Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

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Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein.jpg
The Hereditary Princess on 22 January 2013
Born (1967-10-28) 28 October 1967 (age 54)
Munich, West Germany
Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle
FatherPrince Max, Duke in Bavaria
MotherCountess Elisabeth Douglas
ReligionRoman Catholic

Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg (born Duchess Sophie 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]

Princess Sophie was 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 Archduchess Gabriela of Austria.[citation needed]

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.[4]

Marriage and children[edit]

Sophie married Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein on 3 July 1993 at Cathedral of St. Florin in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.[2] The couple lived in London from September 1993 until May 1996, and have since then resided in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.[4] They have four children:


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.[6][7] The Hereditary Princess often accompanies her husband on foreign visits, as well as many events within Liechtenstein itself.[8][9][10]

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.[11] The foundation have three office in Liechtenstein, Vorarlberg and St. Gallen[12] and funded by the Liechtenstein princely family and by private donations.[12] The Hereditary Princess serves as president and trustee.[12] Sophie also founded a pregnancy counseling service named in Schaan, Buchs and Feldkirch.[4][13] 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.[14]

Hereditary Princess Sophie served as a president of the Liechtenstein Red Cross since 2015.[15][16] In March 2022, as president of the Red Cross, Hereditary Princess Sophie was interviewed by Radio Liechtenstein where she talk about Liechtenstein contribution to the International Red Cross's Ukraine relief funds during Russian invasion of Ukraine.[17] She's also a patron of the Liechtenstein Animal Welfare Association.[18] In addition, she supports Caritas Liechtenstein, an organisation provides financial support to those facing severe financial troubles.[19] She also visited Gamander Children's Home, a shelter home for orphaned and abandoned children.[20]

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]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


See also[edit]


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  4. ^ a b c Wagner, Harold (31 December 2021). "Liechtenstein, Sophie von". Historisches Lexicon des Fürstentums Liechtenstein (in German). Archived from the original on 2 July 2022. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Marie Caroline Liechtenstein". Parsons Paris. Archived from the original on 2 July 2022. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "DAFÜR SETZEN WIR UNS EIN". Art for Children. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Archived 2012-06-21 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "". Archived from the original on 3 July 2022. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "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 17 June 2022. Retrieved 17 June 2022.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ "Ein Herz für Hunde". 19 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 June 2022.
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ "Erholung und Freude in Liechtenstein". Liechtenstein Red Cross. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 21 June 2022.

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