On December 24, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg delivered his annual Christmas speech from the Grand Ducal Palace. Click the link below to watch.
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On December 14, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg held an audience with Mr.Victor F. Rashnikov at the Grand Ducal Palace. Mr.Rashnikov was sworn in as the Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in the Russian Federation prior to meeting the Grand Duke.
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This afternoon at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg, T.R.H.s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa along with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume hosted a reception for participants in humanitarian aid missions as well as operations of peacekeeping from the Luxembourg Army and the Grand Duchy police.
Also this afternoon, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended a Christmas concert benefiting the SOS Children’s Village in Luxembourg.
On December 6, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg received fan audience with General Stéphane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (ACT) of the Treaty Organization (NATO) at the Grand Ducal Palace.
Yesterday, H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke the company, Ceratizit. During his visit the heir to the grand ducal throne toured the production site which produces industrial electronics, automotive stuff and petroleum. To view photos please click here.
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On November 21, 2011, T.R.H.s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg visited the l’Atert-Lycée Redange in Luxembourg.
After touring the campus grounds, classrooms and workshops the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess participated in a “Q & A” session with the faculty as well as students of the school. At the end of the day, they had lunch in the cafeteria.
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Meanwhile, H.R.H. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mr. Jeannot Krecké, are currently on a trade mission in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
On Sunday, the Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, along with his delegation, inaugurated the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in Abu Dhabi. Also in attendance was H.R.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan and Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qassimi.
According to the official website for the government of Luxembourg:
The Embassy, the first Luxembourg Embassy in an Arab country, will be headed by a non-resident ambassador, George Faber. The opening of the Embassy is placed in the context of a reorganization in the short and medium term the Luxembourg diplomatic network to better represent the interests of the country in a changing international context. It also reflects the commitment of Luxembourg in its efforts to deepen relations with the UAE, as well as to strengthen its presence especially in the Gulf region. source
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On November 17, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg had an audience without he members of the Board of Directors of the Association of Ombudsmen and Mediators of the Francophone (AOMF) at the 7th Congress of the Association in Luxembourg. Whew. Long sentence. To view a photo please click here.
On his last day in Vietnam, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg was in Ho Chi Minh City where he, along with his delegation, participated in several meetings. According to the Vietnamese newspaper, Vietnam Plus, at a meeting with the Chairwoman of the People’s Municipal Council, Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam:
…the Grand Duke said Luxembourg firms operating in the city are pleased with their Vietnamese partners. He said he believed the two countries’ businesses will cooperate in a positive and more effective manner.
Tam spoke highly of Luxembourg ’s assistance to Vietnam , including HCM City , hoping that Luxembourg will continue helping the city overcome difficulties such as infrastructure, traffic congestion, environmental pollution and shortage of high-quality human resources.
On the same day at the workshop, Grand Duke Henri affirmed one of his purposes in visiting is to promote business and trade ties.
Apart from Vietnamese and Luxembourg business people operating in Vietnam , the economic and financial workshop drew representatives of more than 20 Luxembourg firms accompanying the Grand Duke. They included companies operating in automatic machines, satellites, aviation, financing, investment funds, architecture, construction and eco-technology. source
On November 7, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg began his four-day official visit to Vietnam. Accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Marie-Josée Jacobs, and the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, Jeannot Krecké the Grand Duke and his delegation arrived the Presidential Palace where they were officially greeted to the country by President Truong Tan Sang.
Per the official site for the government of Luxembourg, Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg:
After the official welcoming ceremony and inspection of the honor guard, the two leaders had a first exchange of views. After the meeting, a memorandum of understanding on the provision of expertise and technical assistance to the financial sector, capacity building and training was signed by the Minister of Cooperation and Action humanitarian, Marie-Josée Jacobs, and the Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, in the presence of two heads of state.
The program of HRH the Grand Duke also included meetings with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, General Secretary of the Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the National Assembly, Nguyen Sinh Hung.
For their part, members of the Government accompanying the Head of State also had interviews with their respective counterparts. On the agenda of these meetings have primarily featured bilateral relations, economic, financial and development cooperation between Vietnam and Luxembourg.
Moreover, the foreign minister of Luxembourg spoke on EU-Asia relations at the prestigious Diplomatic Academy in Hanoi. After his presentation, he had the opportunity to have discussions with teachers and students of the Academy.
Since 1995, Vietnam is a country of Luxembourg cooperation partner, who takes the form of projects including bilateral, multilateral projects and projects implemented by NGOs in Luxembourg.
Particularly in this context that HRH the Grand Duke and his delegation visited the rehabilitation center at the hospital Bach May . This project of Handicap International Luxembourg, supported by the Luxembourg Government, aims to strengthen rehabilitation services for victims of spinal cord. This project provides training of specialists assigned to spinal unit of the hospital, which will eventually become trainers in their provincial counterparts. As a reference center, and this unit will support the development of provincial centers.
HRH the Grand Duke and the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam had the opportunity to continue their discussions at a formal dinner hosted by the President in honor of the Head of State of Luxembourg.
To mark the official banquet at the Government Guest House in Hanoi, HRH the Grand Duke, first of all congratulated Vietnam for its integration into the global economy, especially its accession to the World Trade Organization ‘which has contributed to economic growth.’ source
Tomorrow, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri will visit the National Monument of Heroes and Marthers then travel to the cities of Hue and Ho Chi Minh City on November 10, 2011.
On October 10, 2011, H.R.H. The Grand Duke Henri had an audience with the officers of the Chamber of Deputies, at the palace in Luxembourg, on the occasion of the opening of Parliament. To view a photo please click here.
Meanwhile, H.R.H. The Hereditary Grand Duke Prince Guillaume visited Delphi Automotive Systems to honor as well as celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. Whilst there the prince visited development workshops and then launched the “Fuel Handling Labor” (no idea what that is, sorry.) Delphi Automotive Systems operates in the areas of developing energy systems and motors for the automotive industry and has now opened its new laboratory tests with aims to reduce CO2 emissions. To view photos please click here.
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On October 12, 2011 at the grand ducal palace in Luxembourg T.R.H.s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa meet with a delegation of participants from the Special Olympics World Summer Games 2011 in Athens. They were accompanied by Mr. Romain Schneider the Minister of Sport in Luxembourg. To view a photo please click here.
On October 3, 2011, H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg met with former French Resistance fighter, author, BCRA agent, and diplomat Stéphane Hessel, at the palace in Luxembourg. To view a photo please click here.
This evening H.R.H.Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume will attend a panel discussion on Stéphane Hessel’s 2010 booklet, Indignez-vous. So what is the booklet about you may ask… well:
Hessel argues that the French need to again become outraged, as were those who participated in the Resistance during World War II. Hessel’s reasons for personal outrage include the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor, France’s treatment of its illegal immigrants, the need to establish free press, the need to protect the environment, importance of protecting the French welfare system, and he calls for peaceful and non-violent insurrection. source
The Hereditary Grand Duke Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg has been quite busy these past few days. Yesterday, the prince attended the 21st Krazibierg Gala Charity Foundation. As honorary president of the foundation it was his duty as well as pleasure to show up.
On October 1, 2011, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg attended the funeral of the late H.I.R.H. Archduke Felix of Austria at the Klosterkirche Muri in Switzerland. Finally, this morning at the Cathédrale de Luxembourg, the grand duke participated in a Mass in honor of National Commemoration Day in Luxembourg. After the service he attended a ceremony the Monument National de Solidarite Luxembourg.