Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guillaume Attends Memorial Day Ceremony

Photo: US Embassy in Luxembourg / Chronicle.lu
On Saturday, May 23rd, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial. The event was organized jointly by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Also in attendance were Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Deputy Prime Minister (and Minister of Defense) Etienne Schneider, Commander of the Luxembourg Army Romain Mancinelli, among other dignitaries from Luxembourg and the United States.

The ceremony was also open to the public and began with an F-16 flyover followed by speeches from both Luxembourgish and American dignitaries.

Some more photos of the event (although no more of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, unfortunately) at Chronicle.lu, courtesy of the US Embassy in Luxembourg.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wedding of Caroline von Neipperg and Philippe de Limburg-Stirum

Photo: Bernard Moritz / Abaca / Atlantico Press
Yesterday, Countess Caroline of Neipperg and Count Philippe of Limburg-Stirum married in a religious ceremony in Saint-Émilion in south-western France where her family owns a wine estate. Philippe is the brother of Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum, the son-in-law of Luxembourg's Princess Marie-Astrid.
Photo: Bernard Moritz / Abaca / Atlantico Press
 A few pictures of the nuptials can be found at Atlantico Press. Eagle-eyed me spied Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen (first picture above, on the right) and Archduke Christoph and Archduchess Adelaide with their baby daughter Katarina (same picture above, on the left) in the pictures. One of the bridal children was Count Léopold of Limburg-Stirum, son of aforementioned Count Rodolphe and Archduchess Marie-Christine. I believe that it is also Marie-Christine from behind in the second picture considering she is holding Léopold's hand.

I expect there to have been more members of the Luxo-Liechtenstein family in attendance but sadly there aren't very many pictures of the guests. Stay tuned, we will let you know if anything else pops up.

Henri Attends an Academic Session for SNL

Photo: Jim Meisch / Cour grand-ducale
Not the American late-night comedy program, of course.

Rather, the Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois (abbreviated as SNL), which was founded in 1890 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. On Thursday, Grand Duke Henri attended an academic session at Abbaye de Neimënster to honor the society's focus on cultivating the study of natural sciences and encouraging the sustainability of natural heritage.

Grand Duke Henri was accompanied by Camille Gira, the Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure.

After the academic session, the Grand Duke visited the Musée national d'histoire naturelle Luxembourg for a reception and received the honorary book published on the occasion of the society's 125th anniversary.

A little more information, and another photo, at the Cour website.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grand Duke Henri Supports the Protection of Water Resources

Photo: Charles Reisner / Cour grand-ducale
On Wednesday, Grand Duke Henri attended a selection of workshops focused on the protection of water resources in Luxembourg. Each presentation demonstrated the different methods that farmers and others in the agricultural industry are using to make the most of current water resources and reduce pollution. At the end of the visit, Grand Duke Henri toured a farm. 

Also in attendance was Fernand Etgen, the Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection in Luxembourg. The workshop presentations included members of the Chamber of Agriculture, the Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre (Naturpark Uewersauer), the Syndicat des Eaux du Barrage d'Esch-sur-Sûre (SEBES), and the Administration des services techniques de l'agriculture (ASTA). Additionally, students from the Lycée Technique Agricole in Ettelbruck explained how water resources protection is currently a part of their educational program.

Some more photos at the Cour website and at Tageblatt.

Grand Duke Welcomes Nepal Helpers

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
On Tuesday, Grand Duke Henri received in audience members of the humanitarian intervention group of the Protection civile who responsible for bringing much needed emergency equipment to Nepal and teaching how to use them on site (some of them). The group was accompanied by the Minister for the Interior, Dan Kersch.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Henri Visits an Exhibition About the Holocaust

Photo: Mark Schmit / Cour grand-ducale
Grand Duke Henri was at Villa Pauly today to visit the exhibition "Between Shade and Darkness," which focuses on the Nazi oppression of the Jewish community in Luxembourg.

Villa Pauly, built in 1923 by Dr. Norbert Pauly, was the Gestapo headquarters in Luxembourg between 1940 and 1944, and the cellar of the building is particularly notorious as the site of interrogation and torture. Today, the house is the seat of the Comité directeur pour le Souvenir de la Résistance.

A few more photos at the Cour website.

Alois and Sophie Greet the Minister-President of Saxony

Photo: KERO Risch / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
At Vaduz Castle, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie met with Stanislaw Tillich, the Minister-President of Saxony, who is visiting Liechtenstein from May 18th to May 20th. Minister-President Tillich also visited the University of Liechtenstein for joint talks on the relationship between education and business in both Liechtenstein and Saxony.

Alois and Sophie conducted an official visit to Saxony in May of last year: Day 1 and Day 2.

More information about the Minister-President's visit here and here.

Members of the Princely Family Attend Museum Opening

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
At least three members of the Princely Family attended the opening of the Weisser Würfel in Vaduz last night. Built by the Hilti Art Foundation and the jewellery store Huber, the museum will house art exhibitions and also show watches and jewels. The 'white cube' is located opposite the 'black cuboid' which houses the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein art museum. Among the 130 guests for the opening were also Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie (wearing Diane von Furstenberg) as well as Prince Philipp. 

Galleries of visuals can be found at Volksblatt and Vaterland.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Companies in Contern

Photo: Eric di Millo
This morning, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Contern to visit Chaux de Contern, which manufactures precast concrete, among other products. This visit is part of the ongoing series of visits organized by FEDIL, which aims to introduce the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple to learn more about member companies and explore what each company contributes to Luxembourg.

The visit included a meeting with an archeologist from Luxembourg's Centre National de Recherche Archéologique, because the remains of a Roman-era cellar were discovered on the site of Chaux de Contern's plant.

Additionally, Guillaume and Stéphanie visited e-Kenz in Contern, which identifies itself as an "IT consulting agency and hosting provider." The company specializes in cloud hosting, among other areas.

Fingers crossed for some photos. They'll be added if they're made available. There you go. How handy of Stéphanie to coordinate her jacket with the hard hat.

Grand Duke Henri Visits Pont Adolphe

Source: Guy Jallay / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
Today, Grand Duke Henri visited the ongoing rehabilitation site for Luxembourg's famed Pont Adolphe, or Adolphe Bridge (and also called the "New Bridge" to separate it from the Passerelle, which is the "Old Bridge"). The Pont Adolphe, originally constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, is currently undergoing improvements that are also part of the bigger LuxTram project. The bridge rehabilitation is expected to be completed in 2017.

Grand Duke Henri accompanied François Bausch, the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, for this event, which included a presentation.

Some more photos, with a few more details about the bridge and the updates being made to it, available at Wort.