95 years

Royals celebrate Grand Duke Jean's birthday

(NG/MT) Grand Duke Jean celebrated his 95th birthday Saturday night with a concert at the Philharmonie with family, royals and members of the public in attendance.

The close family including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren had, of course, all gathered, but several other royals were also in attendance: King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Sofia of Spain, King Konstanin and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece and Prince Hassan and Princess Sarvath of Jordan.

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The "Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg", under the direction of conductor Gustavo Gimeno, played  the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 6, by Ludwig van Beethoven which premiered in 1806, or one hundred years before the birth of the Grand Duke. The soloist was the Japanese violinist Daishin Kashimoto who plays at the Berlin Philharmonic. Next on the program was the Ouverture from Johannes Strauss' opera "Die Fledermaus" and the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

At the end,  "Happy Birthday" was sung by the Philharmonic Orchestra and a birthday cake was presented to Grand Duke Jean.

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