An outdoor photo exhibit paying homage to the life of the late Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg has arrived from the City of Luxembourg for display at the Luxembourg American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. The exhibit, entitled “Grand Duke Jean: A Life of Service (1921-2019)” opens August 1st, 2019 and will be on display until Saturday, September 7th. The 3.5’ x 4.5’ impressively tall metallic photos will line the sidewalks outside the Center at 100 Peter Thein Avenue. There is no cost to view this exhibit.
The 20-photo exhibit was created with photos from the holdings of the Grand Ducal Court and the Phototheque of the City of Luxembourg and displayed at the Place Guillaume II in front of the City Hall in Luxembourg City following the Grand Duke’s death at the age of 98 on April 23, 2019. Each photo is 3.5’ x 4.5’ tall. After its dismounting, it was gifted to the Luxembourg American Cultural Society.
Grand Duke Jean was born January 5, 1921 as the firstborn son of Grand Duchess Charlotte and Prince Felix. He was home schooled until 1934 when he attended Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, UK, a school known for the care given to character development, self-control, discipline and social etiquette. He later studied law, philosophy and political science at Laval University in Montreal.
During the invasion of the German troops, the Grand-Ducal family and the government went into exile. Hereditary Grand Duke Jean enlisted in the British army, got an officer’s training at Royal Academy of Sandhurst and entered the Irish Guards regiment.
On a good will tour September 13-23 1941, Crown Prince Jean visited the Luxembourger Midwest settlements: Chicago, IL, Aururoa, IL, Dubuque, IA, Remsen, IA, St. Paul, MN, Minneapolis, MN, Milwaukee, WI and Port Washington, WI.
Jean became Grand Duke on November 12, 1964. His reign was marked by substantial domestic changes: the steel crisis in the seventies, industrial diversification, development of the Luxembourg financial market, establishment of numerous European institutions in Luxembourg. He was also Chief Scout of the Luxembourg Boy Scouts Association and represented his country in the International Olympic Committee. He succeeded to his son Henri in October 2000.
Grand Duke Jean was husband to Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium and raised five children.