Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie Attend Art2Cure in New York

Photo: © Art2Cure / Alyssa Meadows / Cour grand-ducale
On the 21st, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the 2018 opening of Art2Cure in New York City. The event took place at the Ronald Feldman Gallery and featured six artists from Luxembourg: Jhemp Bastin, Roland Quetsch, Martine Pinnel, Sergio Sardelli, Stick, and Joachim Van der Vlugt. In addition to the Luxembourgish artists, seven American artists were also featured.

More photos of the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple on the Cour website, and more photos of the art available on Art2Cure's Facebook page. Art2Cure was founded in 2014 to raise money for biomedical research in Luxembourg.

Tiaras, Gown and Dashing Gentlemen: Gala Banquet

Photo: Het Koninklijk Huis
Get out your sunglasses, ladies and gentlemen, it's sparkle time. I knew we could count on the Benelux ladies to bring the bling (though I am a tad disappointed the Grand Duchess did not get out the Empire Tiara...)
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Cyril Moreau
In the red corner we got Grand Duchess Maria Teresa sporting the Belgian Scroll Tiara and a repeated Elie Saab gown. In the blue corner we have Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wearing the (new-to-her) Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara and the necklace version of the Sapphire Necklace Tiara together with an old Elie Saab gown previously worn by the Grand Duchess, which seems to be Stéphanie's go-to-thing for state visits as of late. The star of the tiara show though: Queen Máxima, who brought the Stuart Tiara which was last worn by Queen Juliana in 1971 - talk about dusting off a jewel! 
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Cyril Moreau
While Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa are wearing the Order of the Netherlands Lion, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie are sporting the Order of Orange-Nassau. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, in turn, are wearing the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau, Luxembourg's highest honour.

On the non-visual front, the speech of the Grand Duke at tonight's gala banquet can be found here. The speech of the King is available here.

Links with more pictures to come!

P.S. We will bring you a detailed look at all the state visit fashion on Friday in the next edition of Fashion Friday.

P.P.S. Also check out our post on the day activities of this first day of the Dutch state visit to Luxembourg.

Dutch State Visit to Luxembourg, Day 1

Photo: SIP / Emmanuel Claude
And off we go... The other Nassaus arrived earlier today in Luxembourg for the long awaited three-day state visit to the Grand Duchy. It were the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess who first shook hands with and gave hugs to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands upon their arrival at Findel Airport.
Photo: SIP / Cyril Moreau
The Dutch royals than made their way to the palais-grand ducal where the official welcome by Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, including military honours, national anthems, a review of troops and a presentation of the respective delegations, took place. The royal foursome then entered the palais for some private talks, where Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie joined them once again.

Check out our Facebook page for a video of the arrivals.
Photo: SIP / Charles Caratini
After private talks at the palais, the Dutch guests paid a visit to the Monument National de la Solidarité Luxembourgeoise on the Kanounenhiwwel to lay wreaths and pay their respects in the presence of the Prime Minister and Minister of State, Xavier Bettel, and the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Alain Duschène. At the monument the King and Queen also met the flag bearers, members of the Committee for the Remembrance of the Second World War as well as representatives of patriotic associations.
Photo: SIP / Cyril Moreau
Back at the palais, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima joined Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie for a private luncheon. The Dutch head of state and his wife then met with the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mars Di Bartolomeo, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.
Photo: Chris Karaba / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Together the Dutch guests and their Luxembourgish hosts then paid a visit to the Hôtel de Ville for an academic session in the presence of Luxembourg mayor Lydie Polfer and the council and municipal council. The afternoon programme was rounded off by a stroll to the Corniche, a.k.a. "the most beautiful balcony of Europe", to enjoy a stunning view over the Alzette valley

And about now preparations for the best part of any state visit (at least for shallow me) probably are in full swing: the state banquet. Let's keep our fingers crossed that there will be some major tiaras. (Still sulky about that state visit to France.) In any case, there will be an extra post about the banquet coming up once pictures are available.

In the meantime, more pictures and videos can be found at Wort, RTL #1, RTL #2, the cour, Tageblatt and probably beyond that and all over the Dutch media.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hereditary Princess Honours Volunteers

Photo: LAK.li
Already in late April, Hereditary Princess Sophie made a visit to the LAK-House St. Florin to honour the volunteers working at the four homes run by the Liechtensteinische Alters- und Krankenhilfe. The Liechtenstein Foundation for the Care of the Elderly and Sick (LAK) runs old people's homes in Vaduz, Schaan, Eschen and Triesen.

For more information, have a look at Volksblatt.

