European royals attend funeral of Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean

Luxembourg (AFP) –


Several hundred peoplejoinedEuropean royalty, including Britain's Princess Anne and King Philippe of Belgium, at Saturday's funeral for Luxembourg's Grand Duke Jean, who died last month at the age of 98.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was also present as mourners gathered in freezing rain at the Luxembourg cathedral, following the ceremony on giant TV screens.

Grand Duke Jean reigned for 36 years but stepped aside in 2000 in favour of his eldest son Henri.

Jean-Marie Cottong, 43, said she remembered him "for his politeness and kindness" and for his role in the liberation of the country at the end of World War II.

The grand duke served in the British army, taking part in the D-Day landings and then the advance into Luxembourg.