(CS/NiM) Luxembourg Crown Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie on Sunday visited the country's “Nordstad” with tours of Ettelbrück and Diekirch.
The Nordstad combines several Luxembourg communes and urban regions, including Ettelbrück, where the royal visit began at 11am on Sunday. Guillaume and Stéphanie were welcomed by the mayor of Ettelbrück Jean-Paul Schaaf, and his colleague from Diekirch Claude Haagen, as well as a number of other members of local government.
Following a trip through Ettelbrück's pedestrian centre, Guillaume and Stéphanie looked on as children of an athletics club showed their skills. In a speech at the church square the mayor officially welcomed the couple and spoke of the Nordstad's history.
Nordstad project manager Jean-Marc Friederici also said a few words, before Guillaume and Stéphanie continued their trip with a short journey to Diekirch, where they visited the Laurentius church and an art exhibition.
The “Al Dikkrich” fair offered a chance for lunch and of course a sip of the town's famous beer. Local music groups played for Guillaume and Stéphanie in both towns. The couple signed the Golden Books of Ettelbrück and Diekirch and the towns' mayors presented a joint present to the young royals – a painting by Ettelbrück artist Jos Grosbusch entitled “Créer des besoins”.
The visit was one of many to local development centres around the country – the so-called “Centre de développment et d'attraction”. Guillaume and Stéphanie have previously visited the regional centres in Mersch, Vianden, Echternach, Rédange/Attert, Dudelange, Esch/Alzette, Clervaux, Luxembourg City, Differdange, Junglinster and Grevenmacher.