Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Palais Grand-Ducal Opens Its Doors

Same procedure as every year (and yes, I understand that not everyone understands that reference): Once again, the palais grand-ducal opens its doors to the general public this summer. Between July 13 and September 6, guided tours in Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Dutch will be offered. Admission per adult is 10 euros and 5 euros per child. Tickets for the palace tour are available at the Luxembourg City Tourist Office. The temporary exhibition Wëlcom Dôhém - Return From Exile of HRH The Grand Duchess Charlotte will also be available for viewing in the Salle de Balance.

More information at the cour and the LCTO. Read our report about the open palace in 2013 here.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lunch With Prince Félix and Prince Robert

A Utah concert violinist recently had the chance to have lunch with not just one but two Nassau princes. David Park, who wrote all about his royal lunch experience here, was a guest at the Château Haut Brion, the prestigious French wine estate owned by Prince Robert, cousin of the Grand Duke, who was also the host of the event. Also in attendance for the luncheon was the "hip and stately" Prince Félix, who did not have his royal title written down on the table name card.

Tell-All Book About the Grand Ducal Family

L'essentiel reports that there is a tell-all book about the Grand Ducal Family in the works. The writer allegedly is a former member of staff of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, for whom she worked for 14 years and whose orders she describes as "often contradictory". But before any book is published, there will be a labour court hearing in October about the termination of contract of the former staff member in question. Délicat, as L'essentiel puts it. Someone gabbing about their former employer - no matter who they were - after they were fired is always a bit tacky, non?! (And one should keep in mind that all employees of the cour have to sign a confidentially contract so it remains to be seen if the author will actually go ahead and publish the book.)

Members of the Council of Europe Received


Grand Duke Henri together with the Grand Duchess, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie received members of the Europen Council on Friday. They Council members were in Luxembourg to mark the start of Luxembourg's presidency of the Council of the European Union.

No photos have been released. We will update the post if any are published. 

10 Years of Entertainment


On Friday, the Grand Duke attended the Gala Concert to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg. Since the opening on 26 June 2005 over 1,500,000 people have attended events at the Philharmonie. The Gala Concert to mark the anniversary featured a children's choir and the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg.

Photos have yet to be published. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Luxarazzi Tiara Race (3): Sapphire Bracelet Tiara vs. Butterfly Tiara

It was clear but maybe not as clear as I expected it to be: The Belgian Scroll Tiara won your affection in the last edition of The Luxarazzi Tiara Race beating Princess Margaretha's Sapphire and Diamond Tiara by a wide margin of 84.66 percent. Today, we again have a sapphire tiara competing with an all-diamond piece for your vote: the Sapphire Bracelet Tiara vs. the Diamond Butterfly Tiara, the newest second newest addition to the Grand Ducal Collection (though Princess Claire's rubies are too new to be featured in this race, sadly or luckily - not sure which - we do not have clairvoyent abilities).
This one I dare not predict - so tell us, which one of the two tiaras wins your vote? Don't forget to also drop us a comment below whether you favour the bracelet turned tiara or a rather modern adaptation of a tiara. (Voting closes up Tuesday evening Lux time.)

That should be "Butterfly Tiara" of course...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Henri and Maria Teresa Attend an Opening Concert for the Luxembourg Presidency

Photo: SIP / Thierry Monasse / Cour grand-ducale
This evening in Brussels, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were present at an opening concert to recognize the start of Luxembourg's tenure in the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The concert included a variety of cultural performances to celebrate the event, which will see Luxembourg in the role for the rest of 2015.

Also in attendance was the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Minister of Culture Maggy Nagel, among other dignitaries.

Photos from Tageblatt available here, and more photos from the Cour here.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Grand Duke Meets Young Farmers

On Wednesday afternoon, Grand Duke Henri received a delegation of members of the European Council of Young Farmers, or Conseil Européen des Jeunes Agriculteurs (CEJA), for an audience at the palais grand-ducal. A CEJA conference takes place in Luxembourg this week.

Grand Duke Henri Receives the Prime Minister of Norway

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Today at the Palais grand-ducal, Grand Duke Henri received in audience Her Excellency Madame Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway. Madame Solberg is currently on a working visit to the Grand Duchy, with respect to the Luxemboug Presidency of the Council of the European Union. (Norway is not a member of the European Union but maintains strong diplomatic ties with that institution.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Luxarazzi Tiara Race (2): Margaretha's Sapphire Tiara vs. the Belgian Scroll Tiara

Congratulations to Princess Sibilla's Diamond Art Deco Tiara, the first winner of The Luxarazzi Tiara Race. (Don't know what it is? Check out the details here!) Today is the second match day of our little tiara tournament. Facing off against each other are Princess Margaretha's Sapphire and Diamond Tiara, which can also be worn as a necklace, vs. the Belgian Scroll Tiara.
Not the most difficult of predictions as to which tiara will advance to the next round - or are we in for the first major upset of the Luxarazzi Tiara Race? Cast your vote below, which one of these two sparklers should advance into the next round where it will face off against Princess Sibilla's tiara. (And yes, that's going to be a tough one!) Also drop us a comment below to let us know which one of the tiaras got your vote and why. (Voting closes on Saturday night.)


P.S. Have you made your prediction yet as to which sparkler will be the grand winner of the Luxarazzi Tiara Race? Akram of The Royal Couturier also gave us his picks:

I think The Luxembourg Empire Tiara will be the winner. I mean, it's huge and grand but still very beautiful and has a somehow delicate appeal to it. Also it's not seen very often, but that definitely keeps it in our minds. My personal favorite would be either Queen Victoria Eugenia's Aquamarine Tiara -which is classic, substantial and can be versatile if Princess Sibilla decides one day to replace the aquamarines with other stones- and the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara which looks great on every one that has worn it. I believe our dark horse would be the Belgian Scroll, I think everyone is relieved that this piece was never sold out of the Luxembourger vaults.