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Luxembourg royals open property for Ukrainian refugees

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg will offer housing for Ukrainian refugees on some of their private properties. 

Luxembourgish Prime Minister Xavier Bettel made the announcement on Tuesday, 29 March, during a press conference. 

However, the Prime Minister was unable to reveal further details on when the refugees are expected to arrive, how many people will be able to receive shelter in Grand Ducal properties or even which properties have been selected to be opened to the refugees. 

This comes as Luxembourg is said to be currently giving shelter to more than 4000 Ukrainians, all of them having arrived in the country over the past month. 

The offer of private properties follows the example of other royal families that have opened some of their palaces to host Ukrainians fleeing from their war-torn country. 

The Belgian Royal Palace was the first to make the announcement, in mid-March, that Their Majesties had agreed to open some apartments managed by the Royal Donation to house up to three families. The Royal Donation is the “organisation that makes private property available to the Royal Family.” 

The Royal House of the Netherlands soon followed, with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima agreeing to open the doors of Het Oude Loo castle, near the town of Apeldoorn, a structure that can house a maximum of 30 people. 

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg has been very active in the efforts to welcome Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the attack. 

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa welcomed a mother and son to the palace and listened to their story, which, like many others, narrated the horrors of the attacks. 

Most recently, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie took her son, Prince Charles, to a preschool in Findel, a small village in the south of the country, where the little Prince took the opportunity to play with other children while the Princess talked with Ukrainian mothers who had fled the country to take the babies to safety.