Wedding of Jean of Luxembourg and Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium

Today marks the 64th Wedding Anniversary of Hereditary Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium, who got married on this day in 1953. A marriage arranged by the bride’s grandmother, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, and the groom’s mother, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, both were in love with other people and in the video below you can hear the newsreader describing the bride as pale and drawn, and collapsing after the ceremony, which led to the honeymoon being postponed. Eventually the marriage was happy. The couple had five children and succeeded to the Grand Duchy in 1964. Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte reigned until 2000, when he abdicated in favour of their son. Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte died in 2005, after a long battle with lung cancer, and a 52-year marriage. Take a look at some of the scenes from the wedding below:

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