Late GD Charlotte voted most important Luxembourger of all time!
Late Grand Duchess Charlotte (1896 - 1985) has been voted most important Luxembourger of all times by the readers of Panorama.
Here's the top 10:
1) Grand Duchess Charlotte
2) Prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker
3) cyclist Charly Gaul
4) former Prime minister Pierre Werner
5) gold medal winner of 1952 Josy Barthel
6) Grand Duke Jean
7) Jean the blind
8) author Dicks
9) author Michel Rodange
10) former Prime minister Joseph Bech
"Grand Duchess Charlotte was a strong, at the same time very motherly personality, who shaped the fate of Luxembourg a for a half century; unforgotten as sovereign, at the same time a symbol for liberty and independence. Her top position is a victory for the late Grand Duchess Charlotte. Her son Grand Duke Jean reached place 6 of the ranking. This is another proof, how popular our dynasty is."
"Grand Duchess Charlotte was born on 6th November 1896 at Berg Castle. She became Grand Duchess of Luxembourg after the resignation of her sister Marie Adelheid in accordance with opinion poll 1919 and reigned over the country almost a half century with circumspection.
The occupation of the Grand Duchy by Nazi Germany 1940 forced her to fly in the exile to England and Canada, fromn where she sought to support morally her suppressed national children in broadcast speeches . After her return 1945 Grand Duchess Charlotte, who resigned 1964 in favour of her son Jean, she became the symbol for of Luxembourg independence, if not Luxembourg's identity. She died on 9th July 1985."
Text from Panorama.