Luxembourg National Day 2018

Members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg celebrated National Day 2018 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. 

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On June 22nd, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie visited Esch-sur-Alzette while Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa visited Larochette, before joined the family for the torchlit retreat and fireworks display from the Place de la Constitution.

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On June 23rd itself, National Day, the Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, accompanied by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie, Prince Felix and Princess Claire, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Sebastian, attended the official National Day ceremony at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. After the ceremony, the Grand Ducal and Hereditary Grand Ducal Couple 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, the Grand Ducal Family 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 Palace in Luxembourg City.

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Grand Duke Henri wore Uniform with the Sash and Star of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau and the Star of the Order of the Oak Crown. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore an Elie Saab gown, the Belgian Scroll Tiara, modern pearl and diamond earrings, and Princess Ingeborg’s Pearl and Diamond Brooch with the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau. Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume wore Uniform with the Sash and Star of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau and the Star of the Order of the Oak Crown. Hereditary Grand Duke Stéphanie wore a pale green gown with the Turquoise Tiara and Parure and the Sash and Star of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau. and Princess Claire wore an Alexander McQueen gown with the Grand Duchess Adélaïde Tiara, diamond earrings, and the Sash and Star of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau. Princess Alexandra wore an Elie Saab gown with the Aquamarine Bandeau Tiara, diamond earrings, and the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau. Prince Felix, Prince Louis, and Prince Sebastian wore White Tie with the Sash and Star of the Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau..

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2 thoughts on “Luxembourg National Day 2018

  1. I must say, this is one of the nicest National Day appearances for the ladies! The Grand Duchess is looking fabulous lately! That pale lilac suit for the Te Deum service looks wonderful on her as well as the dark blue Elie Saab gown she wore for the gala dinner. She wore the Belgian Scroll tiara- no surprise there- but Crown Princess Stephanie wore the Turquoise Parure for the first time! At least I think it’s the first time she wears it and I think it’s the first time in a long time it’s been seen. Princess Alexandra looked great in her colorful evening gown and she also wore a tiara that we don’t see very often, the Aquamarine Bandeau tiara, which stood out beautifully against her dark hair. I thought Princess Claire’s morning dress was a bit bland, but she certainly made up for it with her evening gown. Grand Duchess Adelaide’s sapphire tiara was the perfect complement for it. She looked fabulous!

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