His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Liechtenstein Gymnasium

On March 14, 2012, His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Liechtenstein Gymnasium in Vaduz.  The prince was accompanied by Prime Minister Klaus Tschütscher.

During the celebration, the prince and Prime Minister Tschütscher, along with former teacher Mr. Franz Xaver, participated in a roundtable discussion in the auditorium of the Liechtenstein Gymnasium in front of hundreds of students and faculty.  The trio spoke about the history of the school, education, and much more.

Sources: LLV.li and Volksblatt

Photo courtesy of Volksblatt

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His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein Celebrates His Birthday at Vaduz Castle

On February 14, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein celebrated his 67th birthday with a reception at Vaduz Castle.  Guests included Prime Minister Klaus Tschütscher, members of Parliament, Chief Justice and Chairman of the Senate, Archbishop Haas, and many others.

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Source and photo courtesy of: Vaterland

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The Princely Family of Liechtenstein News

Per the Associated Press:

Liechtenstein’s princely family has indicated it would veto the results of any referendum that removed the prince’s power to veto the results of referendums.

Pro-democracy campaigners in the tiny Alpine principality announced this week that they will seek signatures for a referendum on whether to remove the power of veto.

The royal family said in a statement on its website late Thursday that it was “astonished” by the move.

It says it already rejected a similar proposal in 2003.

His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein last threatened to use his veto in September to block a plan to legalize abortion.

In the end his veto wasn’t required as a majority of Liechtensteiners voted against the law change.

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Random Royal News Regarding H.R.H. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg and H.S.H. Prince Alois of Liechtenstein.

This morning at the Grand Ducal Palace in Luxembourg His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri held an audience with Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Elio Di Rupo.  The prime minister is currently in Luxembourg for a brief working visit.

And, finally in the Dutch online newspaper, RD.nl, there is an interesting article regarding His Serene Highness Prince Alois of Liechtenstein. The article discusses the prince’s stance on abortion, the separation of church and state as well as boring politics in his country.  Click here to read the article (in Dutch.)

Photo courtesy of RD.nl

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T.S.H.s Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein host a New Year’s Reception at Vaduz Castle

Recently, Their Serene Highnesses Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein hosted the traditional New Year’s reception held at Vaduz Castle.  Over 580 guests attended the event along with Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein.  During the reception the princely family mingled with local dignitaries as well as ordinary people.

Source: Vaterland

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H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II Participates in the 2011 Peace of Light Ceremony. Plus, News Regarding Princess Marie and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein.

On December 21, 2011, His Serene Highness Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein participated in the 2011 Light of Peace From Bethlehem ceremony held at the Mauren Pfarrkirche in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.   To view photos please click here.

Meanwhile, Their Serene Highnesses Princess Marie and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein visited the St. Lawrence Nursing Home in Schaan. During their visit they presented gifts as well as mingled with the residents.  To view photos please click here. 

Source and photo courtesy of Volksblatt

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H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein: An Interview with CNN

Earlier this month CNN’s Richard Quest sat down with H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein regarding the country’s reputation as a “tax haven”.  Click the link below to watch the interview as well as to read an article.

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H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein News

On September 26, 2011, H.S.H. the Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein met with leaders from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland at their annual meeting at Vaduz castle in Liechtenstein.

According to the newspaper, Volksblatt, the theme of this afternoon’s meeting was education.  During a brief press conference Prince Alois  spoke of the importance for Liechtenstein to maintain close relations with other German-speaking countries.  With regards to education, the Austrian Prime Minister, Heinz Fischer, noted the importance of education in the German-speaking countries and the German Prime Minister, Christian Wulff agreed… as he should.

Video of the German leaders on their way to Vaduz Castle.

Source and photo courtesy of: Volksblatt

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Liechtenstein Celebrates National Day 2011

On August 15, 2011, the tiny country of Liechtenstein celebrated its National Day.  In attendance were Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife Princess Marie along with Prince Alois, Princess Sophie, Prince Constantin, Princess Marie and other members of the princely family.  Unfortunately, this year Princess Angela and Prince Maximilian were not in attendance (at least I haven’t seen them).

