Saturday, June 23, 2018

A New Face at the Military Parade

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Those who have followed the Grand Ducal Family for many years will probably know that the Military Parade usually meant a quick break for most members of the family in a National Day jam-packed with various events. The Parade, which includes participants of the army, police and civilian forces as well as - my personal favourite - rescue dogs, is usually attended by the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess as well as Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess. There was a new face for the Military Parade this year though: Prince Sébastien.
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The youngest son of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess graduated the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst last year and subsequently joined the Luxembourgish army as a Lieutenant, as the first of the Grand Duke's children apart from the Hereditary Grand Duke. As a member of the armed forces, he joined his parents, oldest brother and sister-in-law for the Parade in the Avenue de la Liberté - and we will likely see him again in the years to come. Prince Sébastien arrived together with Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and did not participate in the review of the troops by the Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duke. 
Photo: Screenshot RTL
This was, however, not the first Military Parade for Prince Sébastien and some of his siblings have also attended when they were children or young adults. Sometime in the early-2000's it became common practise though that only Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa as well as Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume were present for the event. Since 2013, the Military Parade has naturally also been attended by Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie.

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