Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hans-Adam and Marie Attend Concert

On Whit Sunday, Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie were among the listeners of a concert by the church choir of Vaduz's St. Florin Cathedral in cooperation with the ensemble Raetiana, a few soloists as well as organist Maciej Zborowski. They performed the "St. Cassians Messe" by Joseph Gregor Zangl (1821–1897) interspersed with a bit of Vivaldi, Händel and more.

Hereditary Prince Says 'Hoi'

Ambassadors reloaded: While Grand Duke Henri recently bit farewell to one, Hereditary Prince Alois welcomed a new ambassadors from Serbia on Friday. In an audience, Snezana Jankovic presented her letter of credence to Liechtenstein's regent. As I wrote before today: When an ambassador commences their service in Luxembourg Liechtenstein, he or she is received by the Grand Duke Hereditary Prince at a formal audience to present their letters of credence. Similarly, when the ambassador is to return home, a similar meeting, albeit somewhat less formal, takes place.

Stéphanie at Concours Reine Elisabeth

Photo: Screenshot by The World of Royals
Last night, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie was back in her native Belgium where she attended the Concours Reine Elisabeth alongside Queen Mathilde of the Belgians in Brussels. The Concours musical international Reine-Élisabeth-de-Belgique, as it is its full name, is an annual music competition taking place at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. It is a founding member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is considered to be one of the most prestigious and most difficult.

Luxembourgish royals are no strangers to the event as the Grand Duke's sisters, Archduchess Marie-Astrid and Princess Margaretha, regularly accompanied their late aunt Queen Fabiola to the event over the years. Pictures of Stéphanie and Mathilde from this year on Place Royale's Facebook and at The World of Royals.

Grand Duke Says 'Au Revoir'

Grand Duke Henri received in audience on Thursday, May 21, Madame Eva Descarrega Garcia, outgoing ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Andorra, to bit her farewell. When an ambassador commences their service in Luxembourg, he or she is received by the Grand Duke at a formal audience to present their letters of credence. Similarly, when the ambassador is to return home, a similar meeting, albeit somewhat less formal, takes place.

Habsburgs at the Neipperg/Limburg-Stirum Wedding

Photo: Willi Schneider / REX
Back to last weekend's noble wedding of Countess Caroline von Neipperg and Count Philippe de Limburg-Stirum: A few new pictures have come up showing us that our Luxembourgish Habsburgs were out in quite a force. From left to right: Archduke Alexander, Archduchess Gabriella, Archduke Carl-Christian and Archduchess Marie-Astrid (wearing what I believe is another one of her mother's outfits, I'll get back to you about it), Archduchess Kathleen and Archduke Imre with their daughter Maria-Stella, as well as Archduchess Adélaïde and Archduke Christoph with their daughter Katarina.

Other guests with Luxembourgish ancestors at the wedding included Princess Xenia of Croÿ and Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, great-grandchildren of Princess Antonia, as well as Princess Theresa d'Orléans (née von Einsiedel), great-granddaugther of Princess Elisabeth, just like Antonia a sister of Grand Duchess Charlotte.

The 50th Birthday of the Duke of Vendôme

Prince Jean, Duke of Vendôme celebrated his 50th birthday on May 19. This past weekend the son of the Orléanist claimant to the French throne had a party in Dreux in northern France. Among the guests for the party were Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla from Luxembourg, as well as Prince Gundakar and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, a born Orléans princess and sister of the birthday boy, with their daughters Princess Leopoldine and Princess Maria-Immaculata.

Pictures of the party at Noblesse & Royautés.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guillaume Attends Memorial Day Ceremony

Photo: US Embassy in Luxembourg /
On Saturday, May 23rd, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume attended the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery and Memorial. The event was organized jointly by the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Also in attendance were Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Deputy Prime Minister (and Minister of Defense) Etienne Schneider, Commander of the Luxembourg Army Romain Mancinelli, among other dignitaries from Luxembourg and the United States.

The ceremony was also open to the public and began with an F-16 flyover followed by speeches from both Luxembourgish and American dignitaries.

Some more photos of the event (although no more of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, unfortunately) at, courtesy of the US Embassy in Luxembourg.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wedding of Caroline von Neipperg and Philippe de Limburg-Stirum

Photo: Bernard Moritz / Abaca / Atlantico Press
Yesterday, Countess Caroline of Neipperg and Count Philippe of Limburg-Stirum married in a religious ceremony in Saint-Émilion in south-western France where her family owns a wine estate. Philippe is the brother of Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Stirum, the son-in-law of Luxembourg's Princess Marie-Astrid.
Photo: Bernard Moritz / Abaca / Atlantico Press
 A few pictures of the nuptials can be found at Atlantico Press. Eagle-eyed me spied Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen (first picture above, on the right) and Archduke Christoph and Archduchess Adelaide with their baby daughter Katarina (same picture above, on the left) in the pictures. One of the bridal children was Count Léopold of Limburg-Stirum, son of aforementioned Count Rodolphe and Archduchess Marie-Christine. I believe that it is also Marie-Christine from behind in the second picture considering she is holding Léopold's hand.

I expect there to have been more members of the Luxo-Liechtenstein family in attendance but sadly there aren't very many pictures of the guests. Stay tuned, we will let you know if anything else pops up.

Henri Attends an Academic Session for SNL

Photo: Jim Meisch / Cour grand-ducale
Not the American late-night comedy program, of course.

Rather, the Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois (abbreviated as SNL), which was founded in 1890 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. On Thursday, Grand Duke Henri attended an academic session at Abbaye de Neimënster to honor the society's focus on cultivating the study of natural sciences and encouraging the sustainability of natural heritage.

Grand Duke Henri was accompanied by Camille Gira, the Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure.

After the academic session, the Grand Duke visited the Musée national d'histoire naturelle Luxembourg for a reception and received the honorary book published on the occasion of the society's 125th anniversary.

A little more information, and another photo, at the Cour website.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grand Duke Henri Supports the Protection of Water Resources

Photo: Charles Reisner / Cour grand-ducale
On Wednesday, Grand Duke Henri attended a selection of workshops focused on the protection of water resources in Luxembourg. Each presentation demonstrated the different methods that farmers and others in the agricultural industry are using to make the most of current water resources and reduce pollution. At the end of the visit, Grand Duke Henri toured a farm. 

Also in attendance was Fernand Etgen, the Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection in Luxembourg. The workshop presentations included members of the Chamber of Agriculture, the Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre (Naturpark Uewersauer), the Syndicat des Eaux du Barrage d'Esch-sur-Sûre (SEBES), and the Administration des services techniques de l'agriculture (ASTA). Additionally, students from the Lycée Technique Agricole in Ettelbruck explained how water resources protection is currently a part of their educational program.

Some more photos at the Cour website and at Tageblatt.