John of Luxembourg is death : “the hero of the Story”, the grand-duke is turned off

The grand-duke Jean of Luxembourg, whose state of health had again lately, is dead at the age of 98, according to an announcement made April 23, 2019 by the grand duke in the year, his son Henry, a week to the day after his 64th birthday. “It is with great sadness that I share the death of my beloved father, His Royal Highness the Grand-Duke Jean, who has passed away in peace, surrounded by the affection of his family, “was soberly informed the head of State.

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The Prime minister of the government of luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, has convened the press at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning to share the bad news at the same time as a first tribute : “I have the sad duty to announce the death of grand duke Jean at the age of 98 years, which occurred this morning at 0.25 continuing, he said. It is a hard time for the Grand Duchy of luxembourg and for all the inhabitants (…) It is a sad time for the entire grand ducal family. We deplore the loss of a great statesman, a hero and a good man. On behalf of the Government and of the country, I want to acknowledge the courage of the grand duke Jean, who has been, is and will remain a symbol for our country. (…) He fought for our freedom, for our independence and for the unity of our country.

The condition of the patriarch very much appreciated, who reigned for 36 years from 1964 to 2000, was a concern since his hospitalization on April 14, because of lung problems. “The state of health of His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Jean has significantly deteriorated since yesterday evening. The entire grand ducal family is reunited at the bedside of Grand-Duke Jean“, pointed out the court on the 21st of April, raising fears of an outcome disastrous.

Following the announcement of his death, the twelve days of national mourning have been decreed, until Saturday, may 4 at 18 hours, by the government, which observed a minute of silence during an extraordinary session of the council of ministers. The funeral of grand duke Jean are scheduled Saturday, may 4, at 11 a.m. at the cathedral, a date that has been chosen so as to “allow all delegations from around the world and Luxembourg to organize, “said Stéphane Bern, who has since 2017 luxembourg nationality, with the site of the daily Wort, of which he is an occasional contributor. “It is a head of State. And a lot of representatives of countries and of foreign governments will attend the funeral. All the kin large of the Grand-Duke will also be present : the 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, but also all the cousins and nephews and nieces of the Grand-Duke and grand-duchess Charlotte“, explains the journalist.

John of Luxembourg will be in the crypt next to his wife the grand duchesse Josephine-Charlotte (who died in 2005 died of cancer), daughter of Leopold III of Belgium, whom he had married on 9 April 1953, a union that produced five children : princess Marie-Astrid (65 years), the grand-duke Henri (64 years since the 16 April), prince Jean and his twin sister princess Margaretha (61) and prince William (56 years on may 1).

Jean of Luxembourg, “the hero of the Story” and high “very accessible”

Eldest of a family of six after the marriage of grand duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Felix of Bourbon, His Royal Highness the grand-duke Jean died a few weeks after his little sister, the youngest of the clan, the princess Alix, who disappeared on the 11th of February last ; princess Marie-Gabrielle, age 94, is the last survivor of six brothers and sisters.

Born on 5 January 1921 at the castle of Berg, Jean de Luxembourg had taken part in the 1944 allied landings in Normandy and the liberation of Brussels and that of his country, to the side of his father, in September of the same year. “It is a Hero of the story and it needs to be acknowledged as such“, reported as Stéphane Bern. He had succeeded his mother at the head of his country in 1964, adhering throughout his reign a strict neutrality and absolute discretion, while being a staunch supporter of the european construction. “He had this temperament, always put the oil in the wheels. He was a facilitator with the ability to still create the dialog“, observe the journalist franco-luxembourg about his diplomatic skills. In 2000, he abdiquait for the benefit of his son Henry, retiring then to the castle of Fischbach, and there appearing little in public.

Despite this large reserve until his last day, the grand duke Jean leaves the indelible image of a patriarch of the benevolent and popular, that Stéphane Bern, who has had the privilege to be around them, sums it up nicely : “He was a man of courtesy incredible, a simplicity, a kindness, a humility and a warmth quite amazing. He was a great man who was part of these rulers to be very warm for that courtesy, wanted to say something. It was something that was very accessible, (…) who has always thought the pleasure of the other. And an enthusiasm…