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Grand Duchess honoured with new exhibition

08.07.2015 From our online archive
A fascinating new exhibition is to open at Luxembourg's royal palace describing the return of Grand Duchess Charlotte from exile at the end of WWII.

A fascinating new exhibition is to open at Luxembourg's royal palace describing the return of Grand Duchess Charlotte from exile at the end of WWII.

When Luxembourg's “fearless” Grand Duchess returned home on April 14, 1945, with her family to Luxembourg, she was greeted by jubilant crowds of Luxembourgers who flocked to the capital to greet her.

This symbolic return was an iconic moment in Luxembourg's history as it signalled that the years of occupation were over.

Now, 70 years on, the joy and jubilation of the occasion is brought to life in "Wëlcom dôhém!" (welcome home), a new exhibition open to the public over the summer months.

The panels, photos, letters and other artefacts paint a portrait of the highly popular head of state. 

Photos of cheering crowds shouting “Vive!” (live) outside the palace, show this clearly but the exhibition goes further, exploring the journey which led up to this moment, from the dilemma she faced on May 10, 1940, when she and her family fled the invading Nazi forces.

Passing through France and then Portugal, the Grand Ducal family were given asylum in the US then Canada while the Grand Duchess and her government created a new base in London, the UK.

While in exile, Grand Duchess Charlotte rallied for support from international powers to help forge allies in the fight against Nazi tyranny, with the ultimate goal of liberating her country.

At that time, few had heard of the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg or knew much about it, but the same could not be said after the war.

The Luxembourgish people's great affection for their Grand Duchess was also in part due to the frequent broadcasts she made from London via the BBC radio station.

While the exhibition does not claim to be exhaustive, it provides a unique insight into this fascinating chapter of Luxembourg's history.

The exhibition can be seen in the palace in the guided tours. It runs from July 13 to September 6. For more information, visit the Tourism Office.

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