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!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Birthday Interview with Princess Marie

Photo: 1 FL TV
Princess Marie gave an interview to 1 FL TV to mark her 75th birthday. In the interview, the wife of Prince Hans-Adam talks about her childhood, family - among other things, the Princess says that her husband sometimes tells her "that was very Kinsky of you" and that she jokingly replies that he should be silent now as he actually has more Kinsky blood than her -, teenage years in Munich, her first visit to Liechtenstein, how she met her husband, her relationship with her parents-in-law - she actually reads a letter from Princess Gina - how she and her husband take life with a lot of humour, and loads more.

Most of the things told by Princess Marie are already chronicled in our 101s about her, see here and here.

Honorary Doctorates for Grand Duke and Grand Duchess

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will visit the United States of America on May 8 and 9 to receive honorary doctorates in Christian ethics for their conviction in favor of a culture of life. The doctorates will be awarded by the Franciscan University of Steubenville located in Ohio. The Grand Ducal Couple will be honoured for living their faith in the public square and earning the respect of Catholics worldwide alongside the Archbishop of Baltimore and a former ESPN analyst and NCAA football coach.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will also be the commencement speaker during the University's graduation ceremony on May 9. The Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic college run by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. The Grand Ducal Family has some personal ties to the university as members of the family have studied there.

New Official Pictures of Henri and Maria Teresa

Grand Duke Henri will celebrate his 60th birthday tomorrow - as does Prince Sébastien by the way, not his 60th though; the Grand Duke's youngest turns 23 - and to mark the event, the cour grand-ducale has released the following three new pictures of the Grand Duke and his lovely lady, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.
All photos: Cour grand-ducale / Christian Aschman

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tessy Takes a Dive and Other Missed News

Photo: Stephen Chung
Already on February 6, Princess Tessy took part in the Special Olympics Great Britain’s first ever Polar Plunge. The London-based event saw hundreds taking a leap into icy water to raise money and awareness for the charity.

Even longer ago, in November of last year, Princess Marie-Astrid and her husband, Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria, were in Switzerland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the FXB Foundation, which helps to support orphans and people living in extreme poverty around the world.

Trade Mission to Tunisia and Morocco

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume will head a economic mission to Tunisia and Morocco at the end of this month. Between April 27 and 30, 2015, a Luxembourg trade delegation consisting of slightly more than 30 companies will visit the two Maghreb states. Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider will also accompany the delegation; no word yet on the participation of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. Among others, the trade delegation will visit Casablanca.

Princess Julie in Toronto

Photo: The Glenn Gould Foundation
Princess Julie of Nassau, the wife of Prince Robert of Luxembourg, has been in Toronto, Canada, for a few days now where she was part of the jury of the Glenn Gould Prize. The prize is handed out by the Glenn Gould Foundation and awarded every second year to a living individual in recognition of his or her contributions to music and communication. American composer Philip Glass was chosen as the prize's 11th laureate. More info about the prize here, here and here. Princess Julie has long been a supporter of various charitable music foundations, prizes and events.