Friday, October 9, 2015

Guillaume and Stéphanie Open Creative Hub

Photo: Lex Kleren / Luxemburger Wort /
Earlier this (Friday) evening, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were among the guests for the official opening of the 1535° creative hub in Differdange. The former factory building by steel producer ArcelorMittal has been turned into workspace for some 200 young creatives from the fields of art, technology and more. 

The Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple was welcomed at the site by local mayor Roberto Traversini, which you can easily recognise by the fancy sash in the picture above. For the inauguration, they were accompanied by the Minister for Economy, Internal Security and Defense, Etienne Schneider, and Claude Meisch, Minister for Children and Youth, Higher Education and Research, and National Education.

A gallery of visuals at Wort.

Grand Duke Views Magna Carta

The Magna Carta is currently on exhibit at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg as part of worldwide festivities to celebrate its 800th anniversary. This morning, Grand Duke Henri went to see the charter drawn up in 1215 to protect the rights of free English subjects from the King John of England and thus essentially laying the foundations for the rule of common law. The Grand Duke was accompanied by the new President of the European Court of Justice, Koen Lenaerts, European Court judge François Biltgen and Marc Jaeger, judge at the General Court of the European Union.

No pictures as of yet, but we will add them as soon as any pop up.

Grand Duke Meets Hobby Archaeologists

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Grand Duke Henri received a delegation of members of the Georges Kayser Altertumsfuerscher at the palais today. The Georges Kayser Altertumsfuerscher are a group of archaeologists who have their main excavation sites at a Gallo-Roman farming complex near the village of Goeblange in southern Luxembourg as well as through the entire Grand Duchy whenever archaeological remains are found. At the Paschtoueschhaus in Nospelt, the association also runs a museum.

As every so often during the last few weeks, no pictures as of yet but will be added if any become available.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Chamber of Deputies

Photo: SIP
Yesterday morning, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited the Grand Duchy's Chambre des Députés. At the parliament, the couple was received by its president, Mars di Bartolomeo, the members of the bureau of the chamber as well as its secretary general, Claude Frieseisen. During the meeting, Guillaume, Stéphanie and their hosts focused on the legislative process, current parliamentary issues as well as current challenges ahead of the beginning of a new parliamentary session next week.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Luxarazzi Tiara Race (Small Final): Ena's Aquamarine Tiara vs. Empire Tiara

It's time for the final, the small final that is - the match of those two tiaras who did put up a good fight but lost their semifinals in the end, Queen Victoria Eugenia's Aquamarine Tiara and the Empire Tiara. Because, you know, it never hurts to have an additional tiara poll. Plus, it gives one of the following sparklers the chance to end the Luxarazzi Tiara Race on a high note! We will see both our grand finalists, the Belgian Scroll Tiara and the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara (which reached about 55 percent of votes in our second semifinal), again on Saturday.
In a way, it seems that the small as well as the grand final have quite equal tiara matches, at least size-wise. Heading off against each other in the third place race off are Queen Victoria Eugenia's Aquamarine Tiara, worn by her great-granddaughter Princess Sibilla above, and the Empire Tiara, the one which would have apparently won if we had asked for your favourite tiara that most looks like a crown or is in a league of its own.

Hurry up, voting already closes on Saturday night (Lux time) this time around.

Grand Duke Meets President of the Court of Justice

At noon today, Grand Duke Henri received Vassilios Skouris, outgoing President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, for a last audience on the occasion of the end of his presidency. Mr Skouris served as the President of the highest court of justice for European Union laws, which has its seat in Luxembourg, since 2003 after having been a member of the court since 1999.

No pictures yet but they will be added if any become available.

Reorganisation of the Grand Ducal Court Plus the Grand Duchess Is Afraid of Flying

Photo: Guy Wolff / Luxemburger Wort /
The cour grand-ducale announced today that there will be a major reorganisation of communication and administrative roles. You might recall that there have been quite a number of people who have quit their jobs as of late and now the reorganisation shall bring the solution. Plus, the cour also stated that Grand Duchess Maria Teresa suffers from the same symptoms as Crown Princess Mette-Marit when it comes to flying.

During a press conference today, it was announced that during the past few months there have been internal audits at the cour led by psycho sociologist Chantal Selva to find a way to reorganise its dealings. In the future, there will be a a new private cabinet for the Grand Duke, which is to be headed by Michel Heintz. Together with his team, he will keep the Grand Duke updated about current political events, prepare audiences, write speeches and act as a court spokesman.

The Grand Duchess will have her own staff, led by Guy Schmit. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie have their own secretary.

Henri Chrisnach, head of protocoll and aide de camp of the Grand Duke, will head the cour's organisation. Jean-David van Maele will become general secretary of finances. A new pilot communications committee will be responsible for press relations and headed by Nadège Lartigue. (Here's hoping they'll get better at updating their official website...) There is not yet a successor for Pierre Bley, who will remain court marshall until the end of the year.

During the press conference it was also mentioned that the Grand Duchess had not accompanied the Grand Duke on a number of trips abroad as she is suffering from an acute fear of flying, which she has not been able to overcome.

More info is available at Wort in German.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Luxarazzi Tiara Race (SF 2): Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara vs. Empire Tiara

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first finalist - and the Belgian Scroll Tiara it is! The all-diamond sparkler beat Queen Victoria Eugenia's Aquamarine Tiara by almost two thirds of votes in the first one of our semifinals. Was it a choice you expected? And which tiara will it face in the grand final?!
Will it be the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara, the pretty preferred wedding tiara of the Grand Ducal Family? Or will it be the Empire Tiara, the tiara that puts the grand in the Grand Duchess? Are you on Team Small(er) But Beautiful or are you one for Team Go Big or Go Home? Tell us...

Voting closes on Wednesday night.

Guillaume and Stéphanie at Fun Run

Photo: Fabrizio Munisson / Luxemburger Wort /
The Vollekslaf Walfer is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Walferdange to celebrate with the particpants of the fun run and spectators and hand out the prizes.. Won by Yonas Kinde, the the 12 kilometre race counted no less than 1,392 participants, or even 3,109 when you count all the children and teenagers taking part in shorter distances. Prior to the race, the Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple also met with Hubert Fuhrmann and Serge Wantz, the gentlemen with the bib numbers 1 and 2 respectively, who both took part in the race for the 40th time.

Pictures at Wort and on Facebook.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Princess Marie Celebrates Name Day with Kindergarten and School Children

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Frankly, I have no idea why we missed so many Liechtenstein news! There was Alois at the technology plant and Alois and the WorldSkills Team; then there was Sophie at the season opening and Sophie becoming the patron of a new(-ish) organisation; as well as Philipp and the jubilarians. And now this, the missed cherry on top: Princess Marie celebrated her name day on September 14 together with 40 children from the municipality of Planken. Each year, the Princess invites kindergarten and primary school children from some part of Liechtenstein to Schloss Vaduz to celebrate her name day as her actual birthday usually falls into the school holidays.

A gallery of visuals of the celebrations at Vaterland.