Grand Ducal Family cancels events, state visit to mourn Grand Duke Jean

The Grand Ducal Family has cancelled their events after the death of their beloved patriarch, Grand Duke Jean on 23 April after a battle with a pulmonary infection.

This morning, the Grand Ducal Court announced that the planned state visit from Cabo Verde’s President Jorge Carlos Fonseca had been postponed. It was due to last from 7 to 9 May, and the rescheduled date has not yet been announced.

Grand Duke Henri has also cancelled all of his events for tomorrow.

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It is not believed any member of the family will undertake engagements until the funeral on 4 May. There are currently no engagements listed on the Grand Ducal Family’s calendar for the foreseeable future.

Luxembourg is currently in a national state of mourning until 4 May. All flags in the country have been lowered to half staff in memory of late Grand Duke Jean.

There will also be no school of any kind on 4 May, the Ministry of Education has said.

The state funeral for Grand Duke Jean will take place on Saturday, 4 May at the Cathedral of Luxembourg.

Grand Duke Jean died shortly after midnight on 23 April surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from a pulmonary infection. He was 98.

Grand Duke Henri announced the death of his father at 6.00 am on Tuesday in a statement released by the Court:

“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.”

His death has led to widespread mourning across the tiny country of Luxembourg. He was a beloved figure in the duchy and a World War II veteran. A humble man, he was known for his warmth and generosity.

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