Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume Attends the Horesca-HOTREC Gala Dinner

On Thursday evening at Cercle Cité, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended a gala dinner for Horesca-HOTREC, which represents the hospitality industry in Luxembourg (Horesca) and in Europe (HOTREC). The HOTREC general meeting takes place in Luxembourg from April 22nd to April 24th. Among the evening's events was the hospitality award given out by the European Hospitality Foundation (EHF).

Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider; the Minister for Labour, Employment and Immigration Nicolas Schmit; and Secretary of State for the Economy Francine Closener.

No photos have been released yet. They'll be added if they're made available.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Princess Marie Opens Playground

Photo: Daniel Schwendener / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Princess Marie was among the guests for the opening of a new playground in Schaan, Liechtenstein's biggest municipality, today. The playground is part of the Heilpädogogisches Zentrum, a special education school. However, it won't only be open for school's children but all the children of Schaan. Princess Marie was the president of the Heilpädogogisches Zentrum between May 1983, when she took over the position from her mother-in-law, Princess Gina, and 2005. Since then, the Princess has been its patron

More pictures at Volksblatt and Vaterland.

Golden Anniversary and a Little Bit of Liechtenstein History

Last Sunday (and kinda missed by us this week), Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie attended a mass to celebrate the golden priesthood anniversary of Father Franz Näscher in his home parish of Gamprin-Bendern in the Principality's north-west. Fun fact about Gamprin: It was there on March 16, 1699, that the men of Liechtenstein's Unterland (literally "lower land" including today's municipalities of Ruggell, Schellenberg, Gamprin, Eschen and Mauren, or at the time the areas belonging to the County of Schellenberg) first swore allegiance to their new Prince (though Liechtenstein wasn't a Principality yet - and, in fact, wasn't called Liechtenstein yet).

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.