rd, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie visited Luxlait. For this visit, Stephanie wore a new red Burberry coat with a new SaKaNaNa bag (with thanks to Avery!).

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés

Photo: Burberry

Photo: SaKaNaNA

On March 2nd, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the opening of the exhibition Joao Penalva at the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean. She wore the Tara Jarmon coat she debuted in 2016.
Photo: Mudam / Marion Dessard

Photo: Place Des Tendances
I also made my first find for Hereditary Princess Sophie! On February 26th, she attended a military award ceremony. She wore a printed dress by German brand, Dorothée Schumacher with a black Salvatore Ferragamo bag.

Photo: Paul Trummer / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /

Photo: Farfetch

There were more outfits worn by these ladies in 2018 but I haven't managed to find them yet. Any new find will be added to this post or the next Fashion Friday post. Please, don't hesitate to share your own finds! What did you think of these outfits?

Grand Duke Receives Prime Ministers of Finnland and Sweden

The Grand Duke and the Prime Minister of Finland (Photo: Cour grand-ducale)
There was a bit of a Nordic invasion in the Grand Duchy today as both the Prime Ministers of Finland and Sweden were in Luxembourg today for working visits. Naturally, the Grand Duke was on hand to receive both of them in audience at the palais grand-ducal this morning. 
The Grand Duke and the Prime Minister of Sweden (Photo: Cour grand-ducale)
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä was first of with his Swedish counterpart Stefan Löfven making his visit to the palais soon after.

Luxembourgs and Liechtensteins at Gala Event

Photo: La couronne
Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his wife Countess Diane as well as Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein and his son Prince Rudolf and daughter-in-law Princess Tılsım attended the annual gala of the Order of Saint Lazarus in Rougemont in Switzerland. The Order is a Christian ecumenical lay order statuted in 1910 by a council of Catholics in Paris with one of its branches having strong ties to the Orléans family. There was also a church service connected with the gala event.

For more pictures, have a look at La couronne.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Henri and Maria Teresa Celebrate 10 Years of Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli / tous droits réservés
On March 6th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received in audience the Board of Directors for Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation to celebrate its tenth anniversary. The Grand Duchess is herself a member of the Board of Directors, a role she has held since the Foundation's inception in 2008. Upon this tenth-anniversary occasion, the mandates established by founder Muhammad Yunus were reaffirmed, with the ongoing commitment to practicing financial inclusion and provide fair financing opportunities for those in need. Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation offers financial support in 28 countries; approximately 75% of recipients are women.

The audience was held at Château de Berg.

Information from the Cour website.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Maria Teresa Participates in "Streetwork Uewerstad"

Photo: © Croix-Rouge / Sven Becker
On March 1st, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa participated in the initiative "Streetwork Uewerstad," which provides support to those who need a meal, a place to rest, and access to necessary services. Managed by a group of experienced professionals, "Streetwork Uewerstad" is part of the Luxembourg Red Cross welcomes around 50 people each day The Grand Duchess, who is the President of Luxembourg Red Cross, took time to meet with the homeless around Luxembourg City during the visit and to voice her ongoing support for relief efforts.

Information and another photo from the Cour website.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Alois and Sophie Welcome the Swiss President

On March 5th, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie welcomed Alain Berset, the President of the Swiss Confederation, who is on an official visit to Liechtenstein with his wife Muriel Zeender Berset. They greeted the couple at Schloss Vaduz, after which the President met with Prime Minister Adrian Hasler for bilateral talks. His wife paid a visit to the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein during the meeting but then met back up with him for lunch with the Prime Minister and his wife, Councilor Aurelia Frick and and her husband, and Councilor Mauro Pedrazzini and his partner.

In the evening, the President and his wife returned to Schloss Vaduz for a dinner given in their honor by Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie. The couple was also invited to view many of the important works of art housed in the castle. The official visit will run from the 5th to the 6th and also includes skiing with the Hereditary Princely couple.

Information and more photos at

Henri and Maria Teresa Attend Screening of "Ashcan"

Photo: © CNA / Romain Girtgen / Cour grand-ducale
On March 2nd, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the screening of the film Ashcan, which reveals the history of the secret prison that held high-ranking Nazis following the Allied victory in May of 1945. The prison, which was run by the US Army, was located in Mondorf-les-Bains in the southeastern part of Luxembourg and held 72 inmates. Originally a luxury hotel in a spa town, the prison was converted into a high security prison after the war. Without applying torture techniques, the members of the US Army were able to extract important information from the prisoners about the Nazi regime, with much of this information used later in the Nuremberg trials.

Ashcan was directed by Willy Perelsztejn and blends documentary footage with theatrical performances.

Information from the Cour website and Film Fund.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Grand Ducal Couple Visits Homeless Shelter

All photos: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Earlier today, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, together with the Minister of Family and Integration and the Greater Region Corinne Cahen, visited Wanteraktioun in Findel, which offers a warm place to stay for homeless people in winter.
In the morning, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess took the opportunity to talk to the homeless who spent the night at home, as well as with the volunteers who are assigned to meal distribution and organising activities for those present.
Wanteraktioun, an additional homeless shelter for wintertime, was opened by the Ministry of Family in 2001 with the aim that not one person needs to spend cold winter nights outside.