Grand Duke of Luxembourg reveals he has abdication date in mind

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The Grand Duke of Luxembourg has revealed he has his abdication date in mind.

Grand Duke Henri, 69, spoke to several media outlets ahead of his State Visit to Belgium, stating that he plans to retire (as is Luxembourgish royal tradition) and that plans are in place.

He said to Place Royale: “There are plans. There will come a day when it will have to be done, and I intend to retire at some point. It’s obvious.”

The beloved Grand Duke told La Libre: “All this is planned in family consultation. I find that it is very important to give young people a perspective. Transmission and trust are the two essential elements in my relationship with my son Guillaume [the heir to the throne].”

When they asked if he had a date in mind for his abdication in favour of Guillaume, he said: “Yes! But I won’t tell you.”

The monarchs in Luxembourg abdicate in favour of their after several years on the throne but there is no set time that the Grand Duke (or Grand Duchess) has to relinquish the throne. Grand Duke Henri has been the monarch in Luxembourg since the abdication of his late father, Grand Duke Jean, in October 2000.

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