i wonder what they think about becoming grandparents at their age and of this whole thing in general.
GD Henri is only 50, GD Maria Teresa only 49 and they will be grandparents soon (comparison: GD Jean was 60 and GD Josephine-Charlotte 53 when their first grandchild Guillaume was born).
In the announcement there is emphasized that they are supporting the upcoming young parents and it is for sure a great delight for them:) ... but on the other side they are royals and thus they have certainly mixed feelings.
It is a little bit problematic because Louis is only 19 (and the third son!), his companion a commoner and they won't marry before the child is born.
Great Grandfather Jean happy birthday first great grandchildren!
Yes Great Grandfather Jean is living 84 year and happy birthday first great grandchildren on four generations royal family 2005/2006.!
His wife grand duchess Josephine Charlotte death same year 2005 and she have not see first great grandchildren.Grandfather Jean 85th birthday on next year 2006 in january.
Royal family Luxemburg have 21 grandchildren to grandparents Jean and Josephine-Charlotte.21 grandchildren have come funeral to his grandmother Josephine-Charlotte.
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angry? no b/c children do not ask to come into this world. do i believe that both parties involved could've used much better judgement? absolutely. they both are old enough to know the consequenses of their actions, especially the action of....well you know. but since they've decided to keep the child, it show's maturity on their parts. however, we will never know what went on behind the scenes. mt and h, as well as the girl's parental units, could've forced the two to own up to their mistake. on the other hand, on the more "romantic" side, the two could've said they they are soooo in love with each other, want to be together forever, and simply couldn't keep their hands off each other; as a result, a baby's on the way. as far as we know, it could be one of these things, both, or a whole other host of things involved. i'm going with the ideal of a little bit of all the above. nonetheless, none of us were there, well, i can vouch only for myself. all in all, i think congrats? are in order for everyone involved as they have decided to keep the child. so, one can only hope for a healthy baby...phew, that was a long one. btw, as i said in another post, i wonder how his siblings feel about becoming uncles and an aunt as well as how are mt and h adjusting to the idea of becoming grandparents at their age?
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'The Grand Duchess joins The International Paralympic Committee's Honorary Board'
"I would like to thank Sir Philip Craven for allowing me to join an organisation which is so close to my heart as it not only encourages athletes at a Paralympic level, but also gives enormous hope and inspiration to the many who are trying to surpass their physical boundaries on a daily basis"
Fifth throne anniversary of Grand Duke Henri Happy and less happy hours in 60 months of reign
Today five years ago, Hereditary Grand Duke Henri ascended the throne succeeding his father Grand Duke Jean.
"It will be an exchange in the continuity with our own style", had explained the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple Henri and Maria Teresa in an interview with the Luxemburger Wort.Since then five years have passed. A reason to look back at the first 60 months of Grand Duke Henri's reign.
Grand Duke Henro lead Luxembourg as sovereign in the 21st century. It has been a dignified throne achievement with the good participation of the population. Since the beginning the new sovereign showed himself as a human monarch and explained his engagement for the weaks in the society.
An impressive remembrance for many inhabitants of Luxembourg will be the 12 visits of the "Joyeuses Entrées" of the Grand Ducal couple in every anton of Luxembourg (Luxembourg, Esch/Alzette, Remich, Vianden, Mamer, Redange, Grevenmacher, Diekrich, Wiltz, Echternach, Mersch and Clervaux). On the national side as well as on the international side Grand Duke Henri fulfilled his duties during his five years of reign. Let's remember his annual presence at the National Day celebrations (22 and 23 June) or at this appearance at the National Remembrance Day in October. Granmd Duke Henri represnted Luxembourg internationally with the state vists in Spain, Slovenia, Danmark, Ireland, Italy and Slovakia such as a visit in the Vatican to Pope Jean-Paul II.
The death of his beloved mother Josephine-Charlotte on 10th January 2005 was for sure an arduous day in the life of Grand Duke Henri.
