|Her Serene Highness
Princess of Liechtenstein
|Kothbauer in April 2013|
|Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Belgium and to the European Union|
|Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Austria|
11 December 1997
|Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the Czech Republic|
11 April 2011
6 August 1960 |
|Relations||Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (first cousin)|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
Maria-Pia Ludovika Ulrika Elisabeth Paschaline Katharina Ignazia Lucia Johanna Josefa Kothbauer, Princess of Liechtenstein (born on 6 August 1960), is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liechtenstein to Austria and the Czech Republic, formerly also to Belgium and the European Union. She also serves as Liechtenstein's Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and to the United Nations.
Born in Vienna as Princess Maria-Pia of Liechtenstein, Kothbauer is the fifth child and second daughter of Prince Karl Alfred and his wife, Archduchess Agnes Christina of Austria. A member of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein, she is a first cousin of the present monarch, Prince Hans-Adam II. On 4 August 1995, she married Max Kothbauer, now Vice President of the National Bank of Austria. The couple's only child, a son named Hieronymous, was born on 26 January 1997. Since her marriage, she has been officially styled as "Her Serene Highness Maria-Pia Kothbauer, Princess of Liechtenstein".
Education and career
Princess Maria-Pia graduated from the Schule der Dominikanerinnen, run by Dominican nuns, in Vienna in 1978. She then enrolled in Columbia University, attaining the degree of Master of Arts in Political Science.
From 1984 until 1986, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and then from 1987 until 1988 for the Foreign Department of Caritas in Vienna. Since 1989, Princess Maria-Pia has been in diplomatic service of the Principality of Liechtenstein, and started working for the Embassy of Liechtenstein in Vienna in 1990. From 1993 until 1996, she served as Liechtenstein's Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union.
In August 1996, she became Permanent Representative of the Principality of Liechtenstein in Vienna, as well as Ambassador and Head of Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). In December next year, Kothbauer assumed the office of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liechtenstein to Austria. Since July 2000, she has served as Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations. In April 2011, she became Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Liechtenstein to the Czech Republic. She resides in Vienna.
Kothbauer speaks German, English and French, and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Kothbauer presenting her credentials to Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic
Kothbauer and Ernst Walch in December 2002
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