H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Has An Audience at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxemourg

H.R.H. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg had an audience of very special guests on May 23, 2011 at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg.  Apparently, back in February 2011, the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited a children’s hospital in Luxembourg.  Whilst there she met with various doctors, hospital staff, and patients. During her visit she promised the patients a tour of the Grand Ducal Palace and today she kept her word.

According to the official site for the for the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg, Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg:

After an arrival ceremony of the official delegation from the entrance of the Palace, the Grand Duchess wanted personally welcome her guests in the Hall of Honor. On the agenda, was a visit ‘to the discovery of the Palace’ and explained by the Grand Duchess… During this time the children were very interested in learning more about ‘Life at the Palace’ and they seized the moment to ask many questions to the Grand Duchess.

To view photos please click the link here.

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

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H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg Visits Japan

As I recently reportedH.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, will visit Japan starting on May 14-18, 2011.  And, well for the past several days much has happened.

To learn more about his official visit to Japan please visit the blog Luxarazzi here for more detailed information (the author is extremely knowledgeable regarding the Grand Ducal House of Luxembourg.)   🙂

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H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg to Visit Japan

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), H.R.H. Prince Guillaume, The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg will visit Japan starting on May 14-18, 2011.

It was also noted that the prince will:

… visit, Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress of Japan will invite H.R.H. Prince Guillaume to the Imperial Palace for a luncheon. His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan will have an audience with H.R.H. Prince Guillaume.

More information should be released… hopefully.

Source: MOFA

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Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg to Attend the British Royal Wedding

The Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg announced this afternoon that Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg will attend the upcoming British royal wedding on April 29, 2011.

According to the newspaper, Wort.lu:

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa Luxembourg will officially represent the world in the highly anticipated wedding. Whether other family members or political leaders to the Luxembourg delegation are, could not be confirmed yet.

This is wonderful news, in my opinion.  Hopefully within the next few days the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg will confirm the Grand Ducal couple’s attendance for the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011.

Source: Wort.lu

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H.R.H. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg Meets with the “Youth in Action National Service for Youth”

On April 7, 2011, H.R.H. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg met with various volunteers from the Youth in Action National Service for Youth.

According to the official website for the Grand Ducal family, many of the members from Youth in Action are from Luxembourg as well as overseas.  During his time with these volunteers there was an open dialogue whereupon the Youth in Action volunteers discussed their views about the state of the youth today as well as other key issues.

To view photos from today’s event please click the link: photos.

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

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H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg Meets with the LACS

On April 7, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg had a chance to meet with various United States officials as well as members from the Luxembourg American Cultural Society (LACS) at the palace in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

According to the official website for the Grand Ducal family, Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg, the purpose of the meeting was to, “… promote their association with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and in the real estate project in New Luxembourg Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA.” (Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg)

To view a photo from today’s meeting please click the link:  Photo

To learn more about the Luxembourg American Cultural Society please visit their website here.

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

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H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg Meets With the World Organization of Customs

Yesterday, March 30, 2011, H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg met with various members from the Heads of Customs Administration of the European Region of World Customs Organization at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

Looking dashing with his beard and smart suit the heir to the Grand Ducal throne entertained  and spoke with the members of the WCO.  To learn more about this event as well as to view a photo please click the link: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

Source: Cour Grand Ducale de Luxembourg

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H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg in Turkey

Recently, as in today,  H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg was in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.  The reason why he was there:  To discuss trade and economics with various politicians from Turkey.

According to the Luxembourg government’s official website:

HRH Hereditary Grand Duke and the Minister Jeannot Krecke also had a working meeting with Minister of State in charge of Foreign Trade, Mehmet Zafer. The two sides stressed the great potential that exists in developing economic and trade relations between the two countries. While criticizing the stalled negotiations with his country’s accession to the European Union, the Minister Zafer praised Luxembourg’s support for his candidacy.