To watch several videos from today please click the links below:

Source: Volksblatt

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HSH Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein Receives the Ambassador of Malta

800px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svgOn February 28, 2011, HSH Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein received the Ambassador of Malta, Maximilian Turnauer, at Schloss Vaduz in Liechtenstein.

The purpose of Mr. Turnauer’s visit was to receive the “…Grand Cross of the Princely Liechtenstein Order of Merit, for his contribution to the country of Liechtenstein…”

To view photos from the event please click the link:  Vaterland.li

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A Happy Birthday to HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein: He’s 66 Years Old Today

On February 14, 1945, HSH Prince Johannes (Hans) Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marko d’Aviano Pius von und zu Liechtenstein was born in Zurich, Switzerland to HSH Prince Francis Joseph II  and HSH Princess Georgine “Gina” Norberte Johanna Franziska Antonie Marie Raphaela von Wilczek.

Besides speaking four languages fluently, the dashing Prince is highly educated.  In 1969, he graduated from the University of St. Gellen in Switzerland with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics.

In 1967, HSH The Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam married Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.  The couple eventually had  four children, and today they are proud grandparents of fourteen.

On November 13, 1989,  Hans-Adam II ascended to the throne and became the Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein.    With a head for business, HSH Prince Hans-Adam is the wealthiest ruler in Europe having amassed a personal fortune over 12.1 billion US dollars (9 billion Euros.)

In 2009, HSH Prince Hans-Adam published a book entitled, The State in the Third Millennium, whereupon he discusses the issue of:

...the centrality of democracy in the modern nation-state and makes the case for limited government: ‘[The United States and Europe] have to free the state from all the unnecessary tasks and burdens with which it has been loaded during the last hundred years, which have distracted it from its two main tasks: maintenance of the rule of law and foreign policy.’ Using the examples of China and Russia to illustrate the difficulty of transitioning from dictatorships to democracy, he asserts the primacy of establishing economic freedom. Finally, he speaks to the importance of America maintaining its preeminent role in world affairs. (Hoover Institution, Stanford University)

I haven’t read the book, but after watching a lengthy interview with the Prince I must say that I am intrigued with his thesis.  To watch the interview with HSH Prince Hans-Adam please click the link:  An Interview with HSH Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

Any way, Happy 66th Birthday to Prince Hans-Adam.  You’re awesome!

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Happy 11th Wedding Anniversary to HSH Prince Maximilian and HSH Princess Angela von und zu Liechtenstein

On January 29, 2000, HSH Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein married fashion designer, Angela Brown, at the St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City.

The couple met in 1997 at a private party in NYC.  At the time, Prince Maximilian was working at a mega bank while Angela was working with designer, Adrienne Vittadini.   Angela also had her own small fashion label entitled, A. Brown.

Two years later the couple were engaged and Angela resigned from her job.

Over 500 guests attended the stunning wedding including HSH Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, HSH Princess Marie.  The groom’s brother, Prince Alois and his wife Princess Sophie were there and so were Prince Constantin and his wife Princess Marie and Princess Tatjana.

Today, the couple have one son and currently live in Germany where Prince Maximilian works for a wealth management company.  Unfortunately, it is unknown if Princess Angela still designs clothing, but I can assume that she does something interesting.   The Prince and Princess every so often take part in official events in Liechtenstein including the festive National Day which is held every year in August.

Here are some quick facts about Princess Angela: The Private Princess:

  1. The Princess was born in Panama and came to the United States when she was young.
  2. She graduated from Parson’s School of Design.
  3. Began working at a major fashion house.
  4. Had her own label, A. Brown.
  5. Extremely private.
  6. She is several years older than her husband.
  7. Intelligent, beautiful, and kind.

Please click the link to learn more about Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein:   Exclusiv.li


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A New Year’s Reception at Vaduz Castle in Liechenstein

Finally!  Finally, I can report some news from the beautiful country of Liechtenstein and the Princely family.

Like other royal and princely houses in Europe, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein held their annual New Year’s reception at the majestic Vaduz Castle.

HSH Prince Hans-Adam, HSH Princess Marie, Hereditary Prince Alois and his wife Princess Sophie greeted a myriad of guests inside the castle.  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served while the attendees and Princely family mingled.  All in all the reception looked like, well, a fun reception.    🙂

Source courtesy of: Volksblatt.li

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