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Grand duke Jean, the king himself to the front pulled

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He was the only king that his weapons included the war against the Germans during the Second world War. In Luxembourg is grand duke Jean of Luxembourg, who at the age of 98 died, therefore, seen as a true war hero. The uncle of our king Filip freed after Brussels also has its own Luxembourg, to his small country then to build up a tax haven.

“He was a symbol of our country.’ The prime minister of Luxemburg, Xavier Bettel spoke visibly moved the press after the grand-duke Jean night in his sleep was death. He honoured …

“He was a symbol of our country.’ The prime minister of Luxemburg, Xavier Bettel spoke visibly moved the press after the grand-duke Jean night in his sleep was death. He honoured the faithfulness and commitment of the former head of state during different phases in its ‘impressive life’, in particular during the Second world War. ‘We are him grateful.’

The then crown prince (officially: ‘erfgroothertog’) Jean was in may 1940 with his family of Luxembourg fled after the nazis, the Grand duchy had been invaded. The beginning of a nomadic lifestyle, where the family first in France, the townspeople and then the United States and Canada. The young Jean studied law and political science in Quebec.

War hero

But Jean wanted his people to suffer under the German yoke. The call to his country to serve, was too great. In november 1942 – he was 21 – he performed as a voluntary soldier in the British army. The royal lieutenant was convinced that his death would be. He knew that he was not spared, would be as the prince, especially because he is so recognizable, was a special bracelet that he of his mother grand duchess Charlotte had gotten.

In the battle of Normandy in June, July and August 1944 fought Jean in the front line. In september 1944, he made the liberation of Brussels and a few days later, Luxembourg. Until the end of the world war he continued to fight against the Germans. Grand duke Jean must be just about the only (future) head of state that has actively fought. In Luxembourg, he is therefore a war hero called. He received several military awards and decorations.

In 1964 came Jean – in the meantime, married Josephine Charlotte of Belgium, sister of kings Baudouin and Albert – on the throne as grand duke. Under his reign grew to Luxembourg into an international financial centre and a tax haven. He himself was one of the richest monarchs of Europe. Its capacity is estimated at 10 billion euro. In 2000, in the sight of his eightieth birthday, he carried, after more than 35 years the power over to his eldest son Henri, the current grand duke of Luxembourg.

As a retired drew grand duke Jean is back in the castle of Fischbach, in the north of Luxembourg. He was in 2005 a widower after the death of Josephine Charlotte. Certainly the last years of his life he stayed away from the limelight. In 2014, he travelled still to Normandy, to the international commemoration of D-Day to attend. His last public appearance made grand duke Jean at the end of march: he encouraged his daughter-in-law grand duchess Maria Teresa, during a conference against sexual violence in war zone.

Grand duke Jean was more than a week ago in the hospital with pneumonia. There he is in the night of Monday to Tuesday died, surrounded by his family. He leaves 5 children, 21 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren behind.

Our prime minister, Charles Michel writes on Twitter: “My sincere condolences to the grand ducal family and our Luxembourg neighbours. A lot of privileged and close ties uniting our two countries. We lose an endearing personality, which are close to the people.”

The Luxembourg politician Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, expresses it this way: “His Royal Highness, grand duke Jean was always close to the Luxemburgers, who today are united in the same grief. His death is a great loss for the Grand duchy and Europe.”

Grand duke Jean will be Saturday, may 4, at 11 a.m. burial in the cathedral of Luxembourg city.

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