Te Deum and military parade mark National Day

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(CS) It was an early start for the Grand Ducal family, as they set out to attend the traditional Te Deum church service on Saturday morning, followed by a military parade on the Avenue de la Liberté.

At 10.30am the Grand Ducal family was joined by Luxembourg's ministers, deputies, ambassadors and other figures of political and public life in the Grand Duchy for the Te Deum.

It was the first time that Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich performed the service, in a cathedral decorated with some 2,000 flowers.

One group of officials however was missing from the service. Luxembourg's magistrates had refused to attend the Te Deum, as the seating order was changed, leaving them at the back of the Notre Dame Cathedral. They issued a formal explanation, saying this move showed a lack of respect towards the representatives of the judiciary.

Following the service, 101 canon salutes were fired from the Fetschenhof to honour the Grand Duke.

At 12pm, the Grand Duke took the salute at the military parade on Avenue de la Liberté. Some 784 people were involved in the parade, including the Luxembourg army, the Grand Ducal police force, and fire and emergency services.