Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg has released the following statement on Tuesday, 23 April 2019, following his father’s death.

Statement from Grand Duke Henri. Photo: © Cour grand-ducale

C’est ave grand tristesse que je vous fais part du décès de mon père bien-aimé, Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc Jean, quis nous a quittés dans la paix, entoure de l’affection de sa famille.

Grand Duke Henri’s message translated into English:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of my beloved father, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean, who has left us in peace, surrounded by the affection of his family.

Grand Duke Jean, who celebrated his 98th birthday in January, was admitted to hospital on Sunday, 4 April, following a lung infection.

A statement from the Grand Ducal Court said the Grand Duke’s condition had been improving and he was kept in for observation.

However, an update said the Grand Ducal Family were with the Grand Duke as his health had deteriorated on Saturday, 20 April.

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg. Photo: © Cour grand-ducale / Jochen Herling

He was head of state between 1964 until 2000 when he abdicated in favour of his son, Henri.

Grand Duke Jean’s funeral will be held on Saturday, 4 May 2019. Details will be advised in due course.

The Luxembourg Government, chaired by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel,met for an extraordinary meeting to observe a one-minute silence for the Grand Duke’s passing and proclaimed a period of national mourning until Saturday, 4 May, at 6.00 pm.

Flags will be at half-mast on buildings and in public places.

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