Reasons for celebratations were his 50th birthday on 16th April 2005 which he celebrate with his wife Maria Teresa and his five children. They can be pleased about the baby who will be born during next spring. Prince Louis, third oldest son of the Grand Ducal couple and his girlfriend Tessy Anthony are expecting their first child and are making the Grand Ducal couple to proud grandparents.
Text: Luxemburger Wort (translation from German to English) Pictures: scanned from Luxemburger Wort
1) the Grand Ducal family: Prince Felix, Prince Sebastien, GD Henri, GD Maria Teresa, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra, Hered. GD Guillaume
2) Grand Duke Henri celebrating his 50th anniversary on the Place d'Armes
3) Grand Duke Henri and Prince Guillaume during state visit in Bratislava
4) Grand Duke Jean signing his abdication
5) military parade on 23d June: GD Henri and Hered. GD Guillaume
6) Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte died on 15th January
7) Grand Duke Henri during National Day of Remembrance
8) GD Henri in Rome with State preseident Ciampi
9) Joyeuse Entrée in Remich
Summary and translation of a press release from the Luxembourg Government (the press release can be found here). French is not one of my natural languages, so I hope my translation is okay.
State Visit by the Grand Duke and Duchess to the Republic of Bulgaria
On the invitation of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will go on a State Visit to Bulgaria during 11-13 October.
The Grand Ducal Couple will be accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration and wife. The couple and their delegation will be accommodated at the Place Alexander Nevski in the centre of the capital Sofía.
# On the first day of the State Visit, Tuesday 11 October, after the welcoming ceremony and the military ceremonials, the Grand Ducal Couple will visit the Monument of the Unknown Soldier where they will pay their respects. They will also be given time for discussion with the Presidential Couple of Bulgaria, and after that they will go on a guided tour to the Saint Alexander Nevski Cathedral. On the evening of the 11th, the President and his wife will host a Gala Dinner at the Presidential Palace in the honour of the Grand Ducal Couple.
# On the second day of the State Visit, Wednesday 12 October, the Grand Ducal Couple will visit the National History Museum where they will have time to admire to admire the collections recalling the history of Bulgaria. After that, the Grand Duke will visit the National Assembly together with their Speaker, while the Grand Duchess and the wife of the President of Bulgaria will take part in the celebration of the tenth birthday of the S.O.S. Childrens Village in Dren, 45 km south-east of the capital Sofía. In the village of Dren, the Grand Duchess will visit the Luxembourg House and the first mother in the village and her six children. The Grand Duchess will also inaugurate a monument honouring the founder of the first S.O.S. Childrens Village. This visit will then be followed by a lunch offered by the wife of the President in the honour of the Grand Duchess, including important Bulgarian women personalities in the economic world, sports, care and associations. At the same time, the President of Bulgaria will host a lunch for the Grand Duke and the Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs.
During the afternoon of the second day of the State Visit, there will be a visit to the monastery Rila, located 120 km south of the capital Sofía. The monastery is on the UNCESCO list of world heritages and has been so since 1983, it symbolizes the awakening of the Slavic cultural identity after centuries of occupation. In the evening, the Grand Ducal Couple will host a concert in honour of the Presidential Couple. The concert will be followed by a reception and dinner.
# On the third day of the State Visit, Thursday 13 October, the programme includes a visit to the town of Plovdiv, located at the centre of Bulgaria, the second largest town in the country with 350 000 inhabitants. The Grand Ducal Couple, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor, will visit the old city and the traditional houses that hosts collections from local artists. The day also holds a visit to the monastery of Bachkovo, on the list of UNESCO world heritages, it was built in 1083, which hosts among the oldest religious monuments and painting in Bulgaria and the Balkans.
:) I like seeing Henri and Maria smiling still after all these years married. Also seeing more and more progress of new up-to-date technology happening in Luxembourg. I hope the new train have great success for the citizens all over.
Today the Grand Ducal Couple started their State Visit to the Republic of Bulgaria. Here are two pictures showing bits of the official welcoming ceremony and the review of the honorary guards in the capital of Sofía. The pictures are from Reuters/Yahoo.
Henri and Maria-Teresa are still in Bulgaria; is it just in mu imagination or have they been a bit gloomy lately...?
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