On the evening of Friday, March 18, 2022, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg attended a benefit concert, organized by Croix-Rouge Luxembourgeoise, for the refugees affected by the war in Ukraine. The concert was performed by the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg, conducted by Mr. Lionel Bringuier, accompanied by pianist Bruce Liu. On the program: Frédéric Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2”.
According to the Cour Grand-Ducale, all of the proceeds raised will be “…allocated to humanitarian receptions in order to meet their basic needs.”
Photos courtesy of the Cour Grand-Ducale/S.Margue/Philharmonique du Luxembourg/A.Salgueiro
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrived at the Cercle Cité in Luxembourg City to view the exhibition, Hitchcock: The Brand.
The exhibition centers around the brand that the late filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock, created throughout since the beginning of his legendary career:
“As part of this exhibition, we attempt to analyze and illustrate the deliberate and extremely calculated fabrication of this “brand”, this universal public and highly lucrative image. He used a multitude of methods and systems that enabled him to establish a powerful, original, and effective brand image on par with his ambitions.
This exhibition unveils the private collection of Paul Lesch, a great enthusiast of the world of Alfred Hitchcock.”
Hitchcock: The Brand will be open to the public until April 10, 2022. For more information about the exhibition please click the link below:
On Thursday, March 17, 2022, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg accompanied by the Minister for Immigration and Asylum, Mr. Jean Asselborn, the Mayor of Luxembourg City, Mrs. Lydie Polfer, visited the SHUK Emergency Accommodation Structure and Reception Center in Kirchberg.
The SHUK reception center was established by the Government of Luxembourg to help those fleeing Ukraine due to the war. At this time the reception center holds 250 beds. Pets are also welcomed “…[there is a] special area for them. The Administration of Veterinary Services will regularly visit the emergency accommodation structure to support the regularization of the animals...” according to the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Luxembourg.
During today’s visit, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri met with SHUK officials and toured the center. The Grand Duke also spent time meeting with various Ukrainian refugees who “…shared with him their experiences of war and exile… [he] comforted them by confirming the empathy of all the people of Luxembourg…” notes the Cour Grand-Ducale.
On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg met with Ukrainian refugees, Iryna and her son, Yaroslav, at the Palais Grand-Ducal in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
According to the Cour Grand-Ducale during the meeting Iryna told her story of how she and her son fled Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict:
“…[Iryna and Yaroslav] boarded a crowded train which took them to the Hungarian border. [On the train there was an] Ukrainian woman who resides in Luxembourg who was returning home. Together, with three other compatriots, they reached Bratislava from where they flew to Charleroi thanks to the generosity of Luxembourg friends. From there, a car was waiting to take them back to the Grand Duchy.
During the meeting, Mrs. Anna Dolya, a representative from the LUkraine Association and Mr. Claude Radoux, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Luxembourg gave an update on the situation in Ukraine. Faced with a humanitarian emergency, the Grand-Ducal Couple praised the enormous work and efforts of the associations mobilized in unison, without forgetting the numerous citizen actions of solidarity with the Ukrainians.”
On March 7, 2022, Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg hosted a dinner for members of the Luxembourg government at Château de Berg.