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Old 06-26-2020, 07:13 PM
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I used to think Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was an absolute delight.

I still think she has some great qualities...she is obviously intelligent, brave, ferociously devoted to those she loves. But I am concerned about what appears a great need for the spotlight. Her husband is either unwilling or unable to assert control.

Henri's consort needed her own website for reasons i could not understand ...and now her own Twitter account separate from that of the Court?

I think Guillaume, Stephanie and eventually little Prince Charles are going to have their work cut out for them when it is their turn to take the Throne. ...if there is still one to take.

Because Henri is not exactly in his dotage...he is only in his early to mid-60's. I do not see him retiring soon.
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Old 06-26-2020, 09:04 PM
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I used to think Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was an absolute delight.

I still think she has some great qualities...she is obviously intelligent, brave, ferociously devoted to those she loves. But I am concerned about what appears a great need for the spotlight. Her husband is either unwilling or unable to assert control.

Henri's consort needed her own website for reasons i could not understand ...and now her own Twitter account separate from that of the Court?

I think Guillaume, Stephanie and eventually little Prince Charles are going to have their work cut out for them when it is their turn to take the Throne. ...if there is still one to take.

Because Henri is not exactly in his dotage...he is only in his early to mid-60's. I do not see him retiring soon.
I agree with you. For instance, it didn't make sense to me that Maria Teresa was the principle featured Royal Family member in the Paris Match Belgium edition's recent article on the very heels of the birth of Prince Charles. Stephanie and Charles should have been the focus, since Stephanie is Belgian [and that's a Belgian magazine and the Belgians are going to be interested in a fellow-Belgian] and Prince Charles is the long awaited heir. I suspect M-T's PR machine had something to do with making her the focus instead.

Maria Teresa was as you say, an absolute delight [during the early years of her marriage at least]. I suspect, I speculate, and this is my personal opinion, when Henri was rumored to have a mistress it affected M-T terribly and she may have started to react, get angry, want to continue being relevant [since she may have felt she no longer was relevant in her marriage] and thus started her incessant pursuit of the spotlight.

It does appear sometimes as if she is the monarch and Henri is the consort, not the other way around.
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Old 06-27-2020, 01:30 AM
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https://twitter.com/MariaTeresa_Lux isn't a verified account yet. I wonder if she's trying to get around the Waringo report recommendations. I'm also surprised https://www.grande-duchesse.lu/ hasn't been taken down yet or redirected to Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Where is the new Court Marshal Yuriko Backes ? She took office June 1 but already the Grand Duchess has her own twitter. Not a great start.

To be fair, Maria Teresa has a lower profile. Excluding her statements/video messages and such, her last activity outside Berg Castle or palace was the May 4 visit to Luxembourg Institute of Health. GD Henri handles most public duties with HGD Guillaume appearing more recently.
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Old 06-27-2020, 01:44 AM
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https://twitter.com/MariaTeresa_Lux isn't a verified account yet. I wonder if she's trying to get around the Waringo report recommendations. I'm also surprised https://www.grande-duchesse.lu/ hasn't been taken down yet or redirected to Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Where is the new Court Marshal Yuriko Backes ? She took office June 1 but already the Grand Duchess has her own twitter. Not a great start.

To be fair, Maria Teresa has a lower profile. Excluding her statements/video messages and such, her last activity outside Berg Castle or palace was the May 4 visit to Luxembourg Institute of Health. GD Henri handles most public duties with HGD Guillaume appearing more recently.
Maria Teresa doesn't have a low profile. She is using the media very well and gives interviews quite often. Her website is much more professional than the website of the Grand Ducal Court's with a lot of info about her work and a lot of flattering photos of her.
Engagements _ Maria Teresa, Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg
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Old 06-27-2020, 02:43 AM
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I meant lower profile as in less public events. GD Henri has more events. MT hasn't been out as much after knee surgery, family emergencies, and now the pandemic. February looks to be her busiest month with 4 outings.

Of course her website is better than the Cour's website which was created many years ago. On second thought, it's understandable the websites haven't been updated or merged. Reforming the court and hiring staff takes priority.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if MT gets her own Instagram and Facebook soon.
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Old 06-27-2020, 02:56 AM
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The problem was not so much the use of social media and Internet by the Grand-Duchess. The problem was sticking her nose into businesses which were not hers.

M Jeannot Waringo concluded that the most important decisions concerning staff were taken by the Grand-Duchess, whether at the level of recruitment, dismissals or department assignment.

M Waringo recommended the Maréchalat du Cour and the Administration des Biens would need to work together to take on an important role, allowing the government to approve changes. The government required more input into the use of taxpayer funds allocated to the Court.

With the new Maréchal and the investigation by the Government exactly how many staff and finances are required for the functioning of the Court, dividing the staff required for official functions, and those required as personal staff to the grand-ducal family, changes are under way.

This is just a reorganization, long overdue and already done at many other Courts, which will only strenghten the monarchy because it brings transparency and serenity into its functioning. There is a new Maréchal, there will be a new Président de l'Administration des Biens and the recruitment of a Directeur de l'Administration et Ressources Humaines is currently processing.
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Old 06-27-2020, 05:48 AM
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I do not agree , the Grand Duchess caused personal damages to people of her Court !
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:34 AM
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MT now longer turns up for state events it seems but simply pursues her own agenda and only her own agenda.

