Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A look at the life of Grand Duke Jean

In the run-up to the funeral of the late Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who died earlier today, I will be featuring postcards and photos from my collection.

This post focuses on the young Jean's life, as the Hereditary Grand Duke.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg (1921-2019)

Cour grand-ducale / Jochen Herling

"It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of my beloved father, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean, who has passed away in peace, surrounded by the affection of his family."

Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano of Luxembourg, eldest son of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma was born on January 5, 1921, at Colmar-Berg.  On April 9.1953, he married Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium.

They had five children:  Princess Marie Astrid (1954), Grand Duke Henri (1955), Prince Jean and Princess Margaretha (1957) and Prince Guillaume (1963).

Jean succeeded his mother, following her abdication on November 12, 1964, as Grad Duke Jean.  He abdicated in favor of his eldest son, Grand Duke Henri on October 7,2000.  Grand Duchess Josephine died in 2005.

Grand Duke Jean was 98 years old.  He is survived by five children, twenty-two grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

The late Grand Duke, as Hereditary Grand Duke, served in the Irish Guards during the second world war and took part in the liberation of German-occupied Luxembourg.

He received the Order of Garter in 1972.  His banner will be removed later today from St. George's Chapel.

The funeral will take place at Luxembourg's Cathedral on May 4.


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Sunday, April 21, 2019

BREAKING NEWS Grand Duke Jean in Critical condition

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg's condition has deteriorated, according to the latest bulletin from the Grand Ducal Court.
"The state of health of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean has significantly deteriorated since last night.

The whole Grand Ducal family is gathered at the bedside of Grand Duke Jean."

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 Grand Duke Jean, 98, has been in the hospital with a pulmonary infection.  He is the father of the present Grand Duke Henri and reigned from 1964, when his mother Grand Duchess Charlotte abdicated, until 2000, when he abdicated in favor of his eldest son.

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Queen celebrates her birthday on Easter

Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence 
Duke of Sussex with Peter and Autumn Phillips

Zara & Mike Tindall and Duke of York and Princess Beatrice of York

The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor

The Duke of Sussex

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Thank you to my friend Katrina Warne for allowing me to publish the photos she took earlier today at Windsor. She is the copyright holder.

Prince Heinrich of Prussia (1862-1929)

HRH Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia was born on August 14, 1862, at Berlin, the third child of Friedrich III, German Emperor, and his British wife, Victoria, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.

Heinrich was the only surviving brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

On May 24, 1888, at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin,  he married his first cousin, Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, the third daughter of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and By Rhine and his wife, Alice, second daughter of Queen Victoria.

They had three sons: Prince Waldemar (1889-1945), Prince Sigismund (1896-1978) and Prince Heinrich (1900-1904).  Prince Waldemar and Prince Heinrich were hemophiliacs.

Heinrich rose to the rank of Grand Admiral in the German Navy.  After the fall of the German monarchy,  the prince and his family retired to Hemmelmark, their estate in Schleswig-Holstein.  It was at Hemmelmark where Prince Heinrich died on April 20, 1929.  He was 66 years old.  The cause of death of throat cancer.

This link will tell you more about Princess Karl of Isenburg, who was the recipient of the postcard of Prince and Princess Heinrich and their family