A grand duchy, sometimes referred to as a grand dukedom, is a territory whose head of state is a monarch, either a grand duke or grand duchess.
Today Luxembourg is the only remaining grand duchy. However, some former ruling families of historical grand duchies still retain the titles granted to them, usually from the Congress of Vienna in 1814-1815.
The titles of "grand duke" and "grand duchess", when used as a translation from another language, may not necessarily be territorial.
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“The evolution of humans can not only be seen as the grand total of their wars, it is also defined by the evolution of the human mind and the development of the human consciousness.”
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