This is IMO because she still smarts from being told in the Waringo report that she has no role at top of the Grand Ducal Court. What Waringo meant, it would seem to me, is that the Grand Duchess has no formal role in charge of the whole court as it is the Grand Duke who is given a Court and an allowance to staff his official residences and his official duties as Grand Duke.
Likewise, why should public funds be used to create and maintain a personal website dedicated solely to the Grand Duchess? Especially when the main Cour website is so outdated. In other words why is the focus Le Grand Duchess and not the institution of the sovereign?

Why the Grand Duchess can't accept a similar arrangement to every other consort, including those of the cousins in Belgium and Netherlands is beyond me.
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Old 06-27-2020, 07:52 AM
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Possibly MT is more interested in digital communication about her work. Her husband might not be bothered to tweet.

TM, like others who have or have not held responsibe positions, has certainly earnt the right to have a facebook or Instagram page.

To make the court more transparent is surely a good thing yet quite a separate issue from any individual's personal freedom of speech.
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:10 AM
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I meant lower profile as in less public events. GD Henri has more events. MT hasn't been out as much after knee surgery, family emergencies, and now the pandemic. February looks to be her busiest month with 4 outings.

Of course her website is better than the Cour's website which was created many years ago. On second thought, it's understandable the websites haven't been updated or merged. Reforming the court and hiring staff takes priority.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if MT gets her own Instagram and Facebook soon.
I would say that contributes to the problem: not doing your job (which would be to accompany her husband on some of his engagements and have a few of her own; i.e., being an active representing member of the family in support of her husband) but seeking the limelight in other ways (making the birth of the heir about you - both by the first photo shoot and a subsequent article with the GD as star of the show; and now adding a twitter account to it).
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:39 PM
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I would say that contributes to the problem: not doing your job (which would be to accompany her husband on some of his engagements and have a few of her own; i.e., being an active representing member of the family in support of her husband) but seeking the limelight in other ways (making the birth of the heir about you - both by the first photo shoot and a subsequent article with the GD as star of the show; and now adding a twitter account to it).
To be fair: there were hardly State Events during Corona and the ones in this period were very reduced. We have seen the grand-ducal couple every week, in internet sessions, to keep contact during confinement.

That the Grand-Duchess has her own agenda is not strange. For years we see Queen Máxima globetrotting the world, on her own. We seldom see the Dutch royal couple at a public function together.

We hear no complaining one about that but when it is the Grand-Duchess, suddenly this is framed negatively. But when we see Letizia, Mathilde, Camilla, Mary, Catherine, all of them have an own independent agenda.

After Corona we will see the Grand-Duchess escorting her spouse at State Visits, at the Fête Nationale, at important events, at the Octave. As usual.
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Old 06-27-2020, 12:50 PM
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To be fair: there were hardly State Events during Corona and the ones in this period were very reduced. We have seen the grand-ducal couple every week, in internet sessions, to keep contact during confinement.

That the Grand-Duchess has her own agenda is not strange. For years we see Queen Máxima globetrotting the world, on her own. We seldom see the Dutch royal couple at a public function together.

We hear no complaining one about that but when it is the Grand-Duchess, suddenly this is framed negatively. But when we see Letizia, Mathilde, Camilla, Mary, Catherine, all of them have an own independent agenda.

After Corona we will see the Grand-Duchess escorting her spouse at State Visits, at the Fête Nationale, at important events, at the Octave. As usual.
Yes, they have their own agendas. But their agendas never overshadow that of the actual reigning Monarch (expect in Mary's case, who is extremely attention hungry). MT acts like she is the reigning Monarch and Henri the consort. That rubs people the wrong way
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We'll see soon enough when Lux hosts its next State Visit.
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Old 06-28-2020, 03:46 PM
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The video of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa's interpretation of the famous Luxembourgian fable "D'Maus Kätti" has been released and can be found here:



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Old 06-29-2020, 08:53 AM
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The Paris Match Belgian edition has a long interview with Grand Duchess Maria Teresa where she discusses her interests, struggles, recent criticisms (Waringo report) , and joy of new grandson Prince Charles. A series of photos were published including a photo with Princes Noah, Gabriel, Liam, and Princess Amalia.

Interview de Maria Teresa de Luxembourg à “Paris Match” – Noblesse & Royautés

Excerpts: Maria Teresa de Luxembourg : "La naissance de Charles, c'est la vie qui reprend le dessus" - Paris Match

The full interview is now viewable on the Grand Duchess's website.

S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse se confie à Paris Match | Maria Teresa, Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg

Her remarks on the Waringo report: The Waringo Investigation into the Functioning of the Luxembourg Court 2019/2020
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:55 AM
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She stole de show of Hed Grand Duchess Stephanie , the happy Mother who waited such a long time!
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Reading her responses to the Waringo report, it seems like she is living in some LaLa Land and not in the real world. If you read between the lines, it seems she thinks Henri would not be able to get out of bed and dress himself without her "support".
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Grand Duke Henri sent a message of condolences to the President of the Lebanese Republic after the disaster in Beirut.

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