Funeral in Luxembourg
Their Majesties The King and Queen and Her Highness Princess Astrid, Mrs Ferner, were in attendance as His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was laid to rest today. The Grand Duke was the sovereign for 36 years.
Grand Duke Jean passed away on 23 April at the age of 98. He had lived out of the public eye since his abdication on 7 October 2000, when he was succeeded by his son, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
From throughout Europe
Members of Royal Houses from throughout Europe gathered to bid a final farewell at the funeral, which was held at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City. His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark were both in attendance.
Procession through the capital city
The Grand Duke’s casket was carried on a gun carriage through the streets of the capital in a procession from the Grand Ducal Palace to the cathedral. Following behind the casket were the closest family and members of the European Royal Houses. The casket was draped with the Grand Ducal Standard of Luxembourg.
The ceremony was led by the Archbishop of Luxembourg. A large wreath from the family was placed at one end of the casket, and the Grand Duke’s national orders lay on each side of it. The Grand Duke’s eldest child, Her Royal Highness Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, gave the first reading during the ceremony.
The Grand Duke was married to the late Josephine-Charlotte, Grand Duchess consort of Luxembourg. She was the daughter of Queen Astrid and King Leopold of Belgium and the cousin of King Harald and Princess Astrid. Queen Astrid was the sister of Crown Princess Märtha.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.