National Day in Luxembourg
June 22 -23 the Grand-Duchy celebrated the National Day.
Luxembourg’s Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visited the small town of Eschweiler in the Oesling on Saturday, the day before National Day.
Together with mayor François Rossler, the commune, as well as Higher Education Minister Martine Hansen, Delegate Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Marco Schank and Sport and Agriculture Minister Romain Schneider, hundreds of locals had gathered for a warm reception.
On Saturday, the day before Luxembourg’s National Day, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited Esch/Alzette.
This year, Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Health Minister Mars Di Bartolomeo, Interior Minister Jean-Marie Halsdorf, Family Minister Marc Spautz and Esch’s mayor Lydia Mutsch accompanied the royal couple.
Thousands of people flocked to Luxembourg City on Saturday evening to see the traditional torchlit procession and fireworks on the eve of National Day.
In the late evening the procession gathered at Boulevard Royal. This year, the parade also celebrated the 1050th anniversary of Luxembourg City and the groups taking part were dressed up to chronicle Luxembourg’s history through the years, from the Middle Ages to present day.
Hundreds of people took part in the procession, which features clubs and associations from around the country, from Guides and Scouts to marching bands, sports clubs, youth organisations and international associations.
The parade filed past the Luxembourg City town hall in Place Guillaume II where Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple, Princess Alexandra and the City’s college of aldermen cheered them on.
Several clubs had prepared small gifts for the royals, including flower bouquets for Maria Teresa and Stéphanie.
The procession took significantly longer than initially scheduled and the big firework, launched from Pont Adolphe, started nearly an hour late. A persistent drizzle somewhat dampened the spirits, but the crowds were there to celebrate and the party in the capital continued until the small hours of June 23, Luxembourg’s National Day.
On Sunday then, the Te Deum at the Notre Dame Cathedral and a military parade down Avenue de la Liberté will bring the celebrations to a close.