Royal Christmas lunch for the socially vulnerable

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(MSS) Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Teresa accompanied by Prince Louis and Princess Tessy on Wednesday joined the traditional Christmas lunch organised by "Stëmm vun der Strooss" for the socially vulnerable.

About 350 homeless, financially disadvantaged or mentally ill people, as well as people suffering from substance addiction, came to the Bonnevoie cultural center on Wedneday, where they enjoyed a tasty Christmas lunch and received gift bags with clothes.

The even was organised by humanitarian organisation “Stëmm vun der Strooss”.

Shortly after noon, the party saw the arrival of four royal guests and two politicians when the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess and the Prince and Princess joined the lunch together with Health Minister Lydia Mutsch, Chamber of Deputies president Mars Di Bartolomeo and Luxembourg City mayor Lydie Polfer, who were all greeted by representatives of the organisation and warmly welcomed by the guests.

The Grand Ducal couple emphasised the importance of a Christmas party like this, and said it brings a bit of joy to those who don't exactly live on the sunny side of life.

"Stëmm vun der Strooss" targets the homeless and poor, asylum seekers, ex-prisoners, drug addicts, people suffering from mental illnes and other people who are socially vulnerable and might not have anybody to spend Christmas with.

The organisation has thrown the annual Christmas party since 1966 in cooperation with Red Cross and with support from the Health Ministry.