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Grand duke Jean of Luxembourg (98) death
Royalty, the grand-Duke Jean d’Aviano, the former head of state of Luxembourg, has died this morning. That the Luxembourg court in a short press release announced. Grand duke Jean was 98 years old and died of pneumonia. He ruled from 1964 and carried in 2000 the throne over to his eldest son Henri, the current grand duke of Luxembourg. He was also the brother-in-law of king Albert II.

Jean married in 1953 with princess Joséphine Charlotte, sister of the Belgian kings Baudouin and Albert II. Together they got five children. In 1964 he succeeded his mother grand duchess Charlotte as head of state of Luxembourg, a position he until October 2000 fulfilled. Under his reign grew in Luxembourg to a tax haven.

After his retirement, pulled Jean back at the castle, Fischbach, in the north of Luxembourg. His wife died in 2005 and in recent years he took less and less part in public life, even if it was Jean in 2014, however, still present in Normandy for the big international commemoration of D-Day. He was one of the few from a royal family, who during the Second world War, participated actively in the fighting.

His 95th birthday was three years ago, still celebrated, in the presence of, among others, king Filip and queen Mathilde. Recently he was sick; his family gathered together the last days around his death bed.

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