During the interview with the finance minister, Mehmet Simsek, the excellent political relations between Luxembourg and Turkey have been highlighted. It is therefore necessary to ensure that entrepreneurs of both countries meet more often. Jeannot Krecke regretted that insufficient attention has expressed a Luxembourg industrial world for this mission. According to Minister Simsek, Istanbul has the ambition to become a regional financial center, and in this context, the Luxembourg financial center can serve as a model.

To learn more about this trip as well as to see photos please click the links: Article One and Article Two

Source: Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

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Happy Birthday to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

On March 22, 1956, María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla was born  in Havana, Cuba.

The Grand Duchess’s life has been an interesting one to say the least.  When Maria Teresa was just a wee tot she and her family fled Cuba during the revolution in 1959 and moved to New York City.  In time the family moved to Europe.  After graduating high school the lovely Maria Teresa Mestre enrolled at the University of Geneva in Switzerland where she majored in political science.  It was during her time at university that she met and eventually married the handsome and never aging (a then) Hereditary Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.

On February 14, 1981, the couple married in a beautiful Catholic ceremony at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.  Today, the couple have five children, two grand-children, and the people of Luxembourg admire her for her compassion, kindness, and warmth.

Yeah, she’s awesome.  🙂

So, Happy Birthday to the lovely Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg!

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A New Portrait of the Late Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg

This afternoon in Luxembourg Grand Duke Jean attended a ceremony at the Musée d’Art Moderne to unveil a new portrait of the late Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg.

The modern portrait was painted by Stephan Balkenhol and will be on permanent display at the Musée d’Art Moderne.

To view several photos of the portrait please click the links: Monarchie.lu and  Wort.lu

Source: Wort.lu

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A Photo Archive of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg: PHOTO UPDATES

This morning, in Luxembourg, the Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg released some lovely photos of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg in honor of their 30th wedding anniversary.

Some of the photos I have never seen before so it is quite a treat.  Please click the link to view: Photos

Another set of rare photos from RTL.lu: Photos

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Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary to Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg

Thirty years ago today on February 14, 1981, a young and dashing fairytale Prince named HRH Hereditary Prince Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg married the beautiful María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla at the gothic Norte Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.  Several years prior, the young couple met at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.    Both Henri and Maria Teresa were studying Political Science and somehow they met (I suppose they had the same classes, but who knows.)  In any event, the young couple soon fell in love and decided to marry.  According to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, “The more time we spent together it was more clear to us that we would spend our lives together.”

The soon to be Grand Duchess of Luxembourg wore a silk and fur-trimmed gown custom designed by Pierre Balmain.  Her simple yet lovely tiara was a handed down gift from the late Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg and is known as the Congo Diamond Tiara.

The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Henri, recently spoke with, Télécran, whereupon he recalls his wedding day:

This day I will always remember as the day that was such great joy. I will not conceal that I was a little excited about the enormous appeal, which had found our wedding in the media. At that moment, but in which my fiancee walked into the cathedral, any nervousness was gone, and I knew that we would now be forever by two for the tasks that would put life and my function to us to overcome together . This moment is one of my best memories.

Practically all members of the major royal  and princely houses attended the wedding including HM Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, King Olav of Norway, TSHs Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein,  all of the Belgian royal family, and many more.

Today the couple have five children and two grand children.  Moreover, the couple are still head over heels in love with each other.

So, Happy 30th wedding anniversary to the awesome Grand Ducal couple of Luxembourg!

To watch the enthronement of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg please click the link: Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

To watch a video clip of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa prepping for Luxembourg’s National Day please click the link:  National Day, 2010

To read more about the couple’s anniversary please click the link:  Wort.lu

Source:  Wort.lu

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HRH Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg in Doha, Qatar

While his father, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, is at home resting after having surgery, his son and heir to the Grand Ducal throne is hard at work.

On February 6, 2011, the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume was in Doha, Qatar on official business to discuss, “bilateral relations and ways of enhancing and developing them in various fields.” Whilst in the lovely country of Qatar he met with HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

To view several images of Guillaume and HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani please click the link: Photo and news summary

Source: QNA (Qatar News Agency)

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