Wednesday, August 15, 2018

National Day Celebrations Continued (Plus Photos and Videos)

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
While the rest of the (Catholic) world observed the Feast of Assumption of the Virgin Mary today, the Principality of Liechtenstein celebrated their National Day. After the state ceremony and reception this morning, the traditional fair was held in the afternoon and evening in Vaduz with members of the Princely Family in attendance. At least Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie mingled with the people with the Hereditary Prince also giving an interview. The usual fireworks were cancelled this year in favour of a new laser show with projections onto Schloss Vaduz due to the current weather conditions.
Photos: Tatjana Schnalzger / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
In not totally unrelated news (as we only see them about once a year): Prince Nikolaus is looking all grown up, allowed to drink beer and now officially taller than big bro Prince Wenzel. Time flies (and yes, I do sound like my own grandma)!
Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Also spotted in Vaduz today: An almost Habsburg. Severin Meister, son of Archduchess Gabriela of Austria and grandson of Otto von Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, chatted to Hereditary Princess Sophie.
Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.l
Plentiful galleries of pictures of this morning are available at both Vaterland and Volksblatt. Volksblatt also has a lengthy video interview with Prince Hans-Adam II. 1 FL TV has a video of Hereditary Prince Alois' full speech during the state ceremony as well as a news broadcast including interviews with Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois. More videos (and probably pictures) to come in the coming days. Photos of the fair - though very little of the royals - meanwhile are available at Vaterland.

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