Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

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Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
The Hereditary Princess on 22 January 2013
BornSophie Herzogin in Bayern (Duchess in Bavaria)
(1967-10-28) 28 October 1967 (age 56)
Munich, West Germany
(m. 1993)
Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle
FatherPrince Max, Duke in Bavaria
MotherCountess Elisabeth Douglas

Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg (born Sophie Herzogin [Duchess] in Bavaria; 28 October 1967) was born a member of the House of Wittelsbach, with the courtesy title of Duchess in Bavaria, and second in line for the Jacobite succession.[1] She is married to Alois, Hereditary Prince and Regent of Liechtenstein.

Early life and education[edit]

Duchess Sophie in Bavaria born in Munich, the eldest of the five daughters of Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria, and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess in Bavaria (née Countess Douglas),[2] as well as a patrilineal great-great-granddaughter of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III.[3] She was born in Munich on 28 October 1967 and baptised as Sophie Elizabeth Marie Gabrielle[3] in the chapel of her family's Kreuth home on 18 November. Her godparents were her maternal aunt the Duchess of Marlborough and Princess Anna Gabriele of Wrede.[4]

Sophie spent her childhood together with her parents and sisters in Wildbad Kreuth. From 1978 to 1980, Sophie attended the Girls' Home Primary School of the English Lady in Heiligenstadt. She then moved to the Girls' Secondary Boarding School Hohenburg in Lenggries. Sophie then studied history and English language and literature at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.[3] She also attended Inchbald School of Design in London.[5]

Marriage and children[edit]

Duchess Sophie in Bavaria met Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein at her cousin's birthday party in Munich.[6] The couple married on 3 July 1993 at Cathedral of St. Florin in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.[2] They lived in London from September 1993 until May 1996, and have since then resided in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.[5] They have four children:

She became a naturalized Liechtenstein citizen after her marriage.[6]


At the beginning of 2003, it was made public that Sophie had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, from which she has recovered.[citation needed]


Hereditary Princess Sophie serves as a patron for many organizations and events, often relating to children, education and the arts. She regularly visited social institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes and auctions.[10][11] The Hereditary Princess often accompanies her husband on foreign visits, as well as many events within Liechtenstein itself.[12][13][14]

In 2006, the Hereditary Princess founded the Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung für Frau und Kind (Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation for Woman and Child). The foundation's purpose is to give women who unintentionally became pregnant a more positive life perspective for themselves and their children.[15] The foundation has three offices – in Liechtenstein, Vorarlberg and St. Gallen[16] – and is funded by the Liechtenstein princely family and by private donations.[16] The Hereditary Princess serves as president and trustee.[16] Sophie also founded a pregnancy counseling service named in Schaan, Buchs, and Feldkirch.[5][17] In April 2022, the foundation and Liechtenstein Red Cross launch the "Liechtenstein Family Network" project to support parents with young children from the age of 0 to 5 years in order to promote healthy development of children.[18]

Hereditary Princess Sophie has served as a president of the Liechtenstein Red Cross since 2015.[19][20] In March 2022, as president of the Red Cross, Hereditary Princess Sophie was interviewed by Radio Liechtenstein, discussing Liechtenstein's contribution to the International Red Cross's Ukraine relief funds during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[21] She is also a patron of the Liechtenstein Animal Welfare Association.[22] In addition, she supports Caritas Liechtenstein, an organisation that provides financial support to those facing severe financial troubles.[23] She also visited Gamander Children's Home, a shelter home for orphaned and abandoned children.[24] In September 2022, Sophie became the patron of the Heilpädagogische Zentrum in Liechtenstein (Special Education Center in Liechtenstein).[25]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

From her birth in 1967, Sophie was styled HRH Princess Sophie of Bavaria. In 1973, her father inherited the family name and style Duke in Bavaria from his great-uncle Duke Ludwig Wilhelm who had adopted him as heir in 1965; Sophie was then styled as HRH Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, Princess of Bavaria. On her marriage in 1993, she became HRH The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg, the Principality of Liechtenstein recognising and retaining her use of the style Royal Highness.[3]

