Culture Published on 07.10.13 15:38

Grand Ducal family remembers Joséphine-Charlotte with concert

Grand Duke Jean with Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Prince Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie, as well as Philharmonie director Stephan Gehmacher (r.) and Philharmonie board president Pierre Ahlborn
Photo: Cour Grand-Ducale - Vic Fischbach

(CS) Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean together with Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Princess Stéphanie on Friday honoured Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte with a concert at the Philharmonie.

The Philharmonie itself is dedicated to Grand Duke Jean's wife who passed away in October 2000. The building's official title is “Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte”.

Friday's concert saw the Paris Orchestra perform under conductor Paavo Järvi with Piotr Anderszewski on the piano. The playlist included Claude Débussy, Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky.

Joséphine-Charlotte was born on October 11, 1927, as the oldest child and only daughter of King Leopold III of Belgium and Astrid of Sweden. She married Grand Duke Jean, who at the time was heir-apparent, on April 9, 1953.

Married for 52 years, the couple had five children - Princess Marie Astrid, Grand Duke Henri, Prince Jean, Princess Margaretha and Prince Guillaume.

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