• Short Summary

    THE TINY STATE OF LUXEMBOURG HAS A NEW RULER, FOLLOWING THE ABDICATION TODAY (THURSDAY) OF THE GRAND DUCHESS CHARLOTTE IN FAVOUR OF HER SON AND HEIR, THE GRAND DUKE JEAN.

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    THE TINY STATE OF LUXEMBOURG HAS A NEW RULER, FOLLOWING THE ABDICATION TODAY (THURSDAY) OF THE GRAND DUCHESS CHARLOTTE IN FAVOUR OF HER SON AND HEIR, THE GRAND DUKE JEAN. AFTER THE GRAND DUCHESS HAD SIGNED THE DEED OF ABDICATION AT HER PALACE, THE GRAND DUKE TOOK THE OATH AS NEW SOVEREIGN BEFORE LUXEMBOURG'S ONE-HOUSE PARLIAMENT.

    THE FILM SHOWS THE SCENE IN THE CHAMBER OF DUPUTIES. GRAND DUCHESS CHARLOTTE, AGED 68, HAS REIGNED OVER HER 320,000 SUBJECTS FOR 45 YEARS. SHE ANNOUNCED HER DECISION TO ABDICATE LAST YEAR, SAYING "I THINK I HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENJOY RETIREMENT LIKE ANY OTHER WORKER."
    THE GRAND DUKE JEAN IS AGED 43. HE AND HIS WIFE, GRAND DUCHESS JOSEPHINE CHARLOTTE, SISTER OF KING BAUDOUIN OF THE BELGIANS, HAVE FIVE CHILDREN. TWO OF THEM -- THE NEW CROWN PRINCE HENRI AGED NINE, AND HIS SISTER PRINCESS MARIE ASTRID, AGED SEVEN -- ATTENDED THE CEREMONY TODAY. THE GRAND DUKE'S BROTHER, PRINCE CHARLES, AGED 37 ALSO ATTENDED.

    TO MAKE THE CEREMONIES AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE, FOREIGN ROYALTY HAD NOT BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND. AFTER THE ROYAL PARTY LEFT THE PARLIAMENT, THE NEW MONARCH REVIEWED MEMBERS OF HIS 3,000 STRONG ARMY. THE GRAND DUKE AND THE GRAND DUCHESS CHARLOTTE RECEIVED THE ACCLAMATION OF THE BIG CROWD IN THE CITY SQUARE.

    LATER, THE GRAND DUCHESS STOOD WITH THE GRAND DUKE AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ON THE BALCONY OF THE GRAND DUCHESS' 16TH CENTURY PALACE TO WAVE TO THE CROWD. THE GRAND DUCHESS CHARLOTTE AND HER HUSBAND, PRINCE FELIX, PLAN TO LIVE IN RETIREMENT AT FISCHBACH CASTLE, SOME 16 MILES (25 KILOMETRES) FROM THE CAPITAL.

    (THE GRAND DUCHESS CHARLOTTE AND HER FAMILY ESCAPED TO LONDON WHEN THE NAZIS INVADED HER COUNTRY IN 1940. THE GRAND DUKE JEAN, WHO WAS EDUCATED IN BRITAIN AND CANADA, SERVED IN A BRITISH GUARDS REGIMENT DURING THE WAR AS A LIEUTENANT).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LMOLWB0DMEVEN0W8M46RZOXG
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LMOLWB0DMEVEN0W8M46RZOXG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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