Saturday’s at times appalling weather conditions were not enough to dissuade people from flocking into the city centre to witness the funeral procession in the streets or watch the live broadcast on the giant screens on the place d’Armes. Luxembourg was united in its desire to pay its final respects to Grand Duke Jean.
3. Multilingualism is part of the fabric of life
Readings and addresses during the funeral ceremony were spoken in Luxembourgish, English and French. While he commenced in Luxembourgish, Archbishop Hollerich specifically switched to English to address a congregation composed of numerous international guests from around the world. Grand Duke Jean’s grandchildren delivered a succession of readings in the language in which they felt most comfortable.
The presence at the funeral of the Chief of the General Staff of the British army, General Sir Mark Alexander Popham Carleton-Smith, showed exactly how highly regarded Grand Duke Jean was among his regiment, the Irish Guards.
Several Luxembourg Facebook users pointed out that the German edition of Gala Magazine somehow managed to report from the funeral cortege in “the old town of Trier”.
8. A temporary dissenting voice
Leave it to outspoken musician Serge Tonnar to raise dissenting voice regarding the media coverage of the funeral and state mourning. In a Facebook post, Tonnar questioned whether the “liveticker, livestream, special programmes, live broadcast of the funeral mass” and general “mourning orgy in the media”, which often had nothing to say, was appropriate. “Is that the discretion that the people wanted in their hearts for the national mourning?” Tonnar asked. By Monday, however, Tonnar had deleted the post.