(VIDEO) TMs King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Visit Liechtenstein.

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On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Their Majesties King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium along with His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, and Their Royal Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein participated in the annual meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries held at the beautiful Schloss Vaduz in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

Other attendees included the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Joachim Gauck, the President of Austria, Mr. Heinz Fischer, and the President of the Swiss Federation, Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga.

During today’s meeting discussions focused on “…current political issues including the current migrant crisis in Europe…” according to the newspaper, Vaterland.

Please click the links below to watch a video as well as to view photos from today’s meeting in Vaduz.

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Photo courtesy of Vaterland

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Their Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie Algae of Liechtenstein Visit Vienna, Austria. Plus, Other News.(VIDEO)

On April 9, 2013, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie Algae of Liechtenstein arrived in Vienna, Austria to begin their one-day official visit.

Upon their arrival at the beautiful Hofburg Palace Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie Algae were welcomed by the President of Austria, Mr. Heinz Fischer and his wife, as well as by several government officials.  After the traditional military honors ceremony in the courtyard of the Hofburg the princely couple were ushered into the palace for a brief photo-op.  Then, Prince Hans-Adam II and President Fischer accompanied by their delegations participated in a meeting inside the President’s office.  Discussions focused on the usual.  You know, bilateral and economic relations, etc, etc.

In the afternoon, a luncheon was held in the Prince and Princess’s honor at the palace.  Two hours later the princely couple toured Klosterneuburg Abbey and in the evening they, along with Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, visited the Stadtpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna.

Click here to view a photo gallery.

In other news, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein recently received credentials from the Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco, Ms. Carole Lanteri, at Schloss Vaduz in Liechtenstein.   For more information about yesterday’s event please click here.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein Calls for Austerity. (VIDEOS)

In German

On March 27, 2013, His Serene Highness Prince Alois of Liechtenstein attended the opening session of Parliament in Vaduz.  According to AFP and Volksblatt, during yesterday’s session the prince gave a speech urging Parliament:

“…to prepare the Principality of Liechtenstein for austerity and to prepare a balanced budget as soon as possible.  The prince warned that forecasts for 2013 show a deficit of 172 million Euros which represents nearly a quarter of spending. The prince exclaimed ‘I see this situation with great concern for the long term good of our country…’

Liechtenstein has a AAA rating by Standard and Poor’s, which recently confirmed its rating with a stable outlook, highlighting that the Principality has stable institutions and a clear political line, which offers a guarantee of control of economic and financial challenges.”

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein Holds an Audience.

800px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svgOn Friday, January 18, 2013, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein held an audience with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, at Schloss Vaduz.

During their meeting the hereditary prince presented the prime minister with the Grosskreuz des Fürstlich Liechtensteinischen (Grand Cross of Merit of Liechtenstein).

To view photos as well as to learn more about today’s meeting please click here.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein Visits Japan.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein arrived in Tokyo yesterday, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Family Affairs and Gender Equality of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Dr. Klaus Tschütscher, to begin their  five-day official visit to Japan.

The purpose of the visit is to “…strengthen the relations between Japan and the Principality of Liechtenstein.” 

Any way, this morning Hereditary Prince Alois met with His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito at Togu Palace.  Afterward, the two princes visited the National Art Center in Tokyo where they viewed an exhibition entitled, Masterworks from the Collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness The Duke of York and His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein (VIDEOS)

On Monday, September 3, 2012, His Royal Highness The Duke of York was in London “…abseiling down the Shard skyscraper…” to raise money for the Outward Bound Trust.

Click here to watch a video news report as well as to read an article from the BBC News.

And, finally, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein recently attended the opening of Lihga 2012 in Schaan.

Members of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein Celebrate National Day 2012 (VIDEOS)

Interview with Prince Hans-Adam II

On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein along with Hereditary Prince Alois and Princess Sophie celebrated National Day 2012 in Vaduz.  Unfortunately, Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela of Liechtenstein did not attend.

The princely family, along with thousands of locals, celebrated their special day “… on the grassy meadows below Vaduz Castle… at 2pm a folk festival began in the Vaduz Städtle and in the evening there were fireworks…”

Also, during today’s celebrations Hereditary Prince Alois gave a speech regarding immigration and reforms.  Here is what he had to say (rough translation, sorry):

Hereditary Prince Alois has called for reforms and a Cautious Opening of  Immigration for Economic Reasons.

‘The economy calls for an easing of immigration rules. Otherwise, the country could recruit not enough experts in the current critical phase’ the Hereditary Prince Alois said in his speech on the Vaduz Castle meadow in the splendid summer weather before over 2,000 festival visitors. 

