Friday, June 22, 2018

Grand Ducal Couple Visits Larochette

Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort /
While Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie kicked off the National Day celebrations with a visit to Esch-sur-Alzette, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa started their National Day shenanigans with a visit to Larochette. Named Fiels in Luxembourgish and Fels in German, Larochette is a small town in central Luxembourg, in the canton of Mersch. The grand ducal couple was greeted by local mayor Natalie Silva and Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as well as a variety of other local dignitaries.
Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort /
After being introduced to other local authorities, first up on the Grand Duke's and Grand Duchess' agenda in Larochette was a visit to the "Elise de Roebe" Day Centre of the Stëftung Hëllef Doheem (Help at Home Foundation). This was followed by a tour of the old town including a meeting with young people at the Maison des Jeunes, dedicated to the integration of the non-Luxembourg population, and a visit to the Museum of Textiles, which is located in an annex of the old Jhangeli train station, a former narrow-gauge railway connecting various towns in the Grand Duchy.
Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort /
After a speech of Mayor Silva at the Place Bleech, the Grand Duke awarded six honorific distinctions to deserving Luxembourgers. The event was framed by different musical pieces. The Larochette visit was rounded of by a public fair including a folk dance presentation that gave Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa to chance to mingle and exchange words with the local population. They also made sure to sign the golden book before the left the city.

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