Saturday, June 23, 2018

Luxembourg Marks National Day With Official Ceremony and Military Parade

All photos: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
Haut ass Nationalfeierdag - today is National Day in case your Luxembourgish isn't up to scratch. This morning, the festivities of the Grand Duke's official birthday kicked off with the not-so-new anymore official ceremony. First introduced in 2013, the secular ceremony took place at the Salle de concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte of the Philharmonie Luxembourg this year. The Grand Ducal Family was out in quite a force to mark the occasion.
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, Prince Félix and Princess Claire, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien all joined the government, deputies and representatives of the municipal council of the City of Luxembourg, the Council of State, the judiciary and the diplomatic corps for the main event of National Day.
As part of the ceremony, the Grand Duke, President of Parliament Mars Di Bartolomeo and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel gave speeches and presented honorary awards to deserving Luxembourgers. The music was provided by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Choir and the Pueri Cantores of the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg as well as the choir of the Luxembourg European Choral Institute. After the end of the official ceremony, 21 canon salutes were fired from the Fetschenhof to honour the Grand Duke.
As of the publication of this post, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess as well as the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess should be making their way to the Avenue de la Liberté for the military parade. Both Henri and Guillaume will have changed into their uniforms for the occasion. The military parade traditionally also includes representatives of the police as well as aid, emergency and security services.

More photos from the Official Ceremony at Wort.

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