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Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean hospitalised

The Grand Ducal Court of Luxembourg has announced that Grand Duke Jean, 98, has been hospitalised with a pulmonary infection.

The Marshall of the Court made the announcement today, adding that His Royal Highness is under observation.

No further details on the Grand Duke’s health were provided.

He was last hospitalised in December 2016 with bronchitis. He spent two weeks in the hospital at that time.

His Royal Highness celebrated his 98th birthday on 5 January of this year.

The Grand Duke in a photo released for his 98th birthday. © Grand Ducal Court / Vic Fischbach

His Royal Highness lost his sister, Princess Alix, earlier this year. She died at the age of 89 on 11 February 2019, and her funeral was held at the Château de Beloeil in Belgium. No cause of death was given.

Grand Duke Jean is the father of Grand Duke Henri who currently sits on the throne of Luxembourg. Jean abdicated in favour of his eldest son in October 2000. He had been on the throne for nearly 36 years at the time of the abdication.

Jean married Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium in 1953, and together, they had five children (Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria, Grand Duke Henri, Prince Jean, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, and Prince Guillaume).

Joséphine-Charlotte died at her home in 2005 after several years battling lung cancer. She was 77.

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