Luxembourg National Day 2017

Members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg celebrated National Day 2017 with a series of celebrations on June 23rd. National Day or Nationalfeierdag is Grand Duke Henri’s Official Birthday, celebrated on June 23rd since 1961. Click HERE to take a look at last year’s celebrations.

Events started the day before as celebrations started with the traditional changing of the guard in the courtyard of the Grand Ducal Palace. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie made their annual trip to Esch-sur-Alzette, the second largest city of Luxembourg, while Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited the city of Bettembourg. In the evening, both the Grand Ducal and Hereditary Grand Ducal couples watched the annual torch-lit retreat and fireworks.

On June 23rd itself, National Day, the Grand Ducal and Hereditary Grand Ducal couples attended the official National Day ceremony at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. After the ceremony, the Grand Ducal and Hereditary Grand Ducal couples attended a military parade in the Avenue de la Liberté, where Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume reviewed the guard.

Later, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie attended a Te Deum service at the Cathédral Notre-Dame. It was an inter-religious service with Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox prayers in addition to Catholic prayers.

In the evening, Grand Duke Henri hosted a Gala Dinner for members of the Government, the Bureau of the Chamber of Deputies, the Council of State, representatives of the Judiciary, Heads of the Administration and Foreign Ambassadors at the Grand Ducal Family. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie were also present.

For the National Day Ceremony and Te Deum, Grand Duke Henri wore Morning Dress. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new red custom made Yves Dooms outfit.  Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume wore Morning Dress. Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie wore a Paule Ka orange dress for the ceremony, changing into a hot pink cape dress for the Te Deum. For the Parade, Grand Duke Henri and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume changed into Uniform with the Sash of the Order of the Oak Crown.

For the Gala Dinner, Grand Duke Henri wore Uniform with the Sash and Star of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new red lace Yves Dooms gown with the Belgian Scroll Tiara. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume wore Uniform with the Sash and Star of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau. Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie wore a purple gown, previously worn by the Grand Duchess) with the Oval Amethyst Tiara and Parure.

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