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King Carl XVI Gustaf on Grand Duke Jean: “I will remember a nice and friendly man”

As royals have issued statements and sent condolences to the Grand Ducal Family after the death of Grand Duke Jean yesterday, King Carl XVI Gustaf spoke to Swedish magazine, Svenskdam about the late Grand Duke.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was highly respected by me and my family. He was a faithful and devoted scout, and it was a pleasure to share this interest with him. I will remember a very nice and friendly man,” he said. 

Margareta Thorgren, the Chief Information Officer at the Royal Court, also told the magazine, “The royal family has been reached by the boring announcement of Grand Duke’s death, and also received information about when the funeral takes place.”

There is, so far, no word on who, if anyone, from the Swedish Royal Family will attend the funeral. No one in the family has any events scheduled for the day of the funeral.

Grand Duke Jean’s state funeral will take place on 4 May at 11.00 am in the Cathedral of Luxembourg. Further details are expected to be released in due course.

The former monarch died peacefully on 23 April 2019 at 12.25 am surrounded by his family. Grand Duke Henri made the announcement of his father’s passing at 6.00 am yesterday morning.

“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,” Grand Duke Henri said in a statement.

Others who have sent condolence messages include Her Majesty Margareta of Romania, Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, and the Belgian Royal Family.

Additional condolences and sympathies are expected to continue to roll in.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.