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Luxembourg mourns the passing of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019)

Publié le mercredi 24 avril 2019

It is with deep sadness that the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in China informs of the passing of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019).

His Royal Highness The Grand Duke Henri made the following statement on 23 April 2019: “It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of our beloved father, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean, who passed away in peace surrounded by the affection of his family.”

Statement of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on the occasion of the death of HRH Grand Duke Jean:

"It is my sad duty to inform you that Grand Duke Jean has passed away last night at 0.25 a.m., at the age of 98. It is a difficult moment for us all, for our country, for the people of Luxembourg and all the citizens of the Grand Duchy. First and foremost, however, this is a difficult time for the grand ducal family, for Grand Duke Henri and the Grand Duchess, for Grand Duke Jean’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as for all the people close to him.

On behalf of the government and the country, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family, and wish them courage during this difficult time.

Grand Duke Jean was, and remains, a symbol of our country and of our shared history. He stands for conscientiousness, loyalty towards the country, love and unity with the people. Grand Duke Jean served as role model for all of us and, through his dedicated service, has left his mark forever.

He was born on 5 January 1921 at Berg Castle and assumed the title of Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg on the day of his eighteenth birthday. As young prince, he stood up for our values and beliefs during World War II, and took part in the Normandy landings as Irish Guard in June 1944. Three months later, he was present at the liberation of the capital. He helped to reconstruct the country after the war, and to restore stability.

Grand Duke Jean fought for our freedom, our independence and the unity of our country, and we will always be grateful and have the utmost respect for this commitment.

He was the head of state of Luxembourg between 1964 and 2000. During these 36 years, Grand Duke Jean accompanied major stages in the history of our country and led us through good and less good times. His devotion towards nature and his role as Chief Scout are well-known, his respect for man and animal, his love and commitment for the weak in society will remain unforgotten.

A family man has left us today. A great statesman, a hero, a role model – and an incredibly sweet and kind-hearted person."

Grand Duke Jean was a true friend of the People’s Republic of China, which he paid a State visit to in 1979.

A period of national mourning will be observed until Saturday, 4th May 2019 at midnight.

A book of Condolence will be open for signing at the Luxembourg Embassy:

Address: Unit 1701, Tower B, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gong Ti Bei Lu, Chaoyang District


Monday 29 April, Tuesday 30 April, Thursday 2 May, and Friday 3 May

from 10.00 to 12.00, and from 14.00 to 16.00.