Saturday, December 20, 2014

EYOF-Ticket for the Hereditary Prince

Photo: Michael Zanghellini
Exactly 38 days prior to the opening of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), Hereditary Prince Alois received a delegation of the organising committee at Schloss Vaduz on Thursday. The EYOF will take place between January 25 and 30 in Liechtenstein and the neighbouring Austrian federal state of Vorarlberg. The Hereditary Prince and Austrian President Heinz Fischer will open the Festival together. While Hereditary Prince Alois will do so in English, the Austrian President will take over the German part. Both of them already received their tickets this week.

More pictures at Volksblatt, who also have a video, and Vorarlberg Online.

Princess Tessy at 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference

Photo: Petty Officer Stephen Oleksiak
Princess Tessy was among the more than 300 military and civilian leaders from all 28 NATO nations and partner nations to attend the 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) at the Waterside Marriott Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia, from Tuesday to Thursday this week. Previously the princess had already visited Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT) and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

About her attendance at the conference Princess Tessy said, "For me as an academic, I've learned a lot of what Transformation is and especially ACT. I've met some truly wonderful and inspiring people who all in own rights love their nation and really want to move forward to create a sustainable peace, togetherness and cooperation within one world. For me it was a beautiful experience..."

"...It was incredible to see how each person communicated, exchanged ideas, worked together, created new plans," she continued. "It was really an enjoyable moment to be in the middle of them and listen and see Transformation happening in front of my eyes."

More information and pictures on the website of the NATO.

Last Christmas Visits for Princess Marie and Hereditary Princess Sophie

Photo: Nis Vollmar / Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
One final visit today to APH Schlossgarten in Balzers, as well as the St. Mamertus retirement home in Triesen! Princess Marie and Hereditary Princess Sophie brought gifts and visited with residents.

Volksblatt has some more lovely photos from both locations, with the ladies rounding off their participation in the annual event to bring seasonal joy to those in hospitals and retirement homes.

Prince Wenzeslaus at Charity Dinner


On Thursday, Prince Wenzeslaus, second son of Prince Philipp and Princess Isabelle, attended the Annual Charity Dinner hosted by the AEM Association Children of the World for Rwanda. At the event held at the Held at Espace Cardin in Paris, he was pictured together with Hungarian model Barbara Palvin. Other royal and noble guests at the charity dinner inluded the Princess of Venice and Piedmont  (a.k.a. Clotilde Courau) and Princess Alessandra Borghese.

Friday, December 19, 2014

More Christmas Visits in Liechtenstein

On Wednesday, Princess Marie and Hereditary Princess Sophie paid more visits to retirement homes, St. Martin in Eschen and St. Laurentius in Schaan. These visits are a continuation of the Christmas tradition amongst the Liechtenstein ladies, to meet with those in hospitals and retirement homes in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

There are no pictures of the visits yet, but they'll be added if any are made available.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Guillaume at FNEL

Photo: Gilles Martin / Cour grand-ducale
This evening at 6:30, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was in attendance at the closing ceremony of the centenary celebration for the FNEL (Fédération Nationale des Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses du Luxembourg), or the National Federation of Scouts and Girl Scouts of Luxembourg.

The event began with an academic session and then concluded with a vin d’honneur, during which Guillaume visited with the Scouts (and Girl Scouts, of course!). The FNEL was founded in 1914 and encourages all participants to embody the organizational motto “Zesumme fir eng besser Welt,” or “Together for a better world.” The centenary event was focused around honouring the tradition of volunteering that all Scouts and Girl Scouts represent.

No photos spotted just yet, but they'll be added if they show up.

More photos available at the Cour website!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Princess Tessy Visits USS Theodore Roosevelt

Photo: US Navy
Princess Tessy visited the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in Norfolk, Virginia, today. The Princess currently is in the United States to participate in the 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) at the Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT). The Allied Command Transformation is a NATO military command intended to lead military transformation of alliance forces and capabilities. She got to tour several areas of the ship, including observing photos of the crew in action.

