Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein
Prince Nikolaus in 2010
24 October 1947 |
|Spouse||Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg (m. 1982)|
|Father||Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein|
|Mother||Countess Georgina Norberta of Wilczek|
|House of Liechtenstein|
Prince Nikolaus Ferdinand Maria Josef Raphael of Liechtenstein (born 24 October 1947) is the non-resident Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the Holy See and a younger brother of the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II.
In 1950 at the age of three Nikolaus was made a Knight of Justice in minority of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. When the class of knights in minority was abolished in 1961, Nikolaus received his present rank in the order as a Knight of Honour and Devotion.
Nikolaus completed his primary education in Vaduz before attending the Schottengymnasium in Vienna and the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz. From 1968 to 1972 he studied law at the University of Vienna from which he graduated with the degree Doctor iuris.
From 1973 to 1974 Nikolaus was Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. From 1975 to 1976 he worked for courts in Vaduz. From 1977 to 1978 he was an advisor to the Office of International Relations of the Liechtenstein government.
From 1979 to 1989 Nikolaus was Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In 1986 he was appointed non-resident Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the Holy See, a position he still maintains. From 1989 to 1996 he was Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Switzerland. From 1996 to September 2010 he was Ambassador of Liechtenstein to Belgium.
Marriage and issue
Nikolaus married on 20 March 1982, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg, Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, youngest daughter of Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg. For the time being, this is the last dynastically equal marriage between two sovereign houses currently reigning in Europe.
They had four children:
- Prince Leopold Emmanuel Jean Marie of Liechtenstein (Brussels, 20 May 1984 - Brussels, 20 May 1984).
- Princess Maria-Anunciata Astrid Joséphine Veronica of Liechtenstein (born Brussels-Uccle, 12 May 1985).
- Princess Marie-Astrid Nora Margarita Veronica of Liechtenstein (born Brussels-Uccle, 26 June 1987).
- Prince Josef-Emanuel Leopold Marie of Liechtenstein (born Brussels-Uccle, 7 May 1989).
Niklaus was Chief Scout (German: Korpsführer) of Fürstlich Liechtensteinische Pfadfinderkorps St. Georg from 1971 to 1989. Today he is an honorary member of the Scout association. Nikolaus spoke at the European Forum of Guild-Scouts in Grossarl in 1990 about the topic of hunting and nature protection.
- Liechtenstein: Grand Star of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein, 1st Class
- Liechtenstein: Recipient of the 70th Birthday Medal of Prince Franz Joseph II
- Austria: Grand Cross of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, Silver
- Holy See: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Pope Pius IX
- Luxembourg: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau
- Luxembourg: Recipient of the Grand Duke Jean Silver Jubilee Medal
- Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 3rd First Class
|Ancestors of Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein|
- Maria-Pia Kothbauer, Princess of Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Austria and the Czech Republic
- Prince Stefan of Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Germany
- Liechtenstein State Directory (in German)
- H.J.A. Sire, The Knights of Malta, A Modern Resurrection (London: Third Millenium, 2016), 223.
- "Curriculum vitae" (PDF) (in German).
- Portal of the Principality of Liechtenstein - Embassy of Brussels
- "Geschichte der liechtensteinischen Pfadfinderbewegung" (in German). Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- "Über unseren Verband" (in German). Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
- "themen" (in German). Europa-Forum Großarl. Retrieved 2008-01-30.
- Seeger Press, Photo of Prince Nikolaus and Family at the Beatification of Emperor Charles I of Austria
- Military Collection
- Parliamentary question, page=930
- www.chivalricorders.org - Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Prince Nikolaus of LiechtensteinBorn: 24 October 1947
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