Luxembourg, 25th Anniversary of the Death of H.R.H. Grand Duchess Charlotte (1896-1985).

Grand Duchess Charlotte was born on 23 January 1896 at Berg Castle.



She was the second daughter of Grand Duke Guillaume and Grand Duchess Marie-Anne of Bragança. On 15 January 1919 she took the oath of office in front of a delegation from the Chamber of Deputies specially convened at Berg Castle.

On 6 November 1919, she married Prince Félix of Bourbon-Parma in Luxembourg. From this marriage were born six children: Jean (1921), Elisabeth (1922), Marie-Adélaïde (1924), Marie-Gabrielle (1925), Charles (1927) and Alix (1929).

World War II forced Grand Duchess Charlotte, her family, as well as the Government to leave the country to avoid the German troops.

From France, they had to leave by Spain and Portugal for the United States of America, Great Britain, and Canada. Together with the Government, the Grand Duchess worked for the recognition of the independence of Luxembourg. On 14 April 1945, she was finally able to return to a liberated Luxembourg.

After the war years, Grand Duchess Charlotte remained the symbol of unity for the Luxembourg people. She also continued to work on international recognition for Luxembourg. It was under her reign that State visits were no longer confined to neighbouring countries but were extended to include countries across the Atlantic. She was fully supportive of European unification.

On 12 November 1964, she abdicated in favour of her son Grand Duke Heir Apparent Jean. After 45 years of rule, she retired to Fischbach Castle. On 8 April 1970, Prince Félix died. Fifteen years later, on 9 July 1985, at the age of 89, Grand Duchess Charlotte permanently left her subjects..


Date of Issue: 16 March 2010

Price of the series : 1,50 €
Layout: Advantage Communication S.A., Luxembourg-Hamm (L);
Printing: High-resolution offset by Imprimerie du Timbre, La Poste, Malines (B);
Dimensions: 27,66 x 40,20 mm, 10 stamps per sheet.


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July 13, 2010 at 10:15 AM ×

I would like to add that Grand Duchess Charlotte, in a moving and beautiful voice, honored the American World War II dead who were laid to rest in her country. Her speech and that of an American general were broadcasted from Luxembourg to the USA on Memorial Day 1947. Here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ7I1RIMXmU

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