BREAKING NEWS: Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has died

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg died on April 23, 2019, at 12:25 AM Luxembourg time, at the age of 98. His death was announced by his son Grand Duke Henri on the official website of the Grand Ducal Family: “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.” Grand Duke Jean had been hospitalized with a pulmonary condition. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announced that a state funeral for Grand Duke Jean will take place on May 4, 2019, at the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Luxembourg.
Born in 1921, he was the elder of the two sons and the eldest of the six children of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her husband Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. He became Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 1964 when his mother abdicated in his favor. Jean reigned until 2000 when he abdicated in favor of his son Henri.
During World War II, Jean joined the British Army as a volunteer in the Irish Guards. He completed his military education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and later was promoted to lieutenant. Jean landed near Bayeux, Normandy on June 11, 1944, five days after D-Day. He took part in the Battle for Caen and the liberation of Brussels. On September 10, 1944, he took part in the liberation of Luxembourg before participating in the invasion of Germany.
In 1953, Jean married Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, daughter of King Leopold III of the Belgians and his first wife Princess Astrid of Sweden. After 52 years of marriage, Joséphine-Charlotte died in 2005. Jean and Joséphine-Charlotte had five children: Princess Marie Astrid, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, twins Prince Jean and Princess Margaretha, and Prince Guillaume.

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