Several members of the Grand Ducal Family were evacuated last night from their holiday home in the south of France. This included Grand Duke Henri, his wife Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, some of their children, Grand Duke Jean and several members of the extended family were holidaying in the south of France when they were all evacuated.
At least 12,000 people from the area have already been evacuated, and the fire currently rages in an area of over 4,000 hectares near Bormes-les-Mimosas. The Grand Ducal Family has remained unharmed and is at a secure location. French authorities have asked the EU for help with fighting the fire. More than 4,000 firefighters and 19 water-bombers have been mobilised to extinguish the flames. So far, 12 firefighters and 15 police officers have been injured.
The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess have released a statement to thank the French authorities and the local mayor, police and firefighters for their work.
The immediate Grand Ducal Family consists of Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, his wife Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Prince Félix, his wife Princess Claire and their children Princess Amalia and Prince Liam, Prince Louis and his sons Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah by his former wife Tessy Anthony, Princess Alexandra and Prince Sébastien.
The family recently celebrated Luxembourg’s national day with its traditional torchlight procession, an official ceremony at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the military parade on the Avenue de la Liberté. The National Day celebrations continued with an inter-religious Te Deum mass, co-celebrated by the Archbishop of Luxembourg, the Chief Rabbi of Luxembourg and the Imam of the Muslim community. The National Day celebrations ended with a gala reception at the Grand Ducal Palace.