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John XI
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John XI
King of Burgundy and the Netherlands
Reign 17 April, 1988 -
Predecessor Juliana II
Spouse Elizabeth of Hesse-Kassel
Issue Crown Princess Sophia
Full name
John Leopold William Henry Charles
House Luxembourg-Jülich
Father William of Jülich
Mother Juliana II
Born March 4, 1959
Amsterdam, Holland, Luxembourg

John IX (born: John Leopold William Henry Charles) is the current reigning king of Luxembourg (officially: King of Burgundy and the Netherlands). He is the eldest son of Queen Juliana II (1934 - 1988) and her husband William of Jülich (1927 - 1969).

Life

John was born on March 4, 1959 in Amsterdam, Holland, while the Queen and King-consort were making a state visit to the port facilities. As a young child, John was groomed for rule, and was constantly reminded of his future role by his tutors, which he would come to resent. Nevertheless, those same tutors would remark to his parents that he showed potential.

His father died shortly before his tenth birthday, causing Queen Juliana to slip into a depression that would last to the end of her life. In light of this, John became increasingly close with his sister, Sophia, born in 1963. It was often remarked that the two of them were inseparable, and when Sophia caught tuberculosis in winter of 1984, John never did leave her bedside, preferring his meals brought with hers and continuing the seemingly endless conversations they enjoyed. Despite his love for her, Sophia would die in early January, 1985. It was feared that John would slip into a depression like that of his mother after William of Jülich's death. But instead her death only seemed to harden his resolve.

Queen Juliana II would die on April 17, 1988, and John would take the Regnal name of John XI. With the full resources of the Luxembourg kingdom at his disposal now, he increased funding for medicinal research, which would lead to the first proposed tuberculosis vaccine in 2003.

Aside from his love for research, John decided it was needed to also increase the naval budget, in light of new naval developments in Wessex and Aragon.

Compromised by Luxembourgs Francian territories, John would be dragged back into Francian politics upon the death of Emperor Henry VI. Despite casting his votes for his personal friend, Louis of Auvergne, Henry's son Arthur VII would garner a majority of votes and keep the Francian throne in Rennes.

John has been a vocal supporter of removing Burgundy and Flanders from Francia and bringing them into the Holy Roman Empire, though this has been met with opposition from Arthur, and threats from the Francian Parliament.

John XI is also seen as a likely contender to succeed the Habsburg Francis as Holy Roman Emperor.

John married Elizabeth of Hesse-Kassel in 1994, they have one daughter, Crown Princess Sophia, named in honor of Johns beloved sister.

Titles

The full titles of John XI are as follows:

John XI, By the Grace of God, King of the Netherlands, King of Burgundy, Duke of Luxembourg, Duke of Brabant, Duke of Guelders, Duke of Limburg, Duke of Liege, Duke of Burgundy, Prince of Utrecht, Count of Namur, Count of Hainault, Count of Cambray, Count of Flanders, Count of Artois, Count of Boulogne, Count of Zeeland, Count of Holland, Count of Burgundy

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