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Charlotte

Given NameCharlotte
HouseNassau-Weilburg
Born23 Jan 1896
Died9 Jul 1985
CountryLuxembourg
CategoryGovernment
GenderMale

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ww2dbasePrincess Charlotte Adelgonde Elisabeth Marie Wilhelmine was born in Berg Castle in Luxembourg in 1896 to Grand Duke William IV of Luxembourg and Princess Infanta Maria Ana of Portugal. On 14 Jan 1919, her sister, Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde, abdicated amidst revolutionary ferver, and Charlotte was crowned as the successor. Later in the same year, she marred Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, with whom she would have six children. As German troops marched into Luxembourg in 1940, she placed the grand ducal family and the government under the protection of France, but the rapid German advances quickly led to France announcing her inability to offer such protection. After a brief time in Portugal, she established herself in London, England, United Kingdom. She made many radio broadcasts from London to maintain anti-German sentiment during the occupation. She also visited the United States to seek support for the liberation of her country. Later, her family settled in the city of Montreal in Canada. She returned to Luxembourg in Apr 1945. She abdicated in favor of her son Jean in Nov 1964. She passed away from cancer at Fischbach Castle in central Luxembourg in 1985. She was interred in the Ducal Crypt of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the city of Luxembourg.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Charlotte Timeline

23 Jan 1896 Charlotte was born in Berg Castle, Luxembourg.
14 Jan 1919 Princess Charlotte was crowned the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.
6 Nov 1919 Grand Duchess Charlotte married Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma in Luxembourg.
9 May 1940 Grand Duchess Charlotte called an extraordinary meeting of her leading ministers, and they decided to place the grand ducal family and the government under the protection of France. She and her family would depart southward on the next day.
29 Aug 1940 Grand Duchess Charlotte made her first radio broadcast from Britain.
22 May 1942 Grand Duchess Charlotte arrived in New York, New York, United States and met with Foreign Minister Joseph Bech.
23 May 1942 Grand Duchess Charlotte arrived in Washington, United States and met with President Franklin Roosevelt.
12 Nov 1964 Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg abdicated in favor of her son Jean.
9 Jul 1985 Charlotte passed away from cancer in Fischbach Castle, Fischbach, Luxembourg.

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Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, circa 1942




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Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, circa 1942


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