Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sparkle in Luxembourg: National Day Gala

Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
While yours truly died a thousand deaths watching a certain World Cup game, the Grand Ducal Family brought their A-game for the National Day gala at the palais grand-ducal - I do hope they had a TV hidden somewhere for the German and Swedish ambassadors - hosting the members of government, the bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, the Council of State, representatives of the judiciary, heads of the administration and foreign ambassadors for a reception featuring tiaras, gowns, dashing gentlemen and, for the first time since 2015, orders for the ladies. (Last time this happened, we later got official portraits so keep your fingers crossed!)
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa shined in Elie Saab and the Belgian Scroll Tiara, Princess Ingeborg's Pearl and Diamond Brooch and pearl earrings. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie sported the Turquoise Tiara and while it isn't a particular favourite of mine, I'm glad she got out the large turquoise necklace to accompany it. Princess Claire accessorised her Alexander McQueen gown with the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara and Princess Alexandra wore what I believe the Aquamarine Bandeau Tiara with an Elie Saab gown. All the members of the Grand Ducal Family wore the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau except for Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Princess Claire who have Luxembourg's second hightest order, the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau.

More pictures of the night at the cour with more close-ups hopefully becoming available tomorrow.

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