U.S. Embassy Luxembourg – Statement on Death of Grand Duke Jean

The U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, responding to news of the death of Grand Duke Jean released the following statement:

The U.S. Embassy Community, the government and people of the United States join all those mourning the loss of Grand Duke Jean and expressing our most profound condolences to the family of the Grand Duke and to the people and government of Luxembourg. U.S. Ambassador Randy Evans said of Grand Duke Jean:

His role was indispensable in transitioning a people from the throes of identity annihilation, to the Grand Duchy his mother Grand Duchess Charlotte valiantly fought to preserve.  His was no easy task following in the footsteps of such a larger than life historical leader in a place so decimated by war and challenged by bigger powers all around.  But, he did it.  Without him, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg would not exist as it does today – thriving, expanding, and standing on its own as one of the most influential nations in the world.  Indeed, it stands on the shoulders of both Grand Duchess Charlotte and Grand Duke Jean.  With the people of the Grand Duchy, we mourn his passing, celebrate his life, and pray for comfort for his family and country he loved so much.