A few visuals of her visit can be found at NewsChannel 3.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Princess Tessy Visits NATO

Photo: NATO
Yesterday, Princess Tessy visited Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation (HQ SACT). The Allied Command Transformation is a NATO military command intended to lead military transformation of alliance forces and capabilities. The wife of Prince Louis met with Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), French Air Force General Jean-Paul Paloméros; the Deputy Commander, Italian Air Force General Mirco Zuliani; and Chief of Staff, British Army Lieutenant General Phil Jones. 

In exactly what capacity Princess Tessy visited the Headquarters, Supreme Allied Command Transformation remains unknown. The princess does not usually carry out solo engagements nor has she ever represented Luxembourg internationally in an official capacity. However, she will be part of the Grand Duchy's delegation at the 2014 Chiefs of Transformation Conference (COTC) in Norfolk, Virginia, this week. The conference gives national Chiefs of Transformation and NATO leaders the chance to collaborate and share ideas regarding the future of the Alliance. Princess Tessy entertains an interest in all things military as she participated in a KFOR mission, the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo.

More pictures on Twitter.

Luxembourg Commemorates Battle of the Bulge

Members of the Grand Ducal Family were out and about today to pay their respects to those who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, which started exactly 70 years ago today. The battle was the last major German offensive launched against the Allied Forces towards the end of World War II. Fought in the Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front, it was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States during the course of the Second World War.

Photo: Marc Schmit / Cour grand ducale
In the morning at 9am, Grand Duke Henri welcomed a delegation of veterans of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge association for a reception at the palais. The former soldiers were accompanied by the Ambassador of the United States of America and the Ambassador of Germany to the Grand Duchy.

About one and a half hours later, the Grand Duke attended a national commemorative ceremony at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg-Hamm. Other guests at the ceremony included the Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, the President of the Chambre des Députés, Mars Di Bartolomeo, other government members, as well as the Luxembourg Army Chief of Staff Romain Mancinelli, U.S. Ambassador Robert Mandell, representatives of U.S. armed forces and both American and German veterans that fought in Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944 and 1945.

Photo: SIP / Luc Deflorenne
The ceremony began with a traditional fly-over of four U.S. combat planes (F-16C Fighting Falcon) and continued with speeches delivered by various dignitaries. Following these, Grand Duke Henri laid a wreath of flowers to pay tribute to the American soldiers that fought for Luxembourg’s freedom and liberation from Nazi-Germany.

The American delegation then also laid a wreath of flowers, followed by a contingent of American veterans laying 70 roses in honour of the soldiers who died in combat for Luxembourg together with students of the Lycée Technique de Bonnevoie. The ceremony closed with a minute of silence, followed by a three-fire gun salute and the playing of the U.S. and Luxembourgish anthems.

Photo: Cheryl Cadamuro / Wort.lu
In the early afternoon, there was another commemorative event, this time around attended by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. The couple was among the guests for a ceremony at the National Liberation Memorial (NLM) in Wiltz also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, Étienne Schneider, and more government ministers as well as American representatives and students from the Nordstad-Lycée as well as, of course, veterans. 

Wiltz, located in the north-west of the Grand Duchy, probably was the Luxembourgish town to suffer most during the Second World War and a major battleground during the Battle of the Bulge. When German soldiers of the Wehrmacht overran the north of the Grand Duchy on December 16, 1944, the American forces were trapped in the encircled town but managed to hold into until the renewed liberation of the area.

More pictures of the day at the cour, the government, Wort, RTL #1, RTL #2, RTL #3 and Tageblatt; videos at Wort and RTL.

Monday, December 15, 2014

More Christmas Visits by the Liechtenstein Ladies

Photo: Paul Trummer / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt / Volksblatt.li
The Princess Marie and the Hereditary Princess Sophie continued their visits to Liechtenstein's hospitals and retirement homes today. The mother- and daughter-in-law duo visited the St. Theodul home for the elderly in Triesenberg today. It's a tradition in the Principality that the female members of the family visit the retirement homes and hospitals througout the country in the weeks before Christmas. The Princess and Hereditary Princess already made similar visits in Vaduz on Friday.

More pictures of the day at Volksblatt.