From 9 to 13 July, as part of the annual visits organised in collaboration with Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO), the Grand Ducal Court was pleased to receive 658 students in Cycle 4 of Fundamental Education (10-11 years old) to the Grand Ducal Palace. As part of their traditional trip for the end of the school year, 29 classes from 27 schools of the country have discovered the Grand Ducal Palace before the summer opening of the doors to the public.
The primary objective of this initiative is to introduce a young audience to a historical building, where the official activities of the sovereigns of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg take place. An official guide of the LCTO guided the children through the Palace where they were able to discover how the sovereigns of Luxembourg live and work, the details of the protocol, as well as the works of art that are part of the decoration of the rooms in the Palace.
The visits for the school children were first organised in 2010 and are always a real success. There are twenty visits with a maximum of 40 students per group so that a maximum of children can visit the Palace during this special period of time. The number of teachers interested in these visits for their classes keeps growing as in 2015, only 370 students from 18 different schools visited the Palace.
From 14 July to 2 September, the Grand Ducal Palace opens its doors and offers guided tours in several languages. Part of the profits from these visits will be donated to the Foundation of the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess. The Foundation aims to support people facing material challenges and difficulties in Luxembourg or disadvantaged regions of the world.