Jacobite succession[edit]

  • 28 October 1967 – 3 July 1993 Her Royal Highness Princess Sophie of York, Duchess in Bavaria
  • 3 July 1993 – present: Her Royal Highness Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liectenstein, Princess of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Countess of Rietburg, Duchess in Bavaria

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Giles Hattersley (16 October 2011). "Sorry, Wills, Franz gets the crown". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c William Bortrick. "HSH Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein. The Royal Family of Liechtenstein. House of Liechtenstein". Burke's Peerage. Archived from the original on 15 June 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
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  4. ^ "The Descendants of Queen Mary IV and III".
  5. ^ a b c Wagner, Harold (31 December 2021). "Liechtenstein, Sophie von". Historisches Lexicon des Fürstentums Liechtenstein (in German). Archived from the original on 3 July 2022. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b ""Ich schätze den Humor der Liechtensteiner"" ["I appreciate the humor of the Liechtensteiners"]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland. 23 January 2019. Archived from the original on 17 July 2022. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  7. ^ "H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois". Liechtenstein Princely House Official Website. 30 March 2021. Archived from the original on 17 July 2022. Retrieved 17 July 2022. Princess Marie Caroline, born 17 October 1996
  8. ^ "Marie Caroline Liechtenstein". Parsons Paris. Archived from the original on 2 July 2022. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  9. ^ "Die jungen Royals aus Liechtenstein: Marie Caroline & ihre Brüder" [The young Royals from Liechtenstein: Marie Caroline & her brothers]. 16 August 2022. Archived from the original on 16 September 2022. Retrieved 16 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Altersheimbesuche von Erbprinzessin Sophie" [Hereditary Princess Sophie visits hospitals and retirement homes]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland (in German). Archived from the original on 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  11. ^ "DAFÜR SETZEN WIR UNS EIN". Art for Children. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Erbprinzenpaar und Regierungsrätin in Südkorea" [Hereditary Prince Couple and government councilor in South Korea]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland (in German). 4 December 2018. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  13. ^ "IKRK-Präsident trifft Erbprinzenpaar" [ICRC President meets Hereditary Prince Couple]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland (in German). 20 January 2020. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  14. ^ Zangellini, Michael (11 June 2022). "112th Liechtenstein State Fire Brigade Day". (in German). Archived from the original on 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  15. ^ Archived 2012-06-21 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ a b c "Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung" [Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation]. Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung (in German). Archived from the original on 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  17. ^ "". Archived from the original on 3 July 2022. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  18. ^ "Erbprinzessin Sophie startet Anlaufstelle für "frühe Hilfe"" [Hereditary Princess Sophie starts contact point for "early help"]. (in German). 6 April 2022. Archived from the original on 2 June 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Fürstin gibt Amt als Rot-Kreuz-Präsidentin ab" [The Princess Consort resigns as Red Cross President]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland (in German). 13 May 2014. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  20. ^ Liechtenstein Ministry of Foreign Affair (@MFA_LI) (17 January 2022). "H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois and H.R.H. Hereditary Princess Sophie, President of the Liechtenstein Red Cross, met with President of the ICRC @PmaurerICRC at Vaduz Castle today for an exchange on the global humanitarian situation". Twitter. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein praises her country for contributions to Ukraine relief funds". Royal Central. 11 March 2022. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022.
  22. ^ "Ein Herz für Hunde". 19 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022.
  23. ^ "Leise Arbeit mit grosser Wirkung" [Quiet work with a big impact]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland (in German). 23 May 2016. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  24. ^ "Erholung und Freude in Liechtenstein". Liechtenstein Red Cross. 16 February 2017. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  25. ^ "Erbprinzessin Sophie wird neue HPZ-Schirmherrin" [Hereditary Princess Sophie becomes the new patron of the HPZ]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland (in German). 25 September 2022. Archived from the original on 30 October 2022. Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  26. ^ "H.R.H Hereditary Princess Sophie". The Princely House of Liechtenstein. Retrieved 20 June 2023.

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Lines of succession
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Jacobite succession
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