Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
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|Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein|
|Spouse||Duchess Sophie in Bavaria|
|Prince Joseph Wenzel
Princess Marie Caroline
Prince Georg Antonius
Prince Nikolaus Sebastian
|Alois Philipp Maria|
|House||House of Liechtenstein|
|Mother||Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau|
11 June 1968 |
Alois Philipp Maria, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 11 June 1968), is the eldest son of Hans Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau. Alois has been regent of Liechtenstein (Stellvertreter des Fürsten) since 15 August 2004. He is married to Duchess Sophie of Bavaria.
Education and military service
Alois attended the Liechtenstein Grammar School in Vaduz-Ebenholz and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. He served in the Coldstream Guards in Hong Kong and London for six months before entering the University of Salzburg, from which he earned a Master's degree in Jurisprudence in 1993.
Until 1996, Alois worked at a London auditing company. In May of that year, he returned to Vaduz and became active in managing his father's finances and took an increasingly active role in political discussions and consultations, and in assuming representative duties for Liechtenstein.
On Liechtenstein Day in 2004, Hans-Adam II formally turned the power of making day-to-day governmental decisions over to his son as a way of preparing for the transition to a new generation. (Hans-Adam remains Head of State).
On 27 November 2005, Liechtenstein voters rejected an initiative that would prohibit abortion and birth control in the principality. Instead, a government-sponsored counter proposal was ratified. The pro-life initiative was supported by Roman Catholic Archbishop Wolfgang Haas. Alois was initially sympathetic to the pro-life proposal, but became neutral during the run-up to the vote.
In 2011, Alois threatened to exercise his royal veto if voters approved a forthcoming referendum to legalize abortion in the principality. Such a veto was not necessary as the voters rejected the proposal.
Following Alois threatening to veto the referendum if it had legalized abortion, the "Damit deine Stimme zählt" ("So that your voice counts") initiative was launched to change the constitution to prevent the Prince from vetoing legislation approved in referendums. The referendum was held on 1 July 2012 and 76% of voters upheld the Prince's power to veto referendum results.
Marriage and children
On 3 July 1993, at St. Florin's in Vaduz, Alois married HRH Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, Princess of Bavaria, now also Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein and Countess Rietberg. They have four children:
- HSH Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 24 May 1995 in London)
- HSH Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess Rietberg (born 17 October 1996 in Grabs, Canton of St. Gallen)
- HSH Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 20 April 1999 in Grabs). His godfather is his paternal uncle Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein.
- HSH Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 6 December 2000, in Grabs)
- Liechtenstein : Grand Star of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein. 
- Austria : Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria (2000). 
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta : Grand Cross pro Merito Melitensi – civilian special class – (2011). 
- List of Princes of Liechtenstein
- Line of succession to the Liechtensteinian Throne
- Princely Family of Liechtenstein
- Descendants of Miguel I of Portugal
|Ancestors of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein|
- "Hereditary Prince Alois". Fuerstenhaus.li. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
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- "Liechtenstein, 1. Juli 2012 : Vermindertes Vetorecht des Fц╪rsten - [in German]". Sudd.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- "Royal Baptism Photos 1999". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- Coronation of Willem Alexander of the Netherlands
- Parliamentary question, page=1381
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Alois, Hereditary Prince of LiechtensteinBorn: 11 June 1968
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