Monday, January 15, 2018

Princess Nora Attends Special Olympics Events

On the 13th and 14th, Princess Nora attended Days 1 and 2 of the Special Olympics Winter Games. The events were held in the winter sports communities of Malbun and Steg, both in the municipality of Triesenberg. (Steg, incidentally, holds Liechtenstein's only hill for ski jumping.)

Simon Fehr took home the first place for cross-country skiing, while the three winners of alpine skiing were Sonja Hämmerle, Lukas Foser, and Joel Seiler. There was also a celebrity relay in cross-country skiing that included former Olympic competitor Markus Hasler and Minister of Sports Daniel Risch

Photos of the competitions from Day 1 and Day 2.

Hereditary Prince Alois Meets Foreign Minister of Malta

Photo: Eddy Risch / Vaterland /
On January 15th, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed Carmelo Abela, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion in Malta, at Schloss Vaduz. Foreign Minister Abela also met with Liechtenstein's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aurelia Frick. Among the focuses of the meetings were global migration and developments within the European Union. Afterwards, Foreign Minister Frick accompanied Foreign Minister Abela to the European Year of Cultural Heritage events at Gutenberg Castle in Balzers.

A little more information at Vaterland. Some more photos of the Foreign Minister's visit to Liechtenstein, including photos with the Hereditary Prince, at his Twitter account.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Additional Family Members at the New Year's Reception

Photos: Information und Kommunikation der Regierung, Vaduz

Turns out, Prince Hans-Adam II, Princess Marie, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were joined by a few additional family members for the New Year's Reception at Schloss Vaduz in Thursday. Prince Nikolaus as well as Prince Stefan, new non-resident ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife Princess Florentine were in attendance as well. I also spied Prince Michael and Princess Hildegard among the guests arriving for the reception.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Alois Welcomes the Central European Football Associations

Photo: Radio Liechtenstein /
On the 10th at Schloss Vaduz, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed members of the Central European Football Associations, which is being hosted by the Liechtensteiner Fussballverband (Liechtenstein Football Association, or LFV) this year for the first time. The Central European Football Associations include the following countries: Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Poland, and Slovakia. Liechtenstein was recently added, with President Hugo Quaderer's signing of a joint agreement.

A little more from Radio Liechtenstein

New Year's Receptions in Liechtenstein

Photo: Screenshot from
And now the 2018 New Year's receptions in Liechtenstein have rolled around!

The two-part event on January 11th saw 562 guests welcomed to Schloss Vaduz. (This was slightly lower than the record of 580 people in 2012, but still an impressive turnout for the Princely family to greet.) The morning reception welcomed 172 representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, from 70 nations, while the afternoon reception saw 390 attendees.

The New Year's event has been held in two parts since 2012. For the receptions from 2017 and 2016, see here and here.

Information here, and the full video here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hereditary Grand Duke Celebrates Luxembourg for Finance

Photo: Luxembourg for Finance / Luc Deflorenne
Yesterday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was on hand to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Luxembourg for Finance. The agency was founded as a public/private partnership for the development and promotion of Luxembourg as a financial centre. 

At a press conference held on the occasion Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna said, "As a public-private partnership, LFF can convey messages with a common voice, and thus a much stronger voice than each of the shareholders of LFF would have individually. Over the last 10 years, LFF has been putting into practice a unique approach, which has been developing a dialogue and a lasting relationship rather than focusing on short term results.” The Hereditary Grand Duke has been a long-time ambassador for Luxembourg for Finance often joining them on their missions abroad.

Other pictures of the evening at Tageblatt and the cour.

New Year's Receptions in Luxembourg

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Yesterday and today, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa held the official new year's receptions at the palais grand-ducal. They were joined by the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess for the occasions. First off yesterday, they received the president and the bureau of members of the Chamber of Deputies before meeting the Prime Minister and the members of government. This was followed by receptions for the president and the members of the Council of State and national authorities as well as diplomatic corps and members of the European institutions today.

While another picture and a video of yesterday are available, there doesn't seem to be any visuals of today yet.

Prince Guillaume Promotes Mérite Jeunesse

Photo: Lycée technique de Bonnevoie
The other day, Prince Guillaume paid a visit to the Lycée technique de Bonnevoie for the signature of a partnership between the school and the foundation Mérite Jeunesse Luxembourg. The Mérite Jeunesse an organisation and award similiar to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Uncle Guillaume is the president of the organisation while his father, the Grand Duke Jean, is the patron.

