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Old 01-14-2005, 07:12 PM
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So she was shy... that would explain Guillaume and Felix's behaviours alot.
But I can't figure out who is in that pic, but it does look rather old.
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Old 01-15-2005, 03:47 AM
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Well, this picture is dating from July 1990 in Cabasson.
In front of the Grand Ducal couple are:

Guillaume, Maria Anunciata, Marie Astrid, Louis, Joseph-Emanuel and Felix.

The names written in Italic are the children of Princess Margaretha (Henri's sister) and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein.

Note: Alexandra and Sebastien were not yet born at that time.
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Just a quick note, in picture 11, Prince Bertil and Princess Lilian of Sweden are the people to the right of Grand Ducal couple. :)
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Old 01-17-2005, 01:28 AM
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I've read that JC's mother Queen Astrid was well love, is there any specific reason why? I seems like JC has inherited her mum's popularity ^___^
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Didn't she die young?
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:42 PM
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I've read that JC's mother Queen Astrid was well love, is there any specific reason why? I seems like JC has inherited her mum's popularity ^___^
I believe it was because she was close to the people of Belgium and often was seen among the people and interacting with them. She was very compassionate towards her subjects and she was well loved by the Belgians.

And she did die young. Albert was a year old when she died, I think.
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I believe Astrid was about 30 when she died... so, yes, very young :(
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:42 PM
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She respresented Luxembourg with alot of dignity and class

1. at Guillaume's Sandhurst graduation the 908.2002 with husband Grand Duke Jean
2. the elegant Grand Duchess on 29.06.2001
3.to 7. on the wedding of Hereditary Prince Bernard von Baden on 24.06.2001 (in the middle Queen Sofia of Spain)
8. and 9.with her husband Grand Duke Jean and her son Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla Weiler on 23.06.2001
10. On her last state visit in Japan on 2.04.1999 with Emperor Akihito which was a good friend of her
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11. at the funeral of Prince Claus of the Netherlands the 15.10.2002 :(
12.to 16. at the nomination to Hereditary Grand Duke of Prince Guillaume

12. Guillaume during the ceremony
13. former GD Jean, former GD Josephine-Charlotte, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Grand Duke Henri
14. the late Grand Ducal couple
15. and 16. Prince Louis, Prince Felix, former GD Jean, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Grand Duke Henri, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, former GD Josephine-Charlotte and Princess Alexandra

17. to 20. at the throne achiement of son Henri on 7.10.2000

17.with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Grand Duke Henri, late Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte, brother King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Paola of Belgium
18. greeting on the balcony
19. a very emotional Josephine-Charlotte
20. during the ceremony

More pics will follow...:)
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Why do I not remember all these pics?
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Old 01-29-2005, 10:06 AM
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21. another picture during the ceremony of 7.10.2000 (Henr's throne achievement) with Queen Paola and King Albert II of Belgium and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
22. the whole family on the balcony
23. King Albert II making his signature
24. the popular Grand Ducal couple Jean and Josephine-Charlotte on their last official day as reigning sovereigns cheered by the people (certainly a hard moment for both of them)
25. Grand Duke Jean making the signature under his abdiction under the eyes of wife Josephine-Charlotte and the successors Henri and Maria Teresa
26. thank you GD Jean and GD Josephine-Charlotte for guiding the country for 36 years in such a nice way you did!:)
27. to 29. pictures of Josephine-Charlotte on National Day 2000 her last National Day as reigning Grand Duchess :(
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I believe Astrid was about 30 when she died... so, yes, very young :(
She was 29, and pregnant of her 4th child.
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:51 AM
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30.-35. Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte and Grand Duke Jean on an audience to the Pope in Vatican on 9.07.2000
36. a picture with the whole family on 9.07.2000 in Vatican
37. on state visit in the United States on 11.01.1999 with former US president Bill Clinton
38.and 39. two nice pictures which shows that Josephine-Charlotte had a good relationship with son Henri (both images are from 1.02.1999, the day on which Henri became Lieutenant représentant, in other words undertook some functions of Grand Duke Jean as a preparation to his later throne achievement )
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Awww... she was such a loving mother!
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Yes, I particularly like that last photo - you don't get to see a lot like this. Thanks, drimal
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Yes, I particularly like that last photo - you don't get to see a lot like this. Thanks, drimal
It was often said after her death that she was not so cold and without emotions as many people thinks. She was very shy and usually didn't make much statements but I have seen a report about her on China State visit and she said that she was very impressed by that visit especially by the thousands of little historical soldiers. I try to find pics about that state visit in China because it was a remarkable moment for her.:)

I don't believe that she had such a bad relationship to Maria Teresa that many thinks. Certainly they had some difficulties in certain points because josephine-Charlotte was grown up as "une fille du roi" (daughter of the king) and had a very conservative point of view and thus prefered a royal wife for her son than a commoner but despite all this she loved her whole family and was always pleased to gather the whole family together.

A picture which underlines my statement is the family picture of January 1996 (GD Jean's 75th anniversary) and you see on such pictures a very happy mother and grandmother.:)

And I admire such persons who say: My family is the most important thing in my life.:o

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa said in an interview: " If one of my children is ill, I won't leave him for any function or visit in the world.":)
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mt and j-c are two women whom i've always admired, but even moreso now b/c of those statements.
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MT is a crazy caring mother.
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I'm glad you shared your thoughts with us, drimal. I very much agree with and admire what you wrote! :)

Seeing Josephine-Charlotte interviewed on the series "A Royal Family," she struck me as a woman who had a tough life at times, but despite some of the trials she had gone through, she still kept a lively sense of humour and a warm nature. I admire her greatly for this.

As for JC and MT's relationship, perhaps they didn't get on all of the time, but this is the same for many families. I'm sure that JC and MT did have their good moments; after all they have much in common - they're both mothers, they both help people, they have occupied the same position in their society, and most importantly, they are family! I hope that MT has special memories of JC that she will treasure always, and I hope she can think of these and be glad of the happier times they might have shared!

I think there is room for us to admire both these women, devoted to their family and their country and to generally making the world a better place. Of course, JC might have had her prejudices and her way of seeing things, but that merely means she is as human as the rest of us. :) :o
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