Hereditary Prince Meets Austrian Minister

Photo: IKR
Earlier this month, Juliane Bogner-Strauss, Austria's Minister for Women, Families and Youth, visited Liechtenstein to meet members of the Prinicipality's government. The Austrian politician also made a quick stop at Schloss Vaduz where she was greeted by Hereditary Prince Alois.

Hereditary Prince Meets New Ambassadors

The Hereditary Prince with Fatima D. Sidikou (Photo: IKR)
Like he does every once in a while, it was time again for Hereditary Prince Alois on Wednesday to receive new ambassadors to the Principality at Schloss Vaduz. Baba Maduga of Nigeria, Muliaman Darmansyah Hadad of Indonesia, António Manuel Ricoca Freire of Portugal, David Jalagania of Georgia as well as Fatima D. Sidikou of Niger all presented their letters of credence to Liechtenstein's regent.

New Stamps of Hereditary Prince Alois to Mark 50th Birthday

Photo: Philatelie.li
In case we got any philately-phile people out there... The Liechtenstein post is to release a new stamp of Hereditary Prince Alois this summer to mark his 50th birthday. The three stamps will be released on June 11, the birthday of the Hereditary Prince. For more information, have a look here.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Henri Receives European Heritage Heads Forum

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Luxpress / tous droits réservés
On the 17th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience a delegation from the European Heritage Heads Forum, in addition to the Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt and the Director of the Department of National Sites and Monuments, Patrick Sanavia. The European Heritage Heads Forum joins the national heritage managers from both the EU and the European Economic Area to foster an exchange of ideas for preserving historical and cultural information. The members of the organization have met annually since 2006.

Information from the Cour website.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie at Business Award Event in New York

Photo: © LACC / Russ Rowland / Cour grand-ducale
On the 15th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in New York City to attend the Luxembourg-American Business Award in association with the Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce. The Hereditary Grand Duke delivered a speech and also handed out awards: the Honorary Business Award to Miami University, for its 50-year presence in Luxembourg, and the Business Award to Amazon.

The Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce was established in 1991 to foster economic and investment opportunities between the countries, with the Luxembourg-American Business Award created to recognize American companies who have made a positive impact in Luxembourg.

Information and more photos from the Cour website.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Stéphanie Attends Stroke Awareness Conference

Photo: © Blëtz asbl / David Lucius / Cour grand-ducale
Also on the 13th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended a conference focusing on Occupational Therapy for Strokes as part of stroke awareness and Journée contre l’AVC (World Stroke Day), which is on October 29th. The Journée contre l’AVC is one of the Hereditary Grand Duchess's patronages.

Information and another photo from the Cour website.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Attends Degree Ceremony

Photo: © Chambre des Métiers / Florian Talon / Cour grand-ducale
On the 13th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the degree ceremony to recognize more than 200 graduates. Among these, 121 received Diplômes de la Promotion du Travail for their excellence at both the level of initial training and at the Master's level. The other 88 graduates were awarded the Diplôme de Maîtrise for mastery of a range of skills including business, technology, and pedagogy.

Also present were Claude Meisch, the Minister of National Education, Childhood and Youth, and the Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Nicolas Schmit, the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social and Solidarity Economy.

Information and more photos from the Cour website.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Slightly Belated Fashion Friday : April 21 - May 8

Well, it's been a long time! After the State Visit to France, the Lux ladies were pretty quiet but they finally got back to work which means a lot of outfits to ID! I even managed to ID two outfits of Princess Sibilla!


Back in February, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla attended a charity dinner for BIG against Cancer. Sibilla wore a bicolor pink and black gown.

Photo: Violaine le Hardÿ de Beaulieu

Photo: Lyst

On April 21, Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla visited an exhibition in Brussels. Sibilla wore a Zara white striped dress.

Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck / Belga Image / belgaimage.be

Photo: Zara

On April 26, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa hosted an audience with Hanan Al Hroub. She wore her Armani black blazer with a new red top.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés

Photo: Lyst


On April 29, Hereditary Princess Sophie wore a printed shirt dress with Salvatore Ferragamo black pumps white visiting LAK Haus St Florin.


Photo: Lak.li


Photo: Tradesy


On May 3, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended AEMPH's anniversary. Maria Teresa wore a blue coat which I think is old with a new top and new Sergio Rossi pumps.

Photo: © Charles Caratini / APEMH


Photo: Sergio Rossi

On May 6, the Grand Ducal Family attended the Closing of the Octave. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new custom made Yves Dooms outfit with the Sergio Rossi shoes she first wore during the State Visit to France and new Valentino sunglasses (found by Alina).