Hereditary Prince Alois, who took over the reign from his father eight years ago, proposed a “well-designed and cautious opening” of immigration. The country should be connected to a facilitated naturalization of host foreigners. Liechtenstein is one of approximately 37,000 inhabitants and almost as many jobs as possible. The commuters make up the majority of the employees.

Reforms according to Hereditary Prince Alois are also needed in the next few years in the social system. He also spoke about pension, care, family support and health. The responsibility in these areas must be strengthened and help must come to the really needy. According to the prince, this means that quite a few premium payers will get the cost of social security systems to track more.

As another key priority, is the education system. The system has improved not only by money, but need further reforms, roughly in the direction of school autonomy.

 

Source: Volksblatt

 

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein Remain in Power. In Other Words, The Princes Still Have Veto Power

According to Reuters, “… voters in Liechtenstein rejected a proposal to abolish the ruling prince’s right to veto… 76.1% to 24% in favor of the princes…” So, yeah… the bratty ballerinas of Liechtenstein still have a firm hand and absolute power over their subjects.  Eyes

Click here to read the entire article.

Another Article in German

Source: Reuters. Photo courtesy of AP/P. Klaunzer

The Princes vs. The People: A Showdown in the Principality of Liechtenstein

Could this be the end of the principality of Liechtenstein? Possibly.  “The people of Liechtenstein will go to the polls on Sunday in a nationwide referendum aimed at curtailing the political power of the princely family…” the BBC News reports.

If the referendum passes, which would remove the princes veto power over legislation, Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein vowed to “halt their [privileged] princely duties…”  Basically, they’re acting like ballerinas with holes in their tights abandoning their stage (country)!

Brats.

Confused by all this?  Well, click the links below to read several articles.

Source: BBC News

Royal News Regarding Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan. Plus, News Regarding His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam von und zu Liechtenstein

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan were at Akasaka Imperial Compound in Tokyo on June 12, 2012, to attend the wake for the late Prince Tomohito of Japan.

Prince Tomohito of Japan, cousin of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito, died last week at the age of 66.  The late prince was outspoken regarding the issue of women ascending the Chrysanthemum throne.  Basically, he was against it.

Any way, to learn more about the life of the late prince as well as to view photos of the Imperial Crown Princely couple please click here and here.

And, finally, here is an article from Reuters regarding the ongoing drama in the principality of Liechtenstein and His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam von und zu Liechtenstein.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein Vows to Quit His Princely Duties

According to AFP news, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein and his family vowed to quit their princely duties, “…if Liechtenstein passes a referendum eliminating the prince’s veto, a power enshrined in the constitution.”

Last month the prince stated:

The royal family is not willing to undertake its political responsibilities unless the prince… has the necessary tools at his disposal…  But if the people are no longer open to that, then the royal family will not want to undertake its political responsibilities and will completely withdraw from political life.

Click here to read more from France 24.

Source: AFP News

Random Royal News Regarding the Princely House of Liechtenstein (VIDEO)

Per the newspaper Solothurner Zeitung (rough translation):

“Green Light for the Prince Initiative in Liechtenstein.”

The collection of signatures for a popular initiative to restrict the right of veto of the Princely House can begin in the Principality of Liechtenstein. The Vaduz Parliament has judged the initiative on Wednesday as constitutional.

The 25-Member Parliament unanimously followed the Government, which had sought to allow the constitutional initiative “Yes – for your vote to count” to the collection of signatures. The initial developers must have 1500 signatures together for the emergence of desire within six weeks.

The politically explosive move from among the Liechtenstein democracy movement aims that the people in urn votes have the last word. Voting decisions should be can levered no longer by the Prince or his Deputy with the so-called sanctions law.

The sanction or veto in the Liechtenstein Constitution stated that any new or amended law of the approval of the Princely House is needed. The same goes for constitutional changes. In contrast to the Switzerland, the Liechtenstein has two sovereigns: the people and the Princes.

Discussion was last fall before the vote on the legalisation of abortion the right of veto. Hereditary Prince Alois had announced before the ballot he will not sign the amendment, even if the people assume an appropriate initiative, which then but was not the case.

Waves go up

The popular initiative on the restriction of the princely veto has made already in recent weeks go up the waves in the small State. Hereditary Prince Alois stressed in his speech before the Parliament beginning of March that the Princely House is withdrawing from political life, should accept the people’s initiative.

The vote on the initiative could sharpen as already 2003 – to the question, whether the Liechtenstein people wants or not keep the monarchy in the current form.

And even before the petition last week in the Liechtenstein daily newspapers full-page ads were abandoned, recommend a no to this constitutional initiative. Further, the newspapers have repeatedly reported of anonymous threats against members of the initiative Committee.

 Click here to watch a video news report. 

(in German and please scroll down to watch the clip)