More pictures of the visit on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Princess Isabelle Attends Funeral of Prince François of France

Photo: Alain Guizard / Bestimage / Paris Match /
On the 6th of January, Princess Isabelle (wife of Prince Philipp) attended the funeral of Prince François of France, Count of Clermont, who passed away on December 30th at the age of 56. The funeral was held at the traditional burial place for members of the Orléans family, Chapelle royale de Dreux.

Also present were members of the Orléans family including the late Prince François's parents Henri d'Orleans and Duchess Marie-Thérèse of Württemberg; his elder sister Marie Isabelle (who is married to Prince Gundakar of Liechtenstein); his brothers Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme, and Prince Eudes, Duke of Angoulême; the Duke of Chartres; the Duke of Anjou; Princess Maria Pia of Italy; and Archduke Michael of Austria, among others.

More information at Paris Match

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hereditary Prince Alois Celebrates 800 Years of Feldkirch

Photo: ©Henning Heilmann / Voralberg Online /
Hereditary Prince Alois was in attendance at a celebration that honored 800 years of the city of Feldkirch, Austria (located in the state of Voralberg, on the border with both Switzerland and Liechtenstein). The event, which was held at Feldkirch's Montforthaus, included a performance of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" by the Feldkirch City Orchestra and also featured presentations that highlighted the city's rich history and its future opportunities. A subtle feature of the occasion might be the carefully preserved 800-year-old town wall, which sits on the north side of the Montforthaus.

In addition to Alois, a number of other dignitaries were present, including members of the Federal Council, several regional ministers, and mayors from a number of surrounding municipal areas. A little more information about the festivities here.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Liechtenstein New Year's Interviews

Photo: Michael Zanghellini / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /
Hereditary Prince Alois has given the traditional new year's interview to Liechtenstein's newspaper Volksblatt (and presumably also to Vaterland) while his father Fürst Hans-Adam II spoke to the country's only radio station, Radio Liechtenstein. In his interview, which is available online under the previous link, the Prince Hans-Adam expressed his confidence in the new year, "We never did as well before, both domestically and internationally." According to the Fürst, the Principality's sovereignity is protected by being a member of international organisations, the people are well educated and innovative, new companies that are internationally competitive are founded each year - so it is only right to be optimistic about the country's future.

The interview with Hereditary Prince Alois isn't available online in its entirety. He spoke about the country's 300th anniversary next year, the challenges faced by the government and what he thinks about a possible deepening of the Rhine river, a Muslim burial ground in the country and the women's quota.

New Photo of Grand Duke Jean Released

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco
Ahead of his 97th birthday tomorrow, the cour grand-ducale has released a new picture of Grand Duke Jean together with his oldest son Grand Duke Henri. Grand Duke Jean was born on January 5, 1921, at Château de Berg as the first child of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix. He ascended to the Luxembourgish throne in 1964 and abdicated in favour of the current Grand Duke in the year 2000. For more on his eventful life, have a look at our Luxarazzi 101 about him. There is an additional one focusing on his life in World War II.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Your Favourite Luxarazzi Gala Appearance 2017, Tiara Division

Happy New Year - here's to a happy, healthy and successful 2018! Let's start the new year with a look back at all the glittery Luxarazzi tiara appearances of last year. But first: Your favourite Luxarazzi gala appearance 2017, no-tiara division. I can't say that it was a close race as Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's appearance at the Cannes Film Festival won with almost a third of all votes. Can't say I blame you - Stéphanie's white Ralph Lauren gown and a new pair of massive earrings may just be one of her most stunning outfits ever. 

In second place came Grand Duchess Maria Teresa at the wedding of Princess Marie-Gabrielle, with the same dress also worn at the Sandhurst dinner for Prince Sébastien, and Princess Claire (in Denis Durand) also in Cannes came in third.
Now onto the tiaras (fromt left to right): Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (in Yves Dooms and the Belgian Scroll Tirara) at the national day gala; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (in Yves Dooms and the Belgian Scroll Tiara); Grand Duchess Maria Teresa (in Yves Saint Laurent and the Belgian Scroll Tiara) at the Norwergian birthday celebrations; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie (in Elie Saab and the Amethysts) at the national day gala; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie (in her Diamond Butterfly Tiara) at the state visit; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie (in the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara) at the Norwergian birthday bash; Princess Alexandra (in the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara) in Japan.

So, which one do you like best?

Voting closes on Sunday.