Friday, April 24, 2015

Grand Duke Welcomes Ambassadors

Hereditary Prince wasn't the only one who met ambassadors this week: Grand Duke Henri welcomed five new ambassadors to Luxembourg on Thursday. Omar Abdi Said of Djibouti, Ali Saïd Faqi of Somalia, Jorge Jurado of Ecuador, Kakadjan Mommadov of Turkmenistan, and Raymond Azzopardi of Malta all presented their letters of credence to the Grand Duke during audiences at the palais grand-ducal.

Hereditary Prince Back at Work

Photo: IKR
Long time no see: After quite a longish Easter break Hereditary Prince Alois seems to be back at work. Today, Liechtenstein's regent received the ambassadors of the Latin American and Caribbean states accredited to the Principality for an audience and exchange of ideas at Schloss Vaduz. The guests from Latin America and the Caribbean also met with the Deputy Prime Minister and visited the Hilti AG company in Schaan. Pictures and more information at Volksblatt.

Stéphanie to Join Trade Mission

According to press reports, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie is to join her husband on his upcoming economic mission to Tunisia and Morocco. The Hereditary Grand Duke will head an economic mission, also accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, later this month. The trade delegation will visit Morocco from April 27 to 28, and then head to Tunisia for two days. Naturally we will cover all of Guillaume and Stéphanie's Moroccan and Tunisian adventures right here at Luxarazzi.

Henri and Maria Teresa Receive the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs

Source: Marc Schmit / Cour grand-ducale
On Thursday, at the Palais Grand-Ducal, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa received in audience Bruno Rodrìguez Parrilla, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Cuba. His Excellency is currently on a working visit to Luxembourg. As you probably know, the Grand Duchess was born in Cuba.

A little more about Bruno Rodrìguez Parrilla's visit at Wort.

No photos of the audience yet, but they'll be added if they're made available. Photo now available from the Cour website.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple Attends the Innovation Camp Awards

Photo: Marc Schmit / Jonk Entrepreneuren / Cour grand-ducale
On Wednesday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Kirchberg to attend the awards ceremony for the 8th Innovation Camp. The camp is organized by Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg, of which Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume became a patron in April of 2013. After the ceremony, the couple visited with students to discuss their projects. This year's event crossed borders and included participants from Wallonia and Lorraine.

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were accompanied by Marc Hansen, the Secretary of State of Education, Children and Youth. The event aims to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in young people and encourage innovation.

So far, no photos of the event, but they'll be added if they're made available.

Posted too soon. Photos available from the Cour website.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grand Duke Henri Attends a String Quartet Concert in Eschweiler

Source: Photoclub Wooltz / Cour grand-ducale
On Saturday, Grand Duke Henri attended a concert for De klenge Maarnicher Festival. The event, featuring "Quatuor Stradivari," was held at the church in Eschweiler and included string quartet selections from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

No photos from the concert just yet. They'll be added if they're made available. Photos now available, from the Cour website.

Grand Duke Henri also took time in Eschweiler to pay a visit to Luxembourgish author Lambert Schlechter whose home and extensive library of several thousand books were seriously damaged in a fire on Friday night.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Grand Duke Visits Eschweiler House Damaged by Fire

The roof and other parts of an old house in the town of Eschweiler were destroyed on Friday night by a fire. The house, which is owned by Luxembourgish author Lambert Schlechter, also housed a private library of thousands of books, many of which were destroyed or at least heavily damaged by the fire. Last night, Grand Duke Henri, who was in Eschweiler for a concert - more on that in a post later on -, paid a spontaneous visit to Schlechter to have a personal look at the damage on site, express his regrets about what has happened and thank the local firemen. More pictures at Tageblatt.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prince Philipp Opens Exhibition

Photo: National Palace Museum
Since yesterday until August 31, the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, is showing an exhibition entitled "Crown of the Alps: Masterworks from the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein". Unsurprisingly whenever it comes to exhibition openings featuring masterworks from the Princely Collections, Prince Philipp was on hand for the opening last night. The exhibition includes 118 selected pieces of paintings, antique books, medals and firearm owned by the Liechtenstein family. More information on the website of the National Palace Museum.

Grand Duke Henri Remains in Denmark for Birthday Celebrations

Grand Duke Henri remained in Denmark through the 16th to join the 75th birthday celebrations for Queen Margrethe. No word on why Grand Duchess Maria Teresa did not accompany him, but he was joined by other royals, as shown in the photo above.

Grand Duke Henri was also in Denmark on the 15th for Queen Margrethe's gala birthday dinner.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grand Duke Goes Solo for Queen Margrethe's Birthday Dinner

Grand Duke Henri surprisingly went solo for the gala dinner hosted earlier this evening at Christiansborg Palace in honour of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's upcoming 75th birthday. The Danish and Luxembourgish monarchy actually share their birthday and while the Queen turns 75 tomorrow, April 16 that is, the Grand Duke celebrates his 60th birthday. (And because those aren't enough royals to share a birthday, it's also Prince Sébastien 23rd.)

But back on topic: While Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was also scheduled to attend the gala dinner in Copenhafen earlier this evening, she did not do so for an undisclosed reason. No idea if she actually travelled to Denmark, like she was supposed to, or whether she stayed home in Luxembourg for some reason. A bit anticlimactic shallow me, who was looking forward to the first grand ducal tiara sighting in what seems like ages, has to add. Nevertheless, the Grand Duke looked his dashing self.

More pictures of him, the birthday girl and all the other royals at Royals by Robin, for example. Fashion and jewellery run-downs, albeit lacking a Luxembourgish contribution, at Order of Splendor as another example. (Yes, I'm lazy this evening so these example will need to do; wishing everyone in the same timezone as me a good night!)