175th anniversary of the independence of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Séance académique 175e anniversaire de l'indépendance du Grand-Duché

As part of the celebration of the 175th anniversary of signing of the London’s Treaty (19 April 1839) – which has defined the current borders of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – a ceremony held on April 29, 2014 at the Cercle Cité of Luxembourg City in the presence of TRH the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess, TRH the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess, members of the government and the diplomatic corps.

On this occasion the speeches were delivered by HRH the Grand Duke, by President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mars Di Bartolomeo, by Prime Minister, Minister of State, Xavier Bettel, by Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer, as well as Professor of history of the Luxembourg University, Michel Pauly.

In his speech HRH Grand Duke said that «the force of Luxembourg lies in its ability to open up to others and not in the temptation to close. This applies not only to our individual case but to our community. And it is this ability that builds our identity, we have the right to be proud.»

«Luxembourg is celebrating 175 years of independence, sovereignty, freedom,» said the Prime Minister Xavier Bettel. He reminded that in 1839 «the new borders were drawn, the population was divided, the country became smaller, but independent.» From that moment «Luxembourg, free and responsible for itself, has found its place in Europe.» «There are no more larger or smaller powers, as in 1839, but there is one strong union, which was also shaped by the Luxembourg,» said the Prime Minister.