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drimal 10-09-2005 12:38 PM

Grand Duke Henri's Accession to the Throne: October 7, 2000
 
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I thought it would be a great idea to dedicate an entire thread to the bigest event in the life of Grand Duke Henri, his throne achievement exactly five years ago on 7th October 2000. :)

I will post some interesting articles here as well as many pictures.:)


Text from the pdf document of the Grand Ducal family on gouvernement.lu;)

The accession to the throne of HRH Grand Duke Henri on 7 October 2000





On 7 October 2000, the ceremonies for HRH Grand Duke Jean’s abdication and HRH Grand Duke Henri’s accession to the throne took place in Luxembourg. Grand Duke Jean announced his intention to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Hereditary Grand Duke Henri, on 24 December 1999.

After a reign of nearly 36 years, it seemed natural to Grand Duke Jean to hand over the reigns to his eldest son and to let the Grand Duchy take advantage of the experience gained by the Hereditary Grand Duke.

On 7 October 2000, at around 10.00 a.m., in the presence of HRH Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke, HRH the Hereditary Grand Duchess, HRH Grand Duke Jean signed the Grand Ducal Abdication Decree at the Grand Ducal Palace.

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HM Queen of the Netherlands, TM the King and the Queen of the Belgians, the other members of the Grand Ducal Family, the representatives of the main political institutions and public figures also took part in the ceremony. Following signature of the Abdication Decree, Prime Minister Claude Juncker gave a speech in which he paid tribute to HRH Grand Duke Jean and his wife. The abdication ceremony was followed by the swearing-in ceremony, which took place at a solemn sitting of the Chamber of Deputies.

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At about 11.00 a.m., during a public sitting at the Chamber of Deputies, HRH Grand Duke Henri took the oath stipulated by Article 5 of the Constitution:

I swear to observe the Constitution and the Laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, to maintain the national independence and integrity of the territory, as well as public and individual liberties’.



Thereafter, Grand Duke Henri delivered the enthronement speech, in which he proved to be fully aware of the duties and obligations his new function imposes on him and promised to accomplish them in all conscience and with the utmost ability. On this particular day, he wished to thank his parents for the trust they had placed in him. In addition to the political and economic aspects, His Royal Highness mentioned the profound values of our society and reminded us that the ‘foundations of our civilization lie in solidarity, justice, tolerance, respect for others and humanity’.

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After the swearing-in ceremony, TRH and the royal children returned to the Palace on foot. The large crowd, gathered along the route, acclaimed Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa enthusiastically. At around midday, TRH Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, the other members of the Grand Ducal Family and Dutch and Belgian sovereigns appeared on the balcony of the Grand Ducal Palace and waved to the crowd.

After being invited to a dinner given by the Government at the Cercle Municipal, the accredited ambassadors were presented to TRH Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.

At around 4.20 p.m., TRH Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, accompanied by the royal children, left the Grand Ducal Palace on foot for Notre-Dame Cathedral where they attended a thanksgiving service.

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Later in the afternoon, TRH proceeded to the City Hall where they were welcomed by the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Mr Paul Helminger. After the welcome address by Mr Helminger, the members of the Grand Ducal Family signed the guest book of the City of Luxembourg.

Upon leaving the City Hall, at around 6.00 p.m., Their Royal Highnesses went to meet the crowd gathered at the entrance to the building.






suturegeisha 10-09-2005 02:27 PM

Thank you for that article and the lovely pictures, drimal....they really make me miss Joséphine-Charlotte! :)

drimal 10-10-2005 08:37 AM

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Source: Corbis

drimal 10-10-2005 08:42 AM

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more pics from Corbis;)

Toledo 10-10-2005 08:49 AM

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa looks great, she knows what colors and designs go great with her figure.

:confused: Do they use crowns for the Coronation? not even a tiara for the Grand Duchess?

suturegeisha 10-10-2005 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Toledo
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa looks great, she knows what colors and designs go great with her figure.

:confused: Do they use crowns for the Coronation? not even a tiara for the Grand Duchess?

See here for the answer to that question.

gaggleofcrazypeople 10-10-2005 05:14 PM

So basically they really shouldn't be wearing tiaras there, should they?

suturegeisha 10-10-2005 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by gaggleofcrazypeople
So basically they really shouldn't be wearing tiaras there, should they?

Anyone can wear a tiara. I could wear a tiara if I wanted to [and I could afford one]. Lots of celebrities own or have borrowed tiaras in the past...I have a picture in some magazine somewhere of Julia Roberts wearing one for a photo shoot.
The LRF has no royal regalia [ie, crown, sceptre, orb, what have you] and they never have. They're still a fairly young royal family, remember, and coronation was out of vogue around the time that they became the ruling family of Luxembourg. The only European country I know of that still does a "coronation", where the crown is actually placed on someone's head, is Great Britain [and we all know that they love their pomp and pageantry]. Everyone else just takes an oath of service as their act of succession.
I think it's a shame that many countries no longer have coronations or have cut down on their pageantry- that's half the fun of having a king or queen [or grand duke or grand duchess or prince or princess] as a head of state!

drimal 10-12-2005 03:55 AM

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pictures from corbis and photosip

lisamaria 10-12-2005 04:46 AM

I just love the chair Henri sits on. It is so massive and he is so slender and the whole thing ends up looking like something out of Alice in Wonderland. There was also a fantastic pic of Alexandra sitting on a little stool, her hands in her lap, looking very... mischievous, in the lack of better word.

-Lisa

drimal 10-12-2005 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by lisamaria
I just love the chair Henri sits on. It is so massive and he is so slender and the whole thing ends up looking like something out of Alice in Wonderland. There was also a fantastic pic of Alexandra sitting on a little stool, her hands in her lap, looking very... mischievous, in the lack of better word.

-Lisa

The chair was restored and it had been used for Grand Duchess Charlotte's enthronement too.:)

I remember that Grand Duke Henri was very nervous while taking his oath; he stuttered a little bit.:D

Whileas Grand duke Jean just had to say "Je le jure ainsi Dieu me soit en l'aide" , Grand Duke Henri had to say the following text ( in French too which is the official legislative language in Luxembourg) "I swear to observe the Constitution and the Laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, to maintain the national independence and integrity of the territory, as well as public and individual liberties". French text: "Je jure de respecter la constitution et les lois du Grand Duché de Luxembourg, de maintenir l'indépendance nationale et l'intégrité du territoire ainsi que les libertés publiques et individuelles."

gaggleofcrazypeople 10-12-2005 06:42 PM

I could understand how he stuttered. I would too.

msfroyste 10-13-2005 05:31 AM

it was probably more nerves than anything.

crisiñaki 03-03-2006 01:14 AM

Did Guillaume have to take an oath of some kind to become the Hereditary Grand Duke? or it was just taken for granted

suturegeisha 03-03-2006 02:23 AM

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Originally Posted by crisiñaki
Did Guillaume have to take an oath of some kind to become the Hereditary Grand Duke? or it was just taken for granted

He took an official oath in front of his parents and the Parliament in December of 2000. The title of Hereditary Grand Duke is not automatic in Luxembourg- he was known only as Prince Guillaume until his father signed the legislation stating that his new title would be Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg.

gaggleofcrazypeople 03-03-2006 11:17 PM

I think they have the translation on a yahoo group. I think it was Luxembourg royalty or something.


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