On 6 June, Alfons Schneider receives the Grand Golden Order of Merit from the Republic of Austria. And as if that were not enough, the year 2002 is a quasi “super anniversary year” for the Schneider family. Alfons and Michaela Schneider celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, parents-in-law Drs. Elfi and Heimo Kandolf celebrate their golden wedding. There are also milestone birthdays to celebrate: Alfons Schneider turns 65 and his mother, Hedwig, is a century young. There is also an anniversary for the Habsburg brand, with stylish hunters having tracked down our prize pieces for ten years now. Much is also going on in Europe. With the introduction of the Euro, the EU has its first common currency.