Luxembourg is preparing to say a final farewell to Grand Duke Jean. His funeral takes place on May 4th with thousands of his fellow citizens expected to line the streets around the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Luxembourg City to show their respects. National mourning continues for the man who ruled the European nation for 36 years and who is held in much affection by many.
Since Jean’s death, on April 23rd 2019, many tributes have been paid to him. And among the most poignant is the collection of photographs which has been shared by his family over the past week. From his time as Head of State to his support for sport, his bravery as a soldier to his devotion to his dynasty, many facets of Jean’s life have featured in these special images. Here’s a look at some of the special moments shared in the days since his death.
His royal family
Jean’s devotion to his wife, children and their families shines through in the photographs published in recent times.
Jean’s long reign marked a sea change in the perception of Luxembourg on the international stage. His family have paid tribute to his determination to expand the country’s profile during his rule and beyond.
The man behind the throne
Jean’s many interests in life have also been remembered in the photos shared by his family to mark his long life. He was a passionate advocate of the scouting movement as well as a supporter of sports on a local, national and international level. He also promoted arts and culture.
Luxembourg first, Luxembourg always
His country always came first and that was perhaps never more evident that in 1944 when, on service with the Irish Guards, he helped liberate Luxembourg from Nazi occupation. He’d already seen active service in several of the hardest fought battles of World War Two but walked into his homeland, years after being forced into exile, as a hero.
His family’s deep devotion and admiration for Grand Duke Jean is clear to see in the images and words they have shared as they come to terms with their loss and prepare for a final goodbye. Their decision to publish these treasured memories on social media, for the world to celebrate, has helped bring his remarkable royal story to many more. It is a photo album that marks a soldier, a hero, a diplomat, a politician, a statesman, a family man, a friend. They are memories that tell the story of a life well lived, filled with love and a fitting farewell to Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg.