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Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg celebrate 500th anniversary of Château de Chambord

Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Château de Chambord on Saturday in France by attending a gala event.

After the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess’s arrival, they enjoyed drinks in the French garden before taking a private tour of the exhibit “Chambord 1519-2019: utopia at work.” They were guided on their tour by the display’s curators, Dominique Perrault and Roland Schaer.

Their Royal Highnesses were also present for the opening of the “Decoration of the Itinerant Court.”

© Grand-Ducal Court / Samuel Kirszenbaum

© Grand-Ducal Court / Samuel Kirszenbaum

The Grand Duke was the Honorary President of the 500th anniversary of the Château de Chambord event and spoke a few words during the evening. He spoke of his connection to the building and his family’s memories of time spent there.

Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were not the only royals present at the event. Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and his wife, Princess Camilla.

Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and his wife, Princess Camilla seen seated behind the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess. © Grand-Ducal Court / Samuel Kirszenbaum

After the event had concluded, the Grand Ducal Court released several images from inside the celebration taken by Samuel Kirszenbaum.

© Grand-Ducal Court / Samuel Kirszenbaum

The Château de Chambord, one of the most recognisable chateaus in the world due to its French Renaissance architecture, is located in Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France. Construction began in 1519 on the orders of King Francis I of France so he could use it as a hunting lodge.

© Grand-Ducal Court / Samuel Kirszenbaum

It is open to the public to visit, opening at 9.00 am each morning. It is open all year with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There is free access to the parks all year round, but it will cost you € 14.50 to tour the historic building.

You can find out more about the chateau on their website here.

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