Saturday, February 28, 2015

Alois and Sophie Watch The Gypsy Baron

Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie were among those to view the premiere of "The Gypsy Baron" by Johann Strauss, the Son in Vaduz this evening. They were joined by the President of Parliament Albert Frick, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Culture Aurelia Frick, as well as Vaduz mayor Ewald Ospelt. Liechtenstein's Operettenbühne operetta stage celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. 

Pictures are not available yet but will be add if any come up.

Grand Duke Meets New and Old Ambassadors

Photo: Republic of Togo
On Wednesday, Grand Duke Henri received outgoing U.S. ambassador Robert A. Mandell for a farewell audience. Mandell has served as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg for the past three and a half years and will now return home. In addition, new ambassadors of Sri Lanka, Mauritania, Togo (Kokou Nayo Mbeou, above together with Grand Duke Henri), Slovakia and Zimbabwe presented their letters of credence to the Grand Duke on Wednesday as well.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Grand Duke to Visit Cabo Verde

Grand Duke Henri will make a three-day official visit to the Republic of Cabo Verde between March 10 and 12. He will not be accompanied by the Grand Duchess on this visit. The delegation will also consist of Romain Schneider in his function as Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action and Francine Closener, Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Economy. The trio will visit the islands of Santiago, Santo Antão and São Vicente. Around 7,000 people from Cabo Verde, an island country of the Western coast of Africa, live in the Grand Duchy.

Blog Selected by Luxemburger Wort

Photo: Screenshot
You might have noticed that something about the blog has changed during the past few days. No, we neither added a new royal family to cover nor did we invent a new feature or gave the blog a visual make-over. Instead, we added a badge of the right hand side: Blog selected by Luxemburger Wort the Grand Duchy's biggest newspaper. 

As the badge says, Luxarazzi is one of a number of blogs selected by the English-language version of Luxemburger Wort's online version,, to be featured in a special section on their website, the Blogosphere. The aim of the new section is to group "the most useful or entertaining blogs about Luxembourg in one place". Naturally, we are thrilled to be included in this group. So, head over to Wort and check out the other featured blogs.

Luxarazzi 101: Queen Fabiola's Circle Earrings

84 days ago today, Queen Fabiola of Belgium passed away. Today, we are going to remember her in a way I'm not quite sure she would have liked to be remembered by, some of her jewels: A pair of three circle earrings adorned by a multitude of coloured and non-coloured stones, namely diamonds, rubies and emeralds. These earrings, which don't seem to be old heirloom pieces, are today owned by Princess Margaretha, Queen Fabiola's niece. 

Princess Margaretha first publicly wore her aunt's circle earrings for the traditional mass for deceased members of the Belgian royal family in February of last year, even before Queen Fabiola's death. After Belgium's former Queen passed away on December 5th, there was much speculation as to what would happen to her jewels. Especially as it had been announced that all her private possessions would go to the Hulpfonds van de Koningin, a charity she set up at the time of her wedding in 1960. However, considering that Princess Margaretha owns some of her aunts jewels and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians does as well, I like to think that Queen Fabiola simply gifted her jewels to her nieces and nieces-in-law during the last years of her life. I guess that time will only tell though.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grand Duke Henri Receives the Swiss President

Source: Cour grand-ducale
Today, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Simonetta Sommaruga, the President of the Swiss Confederation. She assumed office on January 1st of 2015, after serving as Vice President of the Swiss Confederation for the previous year.

Liechtenstein Royals at Vernon Smith Prize

Photo: Nils Vollmar / Liechtensteiner Volksblatt
Prince Hans-Adam II, his brother Prince Philipp and their cousin Prince Michael all attended the the 7th International Vernon Smith Prize for the Advancement of Austrian Economics in Liechtenstein this week. The event is organised by the European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation (ECAEF). Both Prince Philipp and Prince Michael are members of the board of directors of the ECAEF and Prince Hans-Adam has also been long involved with the foundation and so he was the one who actually handed out the award.

The topic of this year's essay competition was "Trusting Politicians with Our Money is like Leaving a Cat in Charge of a Cream Jug". The first prize went to David J. Hebert from the United States of America ahead of Daniel Sanchez Pinol Yulee from Spain and Andreas Kohl Martinez from France. 

A video including interviews with Prince Philipp and Prince Michael can be found at 1 FL TV.

Grand Duke Henri Receives a Delegation from Bremen

Source: Cour grand-ducale
On Wednesday, Grand Duke Henri received in audience a 20-member delegation from Bremen, headed by Jens Böhrnsen who holds the titles of President of the Senate and Mayor of Bremen. The delegation is in Luxembourg for two days to strengthen economic ties between Bremen and Luxembourg and exchange ideas about current scientific research. In particular, the two share interest in materials research and options for renewable energy.

The delegation will also expected to meet with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, who is also the Minister of the Economy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prince Philipp Gives Out LGT Media Award

Source: OTS / L-R: Prince Philipp, Nikolaus Jilch, Eva Steindorfer, Markus Schauta
(standing in for Jakob Arnim-Ellissen), and Meinhard Platzer
On Tuesday, Prince Philipp was in Vienna to give out the LGT Media Award at the Stadtpalais Liechtenstein. This award, which recognizes outstanding economic reporting, selected from articles published between January 1, 2014, and November 14, 2014.

The main award went to Eva Steindorfer of Die Presse for her report "Gründer gehen dorthin, wo das Geld ist" from October 5th of 2014. This article featured start-ups in Austria and highlighted the winner of Startup Fonds Speedinvest II.

Honorable mentions, in the form of recognition awards, also went to Jakob Arnim-Ellissen of Format and Nikolaus Jilch of Die Presse. Jakob Arnim-Ellissen's article "Bürokratie in Rot-Weiß-Rot", dated August 14th of 2014, focused on the challenges that skilled workers face in leaping over bureaucratic hurdles. Nikolaus Jilch received his second recognition award for the article "Die Teuerung kommt früher oder später", which used the lessons from the dot-com breakdown, as well as other historical economic events, to suggest that inflation should be a growing concern.

Prince Philipp, who is the chairmain of the LGT Group, was joined by Meinhard Platzer, the CEO of LGT Bank Austria, to present the awards. The winners of the LGT Media Award and the recognition awards were determined by a five-member panel that reviewed the different submissions.

Photo and more information from OTS.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hereditary Princess Sophie and the Day of the Book

Photo: Liechtensteiner Volksblatt /
Yesterday, the Principality celebrated its day of the book and on the occasion Hereditary Princess Sophie attended an event honouring Liechtenstein's most beautiful books of the last year. The event took place at the auditorium of the University of Liechtenstein. Pictures of it can be found at Volksblatt and Vaterland. 1 FL TV has a video.