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Grand Ducal Family attends Mass to commemorate Grand Duke Jean six weeks after his death

On Saturday, members of the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg attended a special Mass to commemorate the late Grand Duke Jean who died on 23 April.

The traditional Roman Catholic Mass took place at Notre-Dame Cathedral of Luxembourg – six weeks after his passing. This marked the end of the official mourning period for the Grand Ducal Family.

© Grand Ducal Court / Sophie Margue

In attendance were Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, and Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (born a Princess of Luxembourg).

The Grand Ducal Court released five images from the Mass, as the press was not permitted inside for the service.

© Grand Ducal Court / Sophie Margue

© Grand Ducal Court / Sophie Margue

The former reigning Grand Duke died on 23 April with his family at his bedside. He had recently been admitted to hospital suffering from a pulmonary infection.

It was said at the time that he was admitted for observation, however, on Easter Sunday a further statement was released saying that the former monarch’s health had severely worsened.

© Grand Ducal Court / Sophie Margue

Grand Duke Jean was a beloved member of the Grand Ducal Family and was known for his gentle nature and warmth.

Grand Duke Jean’s body lain in state from 29 April through the 3 May at the Grand Ducal Palace for the people to pay their respects. A condolence book was also available to sign there and at Château de Berg and Château de Fischbach.

His funeral took place on 4 May with the Grand Ducal Family and an array of foreign royals in attendance. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess invited the public to the funeral Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral, and once registration opened, the tickets for the seats were sold out within minutes.

Grand Duke Jean, a beloved and influential figure in his country and around the world, was 98.

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