Last week, several members of the Grand Ducal Family hosted Luxembourgish soldiers and the police at Château de Berg during their annual reception which is held each year close to Christmas. It was first held in 2002. The spouses, significant others, children and parents of the members of the military and police were also invited to the Château de Berg’s grand dining room and the ceremonial hall.
Their Royal Highnesses Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were accompanied by their eldest son, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume; daughter-in-law, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie; and their youngest son, Prince Sébastien.
Also in attendance were Francine Closener, Secretary of State of the Economy, Internal Security and Defence and Donat Donven, Deputy Director General of the Grand Ducal Police, as well as Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Trade and General Alain Duschène, Chief of Staff of the Luxemburg Army.
The Grand Ducal Court released four images at the end of the week from the day’s festivities. The photos were taken by Marc Hermes.
It was significant that Prince Sébastien was in attendance with his parents, as he graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst earlier this year after a 44-week course alongside Jordan’s Crown Prince Hussein, Prince Wenzel of Liechtenstein and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain. He also joined the Luxembourg Army in early September of this year.
He took the oath administered by Secretary of State for Defence, Francine Closener with his proud parents, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Duchess looking on at Berg Castle (or Colmar-Berg).