HRH Grand Duke Jean

Biographical information

RolesOther • Administrator
Full nameJean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc•d'Aviano
Used nameHRH Grand Duke•Jean
Born5 January 1921 in Colmar-Berg (LUX)
Died23 April 2019 in Luxembourg (LUX)
Title(s)HRH Grand Duke
NOC Luxembourg


HRH Grand Duke Jean was the oldest son of Grand Duchess Charlotte, who abdicated the Luxembourgeois throne in 1964 in favor of her son. He studied at Ampleforth College, a British boarding school, and Laval University in Canada, and then attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, England. He was co-opted onto the IOC in September 1946 and remained an IOC Member until he resigned in 1998, the second longest tenure of any IOC Member, after Greek/Egyptian member Angelos Bolanaki. He had been doyen of the IOC from 1982-98 and was made an Honorary Member and Honorary Doyen after he stepped down. In 1998, Grand Duke Jean also turned over duties as Luxembourg’s Head of State to his son, Grand Duke Henri, and he fully abdicated in his favor in 2002. HRH Grand Duke Henri was also later named a member of the IOC.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Member International Olympic Committee 1946—1998 LUX HRH Grand Duke Jean
Honorary International Olympic Committee 1998—2019 LUX HRH Grand Duke Jean

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
Other LUX HRH Grand Duke Jean

Olympic family relations

Special Notes