Friday, November 27, 2015

Liechtenstein Meets United Nations

Photo: IKR
In addition to the former Swiss President, Hereditary Prince Alois received to other high ranking guests at Schloss Vaduz today. Both Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, (above) as well as Martin Sajdik, Austria's ambassador to the UN, OSCE Special Representative in Ukraine and the UN's President of the Economic and Social Council, (here) visited Liechtenstein today and were received by the Hereditary Prince.

Hereditary Prince Meets Former Swiss President

Photo: IKR
Today, Hereditary Prince Alois received Member of the Swiss Federal Council and former President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer at Schloss Vaduz. The aim of Maurer's one day visit to Liechtenstein was to talk the status and future of the Principality's and Switzerland's cooperation in civil defence and disaster management.

Félix Attends a Dinner for The Explorers Club

Back on November 6th, Prince Félix was present at the Visionaries VIP Dinner, part of the 2015 Lowell Thomas Awards for The Explorers Club, in Melbourne, Florida. Félix was there as the Honorary Dinner Chair. The event, themed "Visionaries of Conservation: Paradigm Shifts in Protecting the Planet," recognized those who have contributed to international conservation efforts. The official awards dinner, held the following day on November 7th, featured "an appetizing selection of prepared Florida Invasive Species," which suggests one fairly direct way of dealing with the ongoing invasive species issue currently facing the Everglades.

A little more about the event here. No photos have shown up yet, but they'll be added if they do.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Louis and Tessy at London Party and Auction

Last night, Prince Louis and his seriously hunty green coat as well as Princess Tessy and her seriously long coat were among the guests of a drinks party and auction of twelve photographs by Andrea Jarvis-Hamilton in favour of the Mayor's Fund for London. The Mayor's Fund "exists to give young Londoners the skills and opportunities to get a decent job, escape the threat of poverty and play a full part in London’s future as the greatest city on Earth" according to their website. The event, which was also attended by London mayor Boris Johnson, took place at Halcyon Gallery in New Bond Street.

A gallery of visuals at Also: Stay tuned for this weekend when we will see Prince Louis, Princess Tessy and hopefully their boys again in Luxembourg for the Bazar International.

Princess Angela's Panama Travel Tips

Princess Angela of Liechtenstein is one of the least written and known about but at the same time most searched for member of the Princely Family. Now the Panamian-born American-raised wife of Prince Max has given a few travel tips for her native Panama. Read all about which places to visit, what to wear and where to stay at World of Aerin.

Guillaume and Stéphanie Celebrate LuxTrust

Last night, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended a academic soiree for the 10th anniversary of LuxTrust. The event was held at the Château de Septfontaines in Rollingergrund. LuxTrust employs the latest technology to offer digital security services for various types of companies, including financial institutions. The development of LuxTrust reflects a 1999 decision among major Luxembourg banks to utilize a unified security solution.

No pictures thus far it seems but, as always, we'll add them if any become available.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Félix Somewhere with Lelio Orsini d'Aragona

Oddest post title ever? Yes, and it's not going to get any better. Prince Félix was somewhere together with his friend Prince Lelio Orsini d'Aragona - who you might recall from either Guillaume's or Félix's wedding, or the time he and Félix discovered Georgia, the country - and the two of them were photographed with Archbishop Zenon, the Archbishop of Dmanisi and Agarak-Tashiri and the Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate of Great Britain and Ireland. As he also posted pictures with the President of Ireland and Prince Michael of Kent on the same day, November 18, I guess it happened somewhere in Western Europe but who knows. And that's about all we know and can guess.

Luxarazzi 101: Paule Ka

We have looked at Elie Saab and Diane von Furstenberg - two of the favourite designers of the Grand Ducal and Princely Families - in the past and today it's time to have a closer look at someone who is quickly becoming a favourite with one particular family member (the Hereditary Grand Duchess): Paule Ka. Or rather the man behind the brand, Serge Cajfinger.
Born in the French town of Lille, Cajfinger spent his childhood in Brazil and returned to France as a young teenager. At the age of 15, he worked as a window decorator for Yves Saint Laurent and soon saw a career in fashion for himself. Only four years later, he opened his first fashion store together with his mother and aunt with the shop taking its name from his aunt, Paule. The multi-brand store was stocked with clothes by labels such as Mugler, Kenzo and Montana.
Cajfinger later left Lille for Paris and, in 1987, set up his first store with his own clothes: PAULE KA, which was located in the heart of the Marais district. While the 'Paule' is an hommage to his aforementioned aunt, Serge Cajfinger took the 'Ka' part of his brand's name from his own last name. The brand's style is considered geometric and sober as well as sophisticaed and urban at the same time. And Cajfinger's first design? A classic black dress. The man behind the brand takes his inspiration from 50’s and 60’s style icons including Jackie Onassis Kennedy, Princess Grace of Monaco and especially Audrey Hepburn. 
These days the designs by Paule Ka can be bought and spotted around the world. One particular fan as of late? The Hereditary Grand Duchess and I'm all for it, the classic designs suit her very well and they include some of my favourites she's ever worn! (Remark #1: Hello there, yellow national day dress! Remark #2: Not counting Elie Saab here obviously.) Another grand ducal lady who has worn the designs in the past: Princess Claire for her daughter's baptism.

Alois Receives Participants in Moneyval Training Seminar

Photo: ZVG /
Yesterday, Hereditary Prince Alois received attendees at a training seminar for the Moneyval Council (officially, the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism), which is part of the Council of Europe.

Currently, the Moneyval Council is holding a training seminar in Triesen. The event is focused on teaching participants about combating money laundering, especially as it relates to financing for terrorists. This particular training is considered an essential arm of larger counter-terrorism measures throughout Europe and beyond, and attendees at the seminar come from 23 different countries. Moneyval's Executive Secretary Matthias Kloth (standing four people to Alois's left in the photo above) was at the Vaduz Castle reception on Monday, along with other seminar members.

The Moneyval seminar runs from the 23rd to the 27th of November. A little more information about the seminar, as well as meeting with Hereditary Prince Alois, at Volksblatt.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Princely Couple Celebrates Liechtenstein Traditional Dress

Photo: Daniel Ospelt / Liechtensteiner Vaterland /
On Sunday, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie were on hand to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Liechtenstein's association for traditional costumes. The tradition of wearing what today is known as the traditional dresses in Liechtenstein can be traced back to around the year 1700. The Trachtenverein association was founded by Adulf Peter Goop, who you might recall from the Principality's Fabergé egg, and fellow enthusiasts in 1965 as an umbrella organisation for 18 smaller association of traditional dress loving Liechtensteiners.

More pictures at Volksblatt and Vaterland.