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On the significance of Luxembourg National Day
Danescu, Elena; Kmec, Sonja; Da Silva, Joana


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Keywords :
Luxembourg history; Grand Duchess Charlotte; Grand Duke Jean; Second World War; Grand Duke Henri; Luxembourg's National Day; Symbols of the monarchy
Abstract :
[en] Luxembourg has celebrated its sovereign’s birthday since the 18th century. When Grand Duchess Charlotte (23 January 1896–9 July 1985) ascended the throne in 1919, the date for these birthday celebrations became 23 January, and this date was declared a national holiday in 1947. But on 23 December 1961, a Grand Ducal Decree set the date of 23 June as Luxembourg’s National Day, when the country would officially celebrate the monarch’s birthday. National Day has continued to be celebrated on 23 June during the successive reigns of Grand Duke Jean (1964-2000), born on 5 January, and Grand Duke Henri (since 2000), born on 16 April. National Day is one of the symbols of the monarchy, together with the coat of arms and the anthem of the Grand Ducal House.
Research center :
- Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Contemporary European History (EHI)
Disciplines :
Arts & humanities: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Political science, public administration & international relations
Author, co-author :
Danescu, Elena  ;  University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > Contemporary European History
Kmec, Sonja  ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Humanities (DHUM)
Other collaborator :
Da Silva, Joana;  University of Luxembourg > Luxembourg Center for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH) > EDIC University of Luxembourg > Collaborator
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Title :
On the significance of Luxembourg National Day
Publication date :
22 June 2020
Event name :
Grand Duchess Charlotte: a voice of her own?
Event organizer :
EDIC University of Luxembourg
Cooperation with: Photothèque de la Maison grand-ducale
Cooperation with: Centre national de l’Audiovisuel (CNA)
Cooperation with: Comité Alstadt
Event place :
Online event, Luxembourg
Event date :
Audience :
Name of the research project :
EDIC University of Luxembourg (Convention COMM/LUX/ED/003/Belval/2018-2020)
Funders :
CE - Commission Européenne [BE]
Commentary :
Programme • Introduction – Elena Danescu, Coordinator of EDIC University of Luxembourg • In the archives: Je matiendrai - La vie de S.A.R. Madame la Grande-Duchesse de Luxembourg by Jos Pauly (1964) – Screening of a biographical film about Grand Duchess Charlotte • Address – Sonja Kmec, Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg, Institute for History • Debate with the audience • Milestones in Grand Duchess Charlotte’s reign – Photo exhibition produced by the Comité Alstadt – Presentation by Joana Da Silva, EDIC University of Luxembourg • Conclusions
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