The Grand Ducal Palace is a palace in Luxembourg City. It is the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and where he performs most of his duties as head of state of the Grand Duchy.
The building was first the City Hall of Luxembourg from 1572 to 1795, the seat of the prefecture of the Département des Forêts in 1795 and then the headquarters of the Luxembourg Government in 1817. From 1817, the palace became the residence of the Governor, the representative of the Dutch Grand Dukes.
Today, the palace is used by the Grand Duke in the exercise of his official functions. He and the Grand Duchess, together with their staff, have their offices at the palace and the state rooms on the first floor are used for a variety of meetings and audiences. On Christmas Eve, the Grand Duke’s Christmas message is broadcast from the Yellow Room.
Foreign heads of state are accommodated at the palace, as guests of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, during official visits to Luxembourg and the Ballroom is the setting for state banquets in their honour. Throughout the year, numerous other receptions take place at the palace, such as the New Year’s reception given for members of the Government and the Chamber of Deputies.
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