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.

Prince Philipp Honours Jubilarians

Photo: ZVG
Yes, it's that time of the year again: Like he does every once in a while, Prince Philipp took the LGT's jubilarians of the second half of 2015 to visit another company in the Principality on Wednesday, this time around it was the ceramic workshop Schädler. Together the 92 jubilarians have worked for the LGT Group for more than 1400 years. To round off the day, they also had dinner with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Sophie Attends Season Opening

Photo: Stefan Kleinberger / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt
Catching up with the Liechensteins, part four: Hereditary Princess Sophie was among the guests for the season opening of the TAK theatre in Schaan back on September 12 on was pictured at the event with artistic director Thomas Spieckermann (left) and chairman of the board Werner Bachmann. After a panel discussion, the The Epic of Gilgamesh was shown.

Hereditary Prince Visits Technology Company

Photo: ZVG
Somehow we missed quite a bit of Liechtenstein news during the past week or two... High time to catch up: Hereditary Prince Alois visited the ThyssenKrupp Presta TecCenter in the Principality's municipality of Eschen about two weeks ago on September 19. Liechtenstein's regent toured the facilities, which produces camshafts and camshaft modules, valve train systems and bearing blocks. 

For more photos and information have a look at either Volksblatt or Vaterland, or both.

New Patronage for Hereditary Princess Sophie

Photo: Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /
Hereditary Princess Sophie took part in the general assembly of the Familienhilfe Balzers family aid organisation. During the assembly it was announced that the organisation, the oldest one of the its kind in Liechtenstein, will merge with the Schlossgarten retirement home on January 1, 2016. Hereditary Prince Sophie will become the patron of the new organisation to be called Lebenshilfe Balzers (life aid).

More information about the general assembly at Volksblatt.

Alois Meets WorldSkills Team

Photo: Michael Zanghellini / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
Already on Thursday last week, Hereditary Prince Alois received Liechtenstein's Worldskills Team for an audience at Schloss Vaduz. The 43rd WorldSkills Games, the Principality's most successful since 1997, took place in São Paulo, Brazil, from to August 11 to 16, 2015. The WorldSkills Competition occurs every two years and is the biggest vocational education and skills excellence event in the world. 

More information at Vaterland.

Grand Ducal Couple Meets Refugees

Photo: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort /
Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited the Foyer Marienthal refugee home today. Accompanied by the Minister for Family and Integration Corinne Cahen, they toured the facility and met about 120 refugees from Syria and Balkan countries such as Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro. 

More pictures of the day at Wort and Tageblatt.

Archduke Alexander at Waterloo Ball

Photo: Constance le Hardÿ de Beaulieu
Remember that ball back in June recreating one of the most famous balls in history, the Duchess of Richmond's ball on the eve of the Battle of Quatre Bras two days before the Battle of Waterloo? Turns out Archduke Alexander, third son of Luxembourg's Princess Marie-Astrid, was among the guests for the evening at the Concert Noble in Brussels.