Friday, December 28, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Christmas and Beyond

December 22 to 28, 2018

'Tis the season and Team Luxarazzi hopes that you spent a wonderful couple of days with your loved ones. Naturally, there hasn't been much going on royal-wise over the last week, so lucky for you, we missed a few things in our last Weekly Roundup so there's something for this week to share.
Photo: Tatjana Schalzger / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
In the spirit of Christmas, the International Peace Light arrived at Schloss Vaduz in Liechtenstein on December 19. Now in its 32nd year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Company (ORF) and was part of a large charitable relief mission for children in need in Austria and abroad called Light into Darkness. Since then it has greatly expanded and the light is now travelling from Bethlehem, where it is lit by an Austrian child in the Natavity Grotto, to more than 30 countries each year. Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were on hand to receive the light. More pictures...
Photo: Klaus Schädler / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Already on December 8, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were in attendance for the 250th anniversary of the parish of Triesenberg. After a mass at the local parish church, a reception was held in the municipality. More pictures...
Photo: Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /
Prior to Christmas, Hereditary Prince Sophie also made her traditional advent visits to the different retirement homes and the hospital of Liechtenstein. She was on tour for several days, pictures of one of the visits here.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Grand Duke Henri gave his traditional Christmas speech broadcasted on December 24. You can view the speech here and read the full speech here.

In an interview with Radio Liechtenstein, Hereditary Prince Alois talked about the country's upcoming 300th anniversary celebrations, among others. The full interview is available here.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Weekly Roundup: Two Baptisms of sorts and credentials.

This week it is double weekly roundup! I apologize for missing last week's roundup post. I just bought a new house, and the process was very time consuming (and stressful).

On December 12, the Grand Duke started off the week by receiving the credentials of the new ambassadors of Switzerland, Iceland, Kazakhstan, and Estonia.

Cour Grand-Ducale
The same day the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess sent a telegram of condolence and solidarity to President Macron after the tragic attack in nearby Strasbourg.

The Grand Duke stayed busy the next day by receiving the members of the new Chambre des Deputes.

Cour grand-ducale/Claude Piscitelli
Later the same evening the Grand Duke and Princess Alexandra attended the Christmas Gala of the SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde. The gala included a performance by the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, which is under the patronage of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. Princess Alexandra had the honour of baptizing a new E Flat bell that belongs to the orchestra. 

Cour grand-ducale/Marion Dessard

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess wrapped up the week by awarding prizes at the end of the biennial De Main De Maîtres.

Cour grand-ducale/Claude Piscitelli
In other family news, Archduchess Juliana of Austria was christened. The young archduchess is the third daughter for Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen. The baptism took place in Combloux, Haute-Savoie, Switzerland. The godparents are Archduchess Marie-Christine and Fr. Will Conquer. Photos of the event and a lengthy interview with Archduchess Kathleen appear in the recent Pointe de Vue. 

Anne du Castel
In Liechtenstein news, to help celebrate 300 years of of the Liechtenstein a chocolatier from the principality has created an anniversary tin with treats inside. Prince Hans-Adam received the first box from representatives of Hoi-Laden Vaduz. The bronze box features all 12 of Liechtenstein's reigning princes. It was also noted that next year more about the history of the family and the reigning princes will be made available online at the website of the princely family.

Tatjana Schnalgzer
Prince Constantin was named to the Austrian Council for Sustainable Development. The goal is to help strive and aid in the implementation of UN agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The council was formed during the summer and is already working toward their goal. 

Everyone here at Luxarazzi would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that the new year brings you many blessings.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Fashion Focus: October 23rd-December 7th

On October 29th and 30th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was on a humanitarian mission to Lebanon. On the first day, she wore her teal Paule Ka dress with a matching Bottega Veneta clutch.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue / tous droits réservés

Photo: Paule Ka

Photo: Tradesy
She also chose a Bottega Veneta clutch later that day with an old jacket.
Photo:© Cour grand-ducale / Paul Schirnhofer / tous droits réservés

Photo: Bottega Veneta

On the second day, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa debuted a new Giorgio Armani jacket.
Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue / tous droits réservés

Photo: Vogue Runway

On November 11th, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in Paris and in Luxembourg. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a white wool coat from Lanvin.
Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Lanvin

On November 28th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was in The Netherlands to attend the forum "From Words to Action: repairing the wounds of wartime sexual violence". She wore a new Etro coat (with thanks to VK).

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Harrods
While visiting the Mains de Maitres exhibition with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume on November 28th, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore an old jacket with a Miu Miu blue bag. I can't find a stock photo of the bag but the Miu Miu logo is visible in the photos. The couple was joined by several members including Princess Sibilla who wore a burgundy dress from COS.

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Charles Caratini

Photo: Poshmark

On December 5th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the Prix du Mérite du Bénévolat 2018. She wore the Etro paisley frill blouse that she debuted last October.

Photo: ©Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue

Photo: Harrods
And finally, a wonderful find by @PolkaPoppins on Twitter, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore this dress from Miss June (a French brand) while having dinner with Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron at Cabasson this summer!

Photo: ©Cyril Moreau / Dominique Jacovides / Bestimage

Photo: Miss June

What do you think about these outfits? I don't think I'll have enough material to do another post before the end of the year (unless these ladies decide to surprise us with plenty of events) so I wish you all a Merry Christmas in advance!

Weekly Roundup: Climate Change, a New Government, and More

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Samuel Kirszenbaum
On November 30th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the 15th Entretiens de Royaumont, joining around 1200 other participants as well as more than 40 speakers who discussed this year's theme "To Be a Woman." The Grand Duchess spoke on the topic of "Being a Woman, and Victim" along with Isabelle Thery, Vice-President of the Melun High Court, and Dr. Nagham Hasan, who works with the Yazidi.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale /
On December 3rd, Grand Duke Henri attended the opening events for COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Katowice, Poland. He joined representatives from 190 countries to discuss the importance of "changing together" in the effort to fight global climate change.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
And closely connected to his commitment to combating climate change, the Grand Duke also attended events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ecological Movement on December 5th.

Photo: Vaterland /
In Liechtenstein news, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were in Seoul, South Korea to see the pieces from the Princely Collection that are on exhibit at the National Palace Museum. The exhibit is entitled "The Liechtenstein Stone - 900 Years of a Reigning Family in the Heart of Europe" and will be on display until February of next year. The couple also took time during the visit to meet with Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon and Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Taeho.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
On December 5th, Grand Duke Henri received in audience six outgoing members of government. For these audiences, he also bestowed on the individuals the Ordre de Mérite civil et militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
And later that day, the Grand Duke also swore in the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and new members of government. Following the swearing-in, the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess welcomed the members of government at a reception.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Sophie Margue
Also on the 5th, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a celebration for 2018's International Volunteer Day, at which she presented the Prix du Mérite du Bénévolat 2018 to Francine Muller-Malherbe.

Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Claude Piscitelli
On December 7th, the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess hosted a reception to honor the participants of humanitarian and peace-keeping missions, in connection with the Luxembourg Army and the Grand Ducal Police.

And to wrap up Liechtenstein news, on December 7th, Hereditary Prince Alois spoke about the UN Migration Pact, expressing concerns about some of its features.

Other news worth mentioning is the recent information about the ruling that came of London regarding Prince Louis's divorce from Princess Tessy, as well as the Prince's positive comments about his estranged wife. No official statement has been made by the Cour yet, so we'll post further if and when one is released.