Fresh off their visit to Venice that also included some sightseeing, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie were in Paris today, where they commemorated the end of the Second World War in Europe 70 years ago today. On May 8, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender of its armed forces in Berlin after a similar paper was already signed a day earlier in Reims, France, though not officially announced.
The Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess took part in a solemn ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, during which French President François Hollande laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier to mark Victory Day. During the ceremony they also ran into U.S. Secretary of States John Kerry.
SAR le Grand-Duc Héritier du Luxembourg et son épouse rendent hommage à Jean Thill, mort pour la Libération de #Paris pic.twitter.com/kaS2zZBdAb— Rémi Féraud (@RemiFeraud) May 8, 2015
Accompanied by seven students and two teachers of the Lycée technique de Bonnevoie, the couple then visited the Mémorial de la Shoah to view the permanent exhibition. Afterwards, the Luxembourgish delegation unveiled a plague honouring Jean-Michel Thill, a Luxembourger who died during the liberation of Paris. They then headed to the army museum to see the exhibition "Churchill - de Gaulle" in presence of family members of the two statesmen. They day will end with a performance of play "Ami entends-tu?" (Friend, can you hear me?) at the Cour d’honneur des Invalides.