08 July 2009

National Day in Luxemburg




2 weeks ago I and a friend where together in Luxemburg for the National Day. The celebrations in the Captial started on 22.06 at 16h00 CEST with the the Changing of the Guard at the Grand Ducal Palace. There where a lot of people there but luckily we coud get a good sight. In the Evening the Festivities contnued with a Folklore and Torchlight Procession at the Place Guillaume II. We arrived just short before the Grand Ducal Family arrived there
. Present where Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, Tessy de Nassau (the next day she was raised to Princess of Luxemburg) and Prince Sebastien. The Family watched the procession from a Platform. After the Procession a big firework took place over the Point Adolphe and the Valée de la Petrusse. We stand direct behind a podest from where the Grand Ducal Family watched the Fireworks but there where too many people to see them. later we could see them leaving. We then went to the Grand Ducal Palace and only a few minutes later the Grand Ducal Family left the Place in Cars to travel back to Berg Castle. On the next day we went early in the City to the Cathedral where the Family arrived at the entrance at the Boulevard Roosevelt. The first to arrive where Prince Louis and the new Princess Tessy with Prince Sebastien, followed by Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Prince Félix. The last to arrive where the Grand Ducal Couple. After the very short Te Deum the Grand Ducal Family left the Cathedral through the Main Entrance at the Rue Notre Dame. We decided to go to the Avenue de la Liberte where the Parade would took place. There where lots of people so one could not see very much but my friend who is bit bigger the I could make some photos from the Grand Ducal Couple and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume. We didn't stay until the end of the Parade because we had to travel further.


The Changing of the Guard at the Grand Ducal Palace

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The Folklore and Torchlight Procession

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In the background the Grand Ducal Family on the Platform

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The Fireworks


The Grand Ducal Family arriving at the Cathedral

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Prince Louis, Princess Tessy and Prince Sebastien


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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Prince Félix


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Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa


The Parade

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