Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hereditary Prince Alois Receiving Ambassadors

Today, Hereditary Prince Alois received four ambassadors in Vaduz, for the presentation of credentials. The received ambassadors were as follows: Elschekova Matisova from the Slovak Republic, Gholamali Khoshroo from the Republic of Iran, Per Poulsen-Hansen from Kingdom of Denmark, and Magnus Hartog-Holm from Kingdom of Sweden.

No official photos have been released yet. Check back for them, in case they’re made available.

Movie Premiere: Jean, Grand-Duc vu Lëtzebuerg

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort /
A few gentlemen of the Grand Ducal Family made the movie premiere of the documentary Jean, Grand-Duc vu Lëtzebuerg a boys' night out: Grand Duke Henri and his oldest son, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, as well as Prince Guillaume and his oldest son, Prince Paul-Louis, watched the documentary about their father and grandfather's life and work at the Ciné Starlight in Dudelange. For some reason this article by Wort claims that Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were also in attendance but as they are not pictured at all, I have my doubts.

The documentary about Grand Duke Jean will also be shown on TV on November 2 by RTL; the first part starts at 6:30pm and the second at 8:15pm. Of course we will post links if and when they become available. RTL offers a look behind the scenes of the documentary in this video.

More pictures of the movie premiere as well as lots of lovely pictures from the documentary itself can be found at Wort.

Prince Nikolaus Opens the Islamic Finance Conference

On Tuesday, Prince Nikolaus delivered the welcome address at the Liechtenstein Islamic Finance Conference. The title of the all-day conference was “Islamic Finance and Sustainability: A new Business Model for Financial Centres?” The overall focus was to explore how traditional Islamic banking and finance can benefit Liechtenstein, and vice versa. The larger goal was to consider how to make current banking in Liechtenstein compliant with Islamic traditions, in order to create an environment conducive to new banking opportunities.

Besides Prince Nikolaus, other speakers included experts in Sharia-compliant financial intermediation from universities and financial organizations.

No photos of the event have been released, but they will be added if any are.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Princely Commerce Councillor

Photo: Elma Korac / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Liechtenstein has a new Princely Commerce Councillor: Yesterday the Prince Hans-Adam II and his oldest son, Hereditary Prince Alois, jointly awarded the title to Günther Wohlwend, founder of the LIHGA, a bi-yearly industry, trade and commerce exhibition fair held in the Principality. In Liechtenstein, title conferrals to persons, who in a special manner have distinguished themselves in furthering the well-being of the country or the Princely House, regularly take place. Other possible titles include Princely Councillor, Princely Court Councillor, Princely Justice Councillor, Princely Education Councillor and Princely Spiritual Councillor.

1 FL TV has a video of the event.

Grand Duke Henri in Belgium for World War I Commemoration

Photo: Luxemburger Wort / / REUTERS
Today, Grand Duke Henri was in Belgium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Ypres during World War I. The Grand Duke began the day in Brussels at the Musée Royal de l'Armée, which has hosted the exhibit 14-18, c’est notre Histoire since February of 2014.

Then at 3:00, Grand Duke Henri attended a ceremony at the King Albert I Monument in Nieuwpoort. Also present were King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, as well as Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. The event began with a speech from King Philippe and continued with testimonials from the war, a short film, a wreath-laying ceremony, and a moment of silence.

At 5:30, the participants attended another event at Ypres, during which the Prime Minister of Belgium spoke. This ceremony also included wartime testimonies and a commemorative wreath-laying. More details about the 100th anniversary event can be found at

More photos can be found at Wort, Getty Images and Belga Image.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"A Great Night in Harlem" Concert

On Friday night, Princess Julie of Nassau, the lovely wife of the Grand Duke's cousin Prince Robert of Luxembourg, was among the guests of the 13th annual "A Great Night In Harlem" gala concert at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. "A Great Night in Harlem" is a benefit concert organised by the Jazz Foundation of America to raise money for the Jazz Foundation's Musician Emergency Fund, which helps countless elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis across the country.

During the event, Princess Julie gave a speech about her experience of being a part of the Jazz Foundation.  She described the impact that this foundation has made on people’s lives and her being a major contributor to this foundation. The American-born wife of Prince Robert praised the efforts of all the workers and how dedicated they are to this great cause.

More pictures of the gala concert can be found at

Sources: Jazz Foundation, SOG

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Principalities Gotta Stick Together

Photo: IKR
Monaco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Badia, was on an official visit to Liechtenstein yesterday and the day before yesterday. Apart from a meeting with his Liechtenstein counterpart, Aurelia Frick, to talk the European integration of both countries, he was also received by Hereditary Prince Alois for an audience. More at Volksblatt.

Grand Duke Attends Lectures (and Says Farewell)

Post Luxembourg
On Thursday, the Grand Duke attended a lecture to mark the 100th anniversary of the Lycee Technique Prive Emilie Metz. (Pictures here.) When the school opened on November 4, 1914 it was the first time that young students could receive an education that went beyond general academics. The school incorporated general education with technical training required for specific careers. The school has maintained an excellent reputation and continues to evolve. Last year the Post Luxembourg issued a stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the school.

On Friday, the Grand Duke attended another lecture. This lecture marked the 20th anniversary of the Syndicat Intercommunal de Dépollution des Eaux Résiduaires du Nord. Pictures of it can be found at Lëtzebuerger Journal as well.

Also on Thursday, Grand Duke Henri bid farewell to the outgoing ambassadors of Cuba and Cape Verde during audiences at the palais.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Birthday boy Prince Nikolaus, who turned 67 today, celebrated his big day today with a celebration for his family's ancestral home country, Austria. Austrians celebrate their country's declaration of permanent neutrality after World War II and its regained status as an independent and sovereign nation - so basically its birthday as well - on October 26, 1955, on exactly that day every year. Two days in advance the Austrian ambassador to Liechtenstein, Maria Rotheiser-Scotti, and the Austrian honorary consul in Liechtenstein, Rita Kieber-Beck, hosted a reception in Vaduz to celebrate the Liechtenstein-Austrian friendship.

Galleries of visuals of the event are located at Volksblatt and Vaterland.

RTL to Air Documentary about Grand Duke Jean

Photo: RTL
RTL will air a two hour long biographical documentary about the life and work of Grand Duke Jean on November 2. The documentary will include a visit to Luxembourg's former head of state's home, the Château de Fischbach, as well as interviews by Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. It will be shown to mark the 50th anniversary of Grand Duke Jean coming to the throne in 1964 upon his mother's abdication.

The documentary by Jacques van Luik and Misch Bervand aims to show the more personal side of the former Grand Duke, who most Luxembourgers only know from television or the newspaper. While research was a little difficult in the beginning as Grand Duke Jean has always been a notoriously low-key and discrete person and the same goes for the people around him, walls broke down when he personally invited the film crew to his home. In addition to hundreds of hours of research in the RTL archives, the filmmakers were also given access to the private archives of the Grand Ducal Family.

In addition, a book by Stéphane Bern about Grand Duke Jean will be published in November as well.

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to both the documentary - check out the preview on RTL's website - as well as the book. This seems to be the year of documentaries and I'm loving it! The documentary about Grand Duke Jean will be shown on November 2; the first part at 6:30pm and the second at 8:15pm.