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli

Photo: Farfetch


Photo: Lyst
I don't have any information about Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie's outfit and the only thing I know about Princess Alexandra's outfit is that she carried a Chanel black bag.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli

Photo: Lyst
On May 7, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited an exhibition. Stéphanie wore a blue dress with a new tan Giorgio Armani bag. It is probably a few seasons old hence why I couldn't find a stock photo but you can see in the stock photo below that the handle is the same.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés

Photo: Lookovore

On May 7, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa helped celebrate the 70th anniversary of Letzebuerger Journal. Maria Teresa wore a new Armani dress with a new Armani bag and her Sergio Rossi shoes.

Photo: © Editpress / Alain Rischard



Photo: Giglio

Photo: Armani

Photo: Farfetch

On May 8, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie held a reception for mayors. Stéphanie wore an old UFO dress while Maria Teresa wore a new Escada blue satin jumpsuit.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli




Photo: Neiman Marcus
Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli

What did you think of these outfits? Don't hesitate to share your findings and your opinions! Hopefully, Fashion Friday will be back in two weeks if I have enough to make a post! 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Grand Duke Henri Attends Charlemagne Prize Ceremony

Photo: © Andreas Herrmann / Cour grand-ducale
On the 10th, Grand Duke Henri was in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) to attend the events accompanying the Prix international Charlemagne. This year's award was presented to French President Emmanuel Macron, and also in attendance were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and King Felipe of Spain.

The Prix international Charlemagne d’Aix-la-Chapelle was first given in 1950 and reflects individuals or institutions recognized for their commitment to European unity. The Grand Duke has sponsored the presentation of the prize since 2004.

Information and more photos at the Cour website.

Guillaume Attends Opening of Photography Exhibition

Photo: © Parlement Européen / Cour grand-ducale
Also on the 8th, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the opening of a photography exhibition entitled "La paix, l’Europe et la sidérurgie" ("Peace, Europe and the Steel Industry"). The artist Jacques Schneider was also present for the exhibition, which includes 28 images that blend photographic images with painting.

The exhibition opening occurred in association with "Europe Day 2018" on May 8th.

Information and more photos at the Cour website.

Henri and Maria Teresa Hold Reception for Mayors

On the 8th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, in addition to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, held a reception in the gardens of Château de Berg to honor those holding the position of mayor in the Grand Duchy.

Information from the Cour website. No photos have been released, but they'll be added if we see any.

Grand Duchess Attends Opening of Vauban School

Photo: © Gérard Borre / Cour grand-ducale
It looks like on the same day as the Lëtzebuerger Journal celebration, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended events to honor the inauguration of Ecole et du Lycée Vauban in Gasparich. Also present were Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, as well as Nathalie Loiseau, who is the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in France.

The Ecole et du Lycée Vauban reflects the merging of two schools, the École française de Luxembourg and Lycée Vauban, which occurred in 2017. The new Ecole et du Lycée Vauban is approved by the French Ministry of Education and is also part of the French educational network abroad, which includes nearly 500 schools.

More photos at the Cour website.

Grand Ducal Couple Honors Lëtzebuerger Journal

Photo: © Editpress / Alain Rischard / Cour grand-ducale
On the 7th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa helped celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Lëtzebuerger Journal. First published in April of 1948, the Lëtzebuerger Journal was published with the goal of reestablishing a mass-circulation paper, such as those that predated World War II. By the mid-2000s, it was recognized as one of the topic five newspapers in Luxembourg for circulation.

More photos from the Cour website.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Grand Ducal Family Attends Closing of Octave

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On the 6th, members of the Grand Ducal family attended traditional events for the closing of this year's Octave. In the morning, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were present for the Pontifical Mass that took place at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Luxembourg. Then in the afternoon, they were joined by Grand Duke Jean, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Princess Alexandra, Prince Louis, and Princes Gabriel and Noah for the annual closing procession.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Afterwards, the family made an appearance on the balcony following a performance by the Harmonie Municipale Luxembourg-Gasperich.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Information and a few more photos at the Cour website.

Grand Ducal Family Members Attend Institutional Dinner

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On the evening of March 4th, the Grand Ducal couple and the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple attended an institutional dinner at Château de Berg. The guest list included members of the government, as well as their spouses.

Information from the Cour website. A good selection of other photos available here.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Grand Duke Receives Slovak National Council President

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés
On the 4th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Andrej Danko, who is the President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic and currently on a visit to Luxembourg.

Information from the Cour website.