Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grand Ducal Family Marks 70th Anniversary of Grand Duchess Charlotte's Return from Exile

Photo: Chris Karaba / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu
70 years ago, on April 14, 1945, Grand Duchess Charlotte returned to Luxembourg after being in exile for five years. To mark the event, Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Grand Duke Jean took part in a commemoration ceremony at Place Clairefontaine in the city of Luxembourg at noon today. In the middle of Place Clairefontaine stands a statue in memory of Grand Duchess Charlotte.

At the memorial for his grandmother, the Grand Duke laid a wreath of flowers. Afterwards he, his wife and his father met with the last commander of the Grand Ducal Guard, which was disbanded in 1966, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Wagener. The first company of the guard, which was formed in March 1945, had welcomed Grand Duchess Charlotte in front of the Palais grand-ducal upon her return from exile. The event was also attended by various politicians including Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, the Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies, Simone Beissel, first deputy mayor Sam Tanson, and the Chief of Staff of the Luxembourg Army, General Roman Mancinelli.

Pictures of the day at Wort in German (which also has a video), Wort in French, Wort in English, Tageblatt, L'essentiel, Manuel Dias' website, and RTL, who also have a video as well. Also browse around all those websites I just mentioned for much more on Grand Duchess Charlotte's time in exile, her return to Luxembourg and what she meant to the people of Luxembourg during World War II (and beyond).

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