Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Félix Somewhere with Lelio Orsini d'Aragona

Oddest post title ever? Yes, and it's not going to get any better. Prince Félix was somewhere together with his friend Prince Lelio Orsini d'Aragona - who you might recall from either Guillaume's or Félix's wedding, or the time he and Félix discovered Georgia, the country - and the two of them were photographed with Archbishop Zenon, the Archbishop of Dmanisi and Agarak-Tashiri and the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate of Great Britain and Ireland. As he also posted pictures with the President of Ireland and Prince Michael of Kent on the same day, November 18, I guess it happened somewhere in Western Europe but who knows. And that's about all we know and can guess.

Luxarazzi 101: Paule Ka

We have looked at Elie Saab and Diane von Furstenberg - two of the favourite designers of the Grand Ducal and Princely Families - in the past and today it's time to have a closer look at someone who is quickly becoming a favourite with one particular family member (the Hereditary Grand Duchess): Paule Ka. Or rather the man behind the brand, Serge Cajfinger.
Born in the French town of Lille, Cajfinger spent his childhood in Brazil and returned to France as a young teenager. At the age of 15, he worked as a window decorator for Yves Saint Laurent and soon saw a career in fashion for himself. Only four years later, he opened his first fashion store together with his mother and aunt with the shop taking its name from his aunt, Paule. The multi-brand store was stocked with clothes by labels such as Mugler, Kenzo and Montana.
Cajfinger later left Lille for Paris and, in 1987, set up his first store with his own clothes: PAULE KA, which was located in the heart of the Marais district. While the 'Paule' is an hommage to his aforementioned aunt, Serge Cajfinger took the 'Ka' part of his brand's name from his own last name. The brand's style is considered geometric and sober as well as sophisticaed and urban at the same time. And Cajfinger's first design? A classic black dress. The man behind the brand takes his inspiration from 50’s and 60’s style icons including Jackie Onassis Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco and especially Audrey Hepburn. 
These days the designs by Paule Ka can be bought and spotted around the world. One particular fan as of late? The Hereditary Grand Duchess and I'm all for it, the classic designs suit her very well and they include some of my favourites she's ever worn! (Remark #1: Hello there, yellow national day dress! Remark #2: Not counting Elie Saab here obviously.) Another grand ducal lady who has worn the designs in the past: Princess Claire for her daughter's baptism.

Alois Receives Participants in Moneyval Training Seminar

Photo: ZVG / Volksblatt.li
Yesterday, Hereditary Prince Alois received attendees at a training seminar for the Moneyval Council (officially, the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism), which is part of the Council of Europe.

Currently, the Moneyval Council is holding a training seminar in Triesen. The event is focused on teaching participants about combating money laundering, especially as it relates to financing for terrorists. This particular training is considered an essential arm of larger counter-terrorism measures throughout Europe and beyond, and attendees at the seminar come from 23 different countries. Moneyval's Executive Secretary Matthias Kloth (standing four people to Alois's left in the photo above) was at the Vaduz Castle reception on Monday, along with other seminar members.

The Moneyval seminar runs from the 23rd to the 27th of November. A little more information about the seminar, as well as meeting with Hereditary Prince Alois, at Volksblatt.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Princely Couple Celebrates Liechtenstein Traditional Dress

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland / Vaterland.li
On Sunday, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie were on hand to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Liechtenstein's association for traditional costumes. The tradition of wearing what today is known as the traditional dresses in Liechtenstein can be traced back to around the year 1700. The Trachtenverein association was founded by Adulf Peter Goop, who you might recall from the Principality's Fabergé egg, and fellow enthusiasts in 1965 as an umbrella organisation for 18 smaller association of traditional dress loving Liechtensteiners.

More pictures at Volksblatt and Vaterland.

Hereditary Grand Duke Opens Conference

Earlier today, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, or the Crown Prince of Luxembourg as he is mostly known officially in English, attended the first day of the "Manufacture 2015". Funded by the European Commission, the conference aims to address topics of strategic importance for future challenges of the manufacturing industry and develop recommendations for national and European policy makers. The Hereditary Grand Duke both gave the keynote address and also handed out an the "Genial Competition: Factories of the Future" awards.

Maria Teresa and Sibilla Attend Steichen Award

Photo: CNA
On Friday night, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the award ceremony of this year's Edward Steichen Award, which went to Belgian photographer Max Pinckers. Jeff Weber was given the award as the best Luxembourgish artists. As a reward, both of them get to stay in New York City for a few months. The Grand Duchess was accompanied by Minister Maggy Nagel.

FYI, Steichen was a Luxembourgish-born American artist and the award named in his honour, which is supposed to create a cross-cultural, artistic and educational bridge between Luxembourg and New York, is under the high patronage of the Grand Duchess. The award competition is open to contemporary visual and fine artists between the ages of 25 and 35, winners get to stay in New York City up to six months to expand their work while being sponsored by art institutes not only in Luxembourg, but also the regions surrounding the Grand Duchy.

Edited to add, thanks to Avery: Princess Sibilla was also there - nice to see her out and about! Visual prove at Tageblatt, who have a new design and I'm not quite sure whether I'm into it. #creatureofhabit

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Grand Duke Meets Deputies

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
The Grand Duke received on Friday the members of the bureau of the Chambre des Députés, Luxembourg's parliament, on the occasion of the new term of parliament. And so Grand Duke Henri shook hands and took a picture with the President of the Chamber Mars Di Bartolomeo, its Vice-President Henri Kox, the members Alex Bodry, Eugène Berger, Michel Wolter, Lydie Polfer, Marc Angel, Gilles Roth, Claude Wiseler, as well as Secretary General Claude Frieseisen. Excused for the occasion were the additional Vice-Presidents Laurent Mosar and Simone Beissel.

Grand Duke Meets President of Tatarstan

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Grand Duke Henri received in audience on Friday Rustam Minnikhanov, the President of Tatarstan, one of Russia's 85 federal subjects and one of its 22 republics. Mr. Minnikhanov, who was accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan Roman Shaykhutdinov and the Minister of the Economy Artyom Zdunov, was on a two-day working visit to the Grand Duchy on Thursday and Friday. He also met with Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider as well as Mars di Bartolomeo, the President of the Chamber of Deputies.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Grand Duchess Receives Syrian Refugee

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Yesterday was the United Nation's Universal Children's Day. The date November 20 marks the day on which the UN assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. To mark the event, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa met with the young Syrian Hanin Mahmud (16), her mother, and Omar El-Hattab, Chief of Water, Environment and Sanitation for UNICEF Pakistan, as well as Maryse Arendt, President of UNICEF Luxembourg.

Hanin Mahmud, her mother and sister fled Syria at the age of 13. After staying in Istanbul for two years under difficult circumstances and seperated from her family, she fled via Hungary to Austria, where she has been living since one year. The young refugee has since launched a Twitter campaign under the hashtag #youthtakeover together with friends.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hereditary Sophie Becomes Godmother of Dog Kira

Photo: Tierschutzverein Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein's Tierschutzverein, the society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, celebrated its 70th anniversary yesterday and Hereditary Princess Sophie was on hand to celebrate with them. During the event, which took place in Schaan, the Hereditary Princess didn't only become the new patron of the organisation, she was also made godmother of Kira, a very cute dog. And it looks like it was love at first sight on both sides.

The Principality's society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, which also manages an animal shelter, was founded on October 7, 1945, by Olga Frommelt against all odds. At the time, many believed an animal rights organisation to be superfluous. Something that has thankfully changed during the seven decades since.