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Prince Charles of Luxembourg unveils new tree during World Scout Day event

The Hereditary Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg took part in an event celebrating World Scout day. 

On Tuesday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and their son, Prince Charles, arrived at Dräi Eechelen, a park in Luxembourg City.

The Royals were accompanied by Ms Lydie Polfer, Mayor of Luxembourg City. The ceremony has been organised by Scouting in Luxembourg to honour the work of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, who has been acting as Luxembourg’s Chief Scout since 2019. 

The event also involved the planting of a tree to celebrate the occasion in the presence of representatives from the National Federation of Explorers of Luxembourg and Luxembourg Guides and Scouts, two associations that have strong ties with the scouting world. 

The selected tree is a linden (or lime-tree), a species that was particularly loved by the late Grand Duke Jean. The choice was a homage to the late Royal, who acted as Chief Scout for more than 80 years.

During his speech for the tree-planting ceremony, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume said: “Planting a tree is never just a simple gesture. It is a strong and hopeful sign because the tree is the symbol of a life that needs to be protected and strengthened.”

That is why the plaque installed under the tree reads “In honour of HRH Prince Charles of Luxembourg, born on the 10th of May 2020”, as well as recognising the work Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume did since his appointment. 

It is presumed that, at some point, Prince Charles will inherit his father’s role in the Scouts, in a symbol of generational continuity. But for now, the toddler seemed content with eating the snacks provided and being tickled by some of the attendants.

The Scouting movement in Luxembourg counts today more than 7500 young people participating in the national net, which is divided into 85 different groups.