Category Archives: Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg

HRH Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg Inaugurates the  Luxembourg Pavilion in Venice.

On the afternoon of Thursday, April 21, 2022, Her Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg accompanied by the Luxembourg Minister of Culture, Ms. Sam Tanson, inaugurated the Luxembourg pavilion at the 59th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Venice.

The Hereditary Grand Duchess officially opened artist Ms. Tina Gillen’s Faraway So Close. According to a press release:

“Faraway So Close is a large-scale installation presenting a new suite of paintings made especially for the Luxembourg pavilion. Referencing the Sale d’Armi’s history as a military storage space Gillen presents canvases on supports inspired by painted film backdrops, ‘…as if the paintings were only there temporarily, waiting to be moved again, rearranged…’ Themes such as landscape and dwelling that are recurrent in Gillen’s work accompany more recent pictorial research on the representation of natural phenomena that elude our control as well as ‘uncertain landscapes’ marked by climate and environmental changes brought about by human activities.”

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/R.Banfi

HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg Visits the Cathédrale Notre-Dame to View the Restoration of an Organ.

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg visited the Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City to learn about the renovation of the 1938 Haupt symphonic organ, the largest instrument in the country with 6,000 pipes.

According to the Cour Grand-Ducale, the Haupt symphonic organ has:

“…6,000 pipes (the majority of which come from the initial organ of 1841) and its 102 stops, the most prestigious organ in the country has accompanied the most memorable Luxembourg ceremonies such as princely weddings, the Octave or the Te Deum of the National Holiday.

In 2008, it was decided that the organ needed to be restored. After twelve years of studying and planning, the restoration was entrusted to the prestigious Austrian company, Rieger Orgelbau. In 2020, full restoration of the Haupt symphonic organ. The inauguration of the Haupt symphonic organ will take place on November 22, 2022, with a concert by the titular organist of Notre-Dame de Paris, Mr. Olivier Latry.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/S.Margue

HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg Renews Her Commitment to the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg.

Photo courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/M.Dessard

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg renewed her support and commitment to the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg on the occasion of World Autism Day.

The lovely Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has been High Patron of the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg since 2018.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Fondation Autisme Luxembourg and the work they do please visit their official website here.

HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg Participates in a Meeting in Paris, France.

His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg was in Paris, France on Thursday, March 31, 2022, to participate in a meeting with the Business Club France-Luxembourg (BCFL).

Established in 2015, the BCFL gathers over 350 French and Luxembourgish companies and entrepreneurs from “…all sectors of activity. Its objective is to facilitate networking, partnerships, and synergies between economic players in the two countries…” notes the Cour Grand-Ducale in a press release.

During yesterday’s important gathering, which was held at the home of the Ambassador of Luxembourg in France, Her Excellency Mrs. Martine Schommer, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume gave an uplifting speech whereupon he stated, “…your economic activity does not take a break. You live daily relations between Luxembourg and France, you even embody a part of this essential economic relationship between two neighboring and friendly countries.”

Photos courtesy of the Business Club France-Luxembourg/M.de Coatpont

Her Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg Views the Exhibit, CRAFT 3.0: The Extension of the Gesture.

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, Her Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg visited the immersive art and fine crafts exhibition entitled, CRAFT 3.0: The Extension of the Gesture, held at the 1535° Creative Hub in Differdange, Luxembourg. The exhibition was organized by the De Mains de Maîtres Luxembourg, an association whose mission is to sustain the commitment to creators and craftsmen.

According to a press release from AALT Stadhus, the purpose of the exhibition is to:

“…question various Luxembourg and European players in the fields of artistic craftsmanship and new so-called additive technologies, in order to glimpse the tremendous interest that there may be tomorrow in bringing together and combining these old and new skills. Beyond the eternal debate between tradition and progress, it clearly appears today that digital techniques are not intended to oppose the gesture or to make it disappear, but can on the contrary prove to be a great way to extend it, or even increase it!

The exhibition aims to explore the current and future shift from secular gestures toward a new craft nourished and enriched by digital techniques. CRAFT 3.0 offers the visitor a didactic journey dealing with both an inventory of art crafts today and a projection into a digital future that questions the world of creation more than ever.”

CRAFT 3.0: The Extension of the Gesture will be open to the public until June 26, 2022. For more information please click here.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/M.Dessard

TRHs Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg Learn How to Make Chocolate!

On the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg visited the Genaveh Chocolate Factory in Steinfort.

Established in 2005, by Ms. Geula Naveh and taken over in 2017 by young entrepreneur Ms. Alexandra Kahn, Genaveh chocolate factory produces handmade high-quality chocolates from its small workshop. The company owes its reputation “…to its delicious chocolate bonbons: More than 80 varieties have been created to satisfy the finest palates as well as the most greedy…” according to the company website.

During today’s visit, the royal couple learned how to make chocolate and were informed about the creative process around the development of each of Genaveh’s recipes. The company only uses high-quality raw materials and, as much as possible, local products for all of their chocolates.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/S.Margue

HRH Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg Enjoys a Day with the Scouts.

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg participated in a panel discussion with members of the Fondation du Scoutisme Mondial in Cents, Luxembourg. His Royal Highness is the President of Scouting In Luxembourg which organized yesterday’s event.

His Royal Highness along with the Director of the World Scout Foundation, Mr. Marc Knippenberg, and members of the Organisation Mondiale du Mouvement Scout, discussed the role of the Fondation du Scoutisme Mondial in supporting the international development of Scouting, and the importance of the Scout movement in today’s world.

In the evening, His Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume along with dozens of guests gathered around a campfire for a convivial reception on the theme of “outdoor cooking”. So, what did they eat? I don’t know…probably hot dogs and hamburgers.

Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/S.Margue