Friday, June 22, 2018

Almost National Day: Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Esch-sur-Alzette

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
Luxembourg's National Day is fast approaching. Tomorrow the Grand Duchy will celebrate the Grand Duke's official birthday and we will have a fest of our own featuring hats, tiaras and uniforms. The official festivities all over the Grand Duchy always start on the eve of National Day though - so, you know, you can let loose and use National Day for recovery (or something along those lines)...

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
The first grand ducal appearance of the National Day celebrations we got in form of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie who paid the traditional visit to Esch-sur-Alzette. The duo was welcomed in the Grand Duchy's second largest city in front of the local mayor Georges Mischo, the President of the Chamber of Deputies Mars di Bartolomeo, additional members of the Chamber of Deputies and the government as well as local politicians.

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
After the laying of a wreath of flowers at the war memorial in the Place de la Résistance, they made their way to the city centre of Esch. On the place in front of the town hall, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess watched a parade of the associations and clubs of the town. This was followed by a short reception hosted in the honour of the royal guests at the town hall and an appearance on the balcony. Afterwards, Guillaume and Stéphanie made their way to the Escher Volleksfest, a public fair celebrating National Day, where they mingled with the people and lit a fire together with young scouts.

More photos at Wort.

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