On Tuesday 4 July, HRH Grand Duke Henri and HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa were at Mondorf-les-Bains for the start of Stage 4 of this year's Tour de France.

Yesterday, Monday, Stage 3 saw the 3-week tour pass through the Grand Duchy from north to south; today, Stage 4 started in Mondorf and exited the Grand Duchy via Schengen before finishing up in the town of Vittel in the Vosges.

Along with the royal couple were Luxembourg's Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, Secretaries of State Guy Arendt and Francine Closener and Minister of Sports, Romain Schneider. Before the start they talked with Luxembourg's lone representative in this year's race, Ben Gastauer, and were at the start line for the departure of the cyclists.

Photos by Claude Piscitelli © Cour grand-ducale / tous droits réservés (L-R): Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt; Secretary of State for Economy, Francine Closener; Prime Minister and Minister of State, Xavier Bettel; the Luxembourgish cyclist Ben Gastauer; Minister of Sports, Romain Schneider; HRH the Grand Duke; HRH the Grand Duchess