Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein

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Alois
Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
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Spouse Duchess Sophie in Bavaria
Issue
Prince Joseph Wenzel
Princess Marie-Caroline
Prince Georg
Prince Nikolaus
Full name
Alois Philipp Maria
House House of Liechtenstein
Father Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Mother Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau
Born (1968-06-11) 11 June 1968 (age 45)
Zurich, Switzerland
Signature
Religion Roman Catholicism


Liechtensteiner Princely Family
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HSH The Prince
HSH The Princess

Alois Philipp Maria, Hereditary Prince (Erbprinz) 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.[1]

Education and military service[edit]

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.[1]

Duties[edit]

Head of Liechtenstein Government Klaus Tschütscher (on the right) receiving a government contract from Alois in 2009

Until 1996, Alois worked at a firm of chartered accountants in London. In May of that year, he returned to Vaduz and became active in managing his father's finances.[1]

Hans-Adam II retained the sweeping powers (the right to veto laws and elect judges) in a Constitutional referendum in 2003.[2]

On Liechtenstein Day in 2004, Hans-Adam II formally turned the power of making day-to-day governmental decisions over to his son, to preparing for the transition to a new generation. Hans-Adam remains Head of State.[1]

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.[3]

In 2011, Alois threatened to exercise his royal veto if voters approved a forthcoming referendum to legalize abortion in the principality.[4] Such a veto was not necessary as the voters rejected the proposal.[5]

Following the Prince's threat, 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.[6]

Marriage and children[edit]

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:[1]

  • Prince Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 24 May 1995 in London)
  • Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of Liechtenstein, Countess Rietberg (born 17 October 1996 in Grabs, Canton of St. Gallen)
  • Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 20 April 1999 in Grabs).
  • Prince Sebastian Alexander Maria of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 6 December 2000, in Grabs)

National Day/Open Castle[edit]

The Prince hosts an open day at his castle on the 15th of August every year where guests are treated to local drinks, delicacies, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the Princely Family itself. National Day 2013, Prince Alois meeting an admirer.. Later that night the castle is lit up by an elaborate projection system and a world class fireworks display and street fair goes on late into the night.

Honours[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Others honours[edit]

See also[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hereditary Prince Alois". Fuerstenhaus.li. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  2. ^ Liechtenstein prince wins powers BBC News Online, 16 March 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2006.
  3. ^ Rosenbaum, Harry (28 November 2005). "Voters defeat restrictive initiative". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Jordans, Frank (8 September 2011). "Liechtenstein prince threatens to veto referendum". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Zeldin, Wendy (27 September 2011). "Liechtenstein: No to Legalized Abortion". Global Legal Monitor. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Liechtenstein, 1. Juli 2012 : Vermindertes Vetorecht des Fürsten" (in German). Sudd.ch. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  7. ^ Coronation of Willem Alexander of the Netherlands
  8. ^ Parliamentary question, page=1381
  9. ^ Sovereign Military Order of Malta

External links[edit]

Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
Born: 11 June 1968
Lines of succession
First Line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne Succeeded by
Joseph Wenzel