Yesterday, Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg were in Frankfurt, Germany to visit the Frankfurt Book Fair which takes place from 11 October to 15 October. They were accompanied by a delegation from Luxembourg, including Luxembourg’s Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt.
Before the opening, the couple met with Frankfurt’s mayor Peter Feldmann along with French President Emmanuel Macron, Walloon Prime Minister Rudy Demotte and Switzerland’s Vice-President Alain Berset to sign the town’s visitors book.
Frankfurt Book Fair’s guest of honour country this year is France and Luxembourg has been named partner of France’s pavilion “Frankfurt in French”. Prince Félix and Princess Claire attended the official launch of the book fair along with the delegation, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the official press release, France was chosen as guest of honour as part of a number of initiatives by the Institut Français, which read: “Since January 2017, the Institut français is holding a programme of multi-disciplinary events throughout the country, with the aim of exploring the diversity and renewal of French and French-speaking cultures. During the course of the cultural year 2017, numerous projects and events will echo the major themes of France’s appearance as Guest of Honour (innovation, the French language, and youth). The Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017 will be particularly involved in the main festivals, fairs and trade shows in Germany and will be contributing to reading-tours, exhibitions, literary competitions in schools and colloquia at universities. ”
Prince Félix and Princess Claire haven’t lived in Luxembourg since their wedding; they now live in the South of France which makes sense as to why they were asked to represent Luxembourg in the Book Fair.
Prince Félix and Princess Claire didn’t want to vote in the election in Luxembourg along with the Hereditary Grand-Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand-Duchess Stephanie, Prince Louis and Princess Alexandra last Sunday. They usually only come back to Luxembourg for big events such as Luxembourg’s National Day or the Closing of the Octave celebrations.