Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg
5 January 1921 – 23 April 2019
As Luxembourg mourns their former head of state, Grand Duke Jean, royals from around Europe have sent their condolences to Grand Duke Henri on the death of his father.
Grand Duke Jean was 98 and died peacefully surrounded by his family on 23 April 2019.
Grand Duke Henri made the announcement early this morning saying, “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.”
Royals have sent their sympathies to the Grand Ducal Family with both private and public statements. Those who have publicly released their messages are below:
The first to send a condolence message was Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, whose divorce from Grand Duke Jean’s grandson, Prince Louis was recently finalised. She posted her message on Instagram saying:
“Today Gabriel and Noah lost their most loved Great Grand Father in this whole world. I have never looked up and admired a man so much as HRH Grand Duc Jean. He welcomed me with open arms, he always made me feel incredibly loved and welcomed, we shared incredible moments together, laughed a lot, talked a lot with each other, I loved him so much!
Rest in Peace Monseigneur. I will always hold you close in my heart and profound memories❣ Luxembourg and the world lost an incredible leader- one we can and should all aspire too.”
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Today Gabriel and Noah lost their most loved Great Grand Father in this whole world. I have never looked up and admired a man so much as HRH Grand Duc Jean. He welcomed me with open arms, he always made me feel incredibly loved and welcomed, we shared incredible moments together, laught a lot, talked a lot with each other, I loved him so much! Rest in Peace Monseigneur. I will always hold you close in my heart and profound memories❣ Luxembourg and the world lost an incredible leader- one we can and should all aspire too. “When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. […] And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed (By maya-angelou)
The Belgian Royal Family were among the first to share their condolences. Grand Duke Jean was the uncle of King Philippe of the Belgians and brother-in-law of King Albert and Queen Paola. In a tweet, the family said ”Grand Duke Jean was unanimously respected and well loved in Belgium as well as in Luxembourg. His courage, his dignity and his elevated sense of duty will stay with us as an example. The whole of Belgium shares the sadness of the people of Luxembourg.”
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands paid a touching tribute to Grand Duke Jean which underlined the value they placed on his friendship. In a statement, they said “We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. We are grateful for his friendship and warmth, and we cherish our many fond memories of him. Grand Duke Jean was a wise and unassuming man who sought to unify. His considered approach and humanity helped foster peace and trust, both in his own country and in Europe as a whole. We have lost a friend, and we look back with affection on many special moments with him. Our thoughts are with Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and all the members of their family.”
More tributes came from Margareta, Custodian of the Crown in Romania who said, in a statement ”Her Majesty Margareta learned with much sorrow the news of the passing of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. The entire Royal Family of Romania is alongside the Grand Ducal Family, in these difficult and painful moments.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf told Svenskdam, “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.”
This is an evolving story. Please check back as more condolences are released.