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An update on Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg’s health

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg is feeling better, the Grand Ducal Court has announced. The 98-year old was hospitalised earlier this week due to a pulmonary infection. Grand Duke Jean will remain in the hospital for observation.

“The evolution of the health of Grand Duke Jean is favourable,” the Grand Ducal Court announced in an official statement. His Royal Highness was hospitalised on Saturday due to a pulmonary infection. The Marshall of the Court stressed that Grand Duke Jean would remain in the hospital for observation for the time being.

The Grand Ducal Court did not provide any more details on Grand Duke Jean’s health.

The news comes as a lovely birthday present for the current Grand Duke, Henri and his son, Prince Sébastien who celebrate their 64th and 27th birthdays, respectively today.

The father of Grand Duke Henri has been having some health issues for a few years now. In 2016, he was hospitalised with bronchitis. He is not often seen in public anymore and lives at Castle Fischbach, Northern Luxembourg.

The last time Grand Duke Jean attended an official engagement was at the end of March when he visited the “Stand Speak Rise Up” seminar. The seminar was an initiative taken by his daughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and had the goal to end sexual violence in conflict-stricken areas.

Grand Duke Jean reigned for nearly 36 years from 1964 until 2000. Then he stepped down in favour of his son Henri, the current Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

Grand Duke Jean reigned with his wife Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte by his side. He married the Belgian Princess, a daughter of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians, in 1953. They have five children together: 3 boys and two girls. The pair enjoyed their retirement together until the death of Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte at the age of 77 in 2005. She died of lung cancer.

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Laura is from Belgium and has a passion for all things royal. She is Europe Correspondent for Royal Central since October 2016 and has contributed to other news websites. In her daily life she is a fulltime student in EU-politics and political communication.