On Wednesday, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg attended an awards ceremony in Paris, France. She participated in the award ceremony of the Stéphane Bern Foundation for History and Heritage -Institut de France alongside Stéphane Bern and the French first lady Brigitte Macron.
The Stéphane Bern Foundation for History and Heritage – Institut de France was created in 2016 by Stéphane Bern and aims to “contribute to the protection of the Heritage and to finance projects of education and sharing of knowledge on History.” Stéphane Bern is very well-known in France as he hosts several TV shows about history. Last September, he was chosen by the French President Emmanuel Macron to identify several French monuments that needed important and necessary building work in order to preserve the French heritage.
Stéphane Bern is close to the Grand Ducal Family, so it’s no surprise that Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the award ceremony. The Patronage Prize was awarded by Brigitte Macron to the association “The Paths of Mont Saint-Michel”. The association was created 20 years ago and aims to promote the ancient pilgrimage routes leading to the Norman shrine of the archangel. They were also given 25000€ that will help the association in their future projects. The History Award was presented by the Grand Duchess to Loris Chavanette for his work “Ninety-five, The Terror in process” about the failure of the Republican attempt after the fall of Robespierre during the French Revolution which will lead to the accession to power of Napoleon Bonaparte. Loris Chavanette was also given 5000€.
Since Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended this event, she was unable to attend the funeral of Count Philippe de Lannoy, the father of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie. The Court said that the Grand Duchess was “very close to her daughter-in-law and she has constantly sent her thoughts and affection throughout this day.”