“Luxembourg has never forgotten”

In the wake of a reaction on Twitter to Queen Elizabeth’s death, Grand Duke Henri sent a message of condolence to the sovereign’s son, now King Charles III, on Thursday. Here is the text, written in English.

“Your Majesty,

The Grand Duchess and I have been deeply moved and saddened to hear of the passing of Your dear mother, Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen played a significant part in shaping Great Britain’s history as its longest-serving monarch. We deeply admired her moral strength and determination. She was an exemplary monarch, most loved and respected throughout the world.

Luxembourg has never forgotten the extraordinary support the United Kingdom gave Grand Duchess Charlotte and her son, my father Jean, during the Second World War. Their safe harbor in London helped preserve the very existence of my country in these dark times.

We are grateful for the close ties between our families and Her Majesty’s extraordinary and unique example of service to country and people.

The people of Luxembourg join us in expressing our deepest condolences and warmest condolences to you and the Royal Family, as well as to the people of the United Kingdom.”

The translation, by our care, of this message:

“Your Majesty,

The Grand Duchess and I were deeply moved and saddened when we heard of the death of your dear mother, Her Majesty the Queen.

The Queen has played a major role in shaping Britain’s history as the longest-reigning monarch. We deeply admired his moral strength and determination. She was an exemplary monarch, loved and respected throughout the world.

Luxembourg has never forgotten the extraordinary support that the United Kingdom gave Grand Duchess Charlotte and her son, my father Jean, during the Second World War. Their refuge in London helped preserve the very existence of my country in these dark times.

We are grateful for the close ties that bind our families together and for Her Majesty’s extraordinary and unique example of service to country and people.

The people of Luxembourg join us in expressing our deepest condolences and warmest sympathy to you, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”

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