Friday, February 14, 2014

Royal Profile: Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein was born 14 February 1945, as the eldest son of Prince Franz Joseph II and Princess Gina {Source}. He grew up with three brothers and a sister  {Source}{Source}:
  • Prince Philipp (1945-)
  • Prince Nikolaus (1947-)
  • Princess Norbera (Nora) (1950-)
  • Prince Franz Joesph (1962-1991)


He attended primary school in Liechtenstein, and was a member of a boy scout troop in his youth {Source}.  At the age of 11 in 1956, he entered Schottengymnasium in Austria, as his father had before him{Source}. In 1960, he transfered schools to the Grammar School at Zuoz, which he completed in 1965 with the Swiss advanced-level diploma and the German Abitur certificate{Source} . Prince Hans-Adam II then worked at a bank in London as a trainee{Source}. He speaks several languages fluently including German (the official language of Liechtenstein), English and French{Source}. After a few years of work experience, the young prince decided to return to school for a degree in Mangagement and Economics in Switzerland, where he earned a degree of Licentiate in 1969{Source}. 

He married Countess Marie von Wchinitz unt Tettau on 30 July 1967{Source}. Together, they have four children and 15 grandchildren {Source}{Source}:
  • Hereditary Prince Alois (1968)
    • Princess Sophie in Bravia (married 1993)
      • Prince Joesph Wenzel of Liechtenstein (1995)
      • Princess Marie-Caroline of Liechtenstein (1996)
      • Prince Georg-Antonius of Liechtenstein (1999)
      • Prince Nikolaus Sebastian (2000)
  • Prince Maximillian (1969)
    • Angela M. Brown Married 2000
      • Prince Alfons (2001)
  • Prince Constantin (1972)
    • Princess Maria (married 1999)
      • Prince Moritz (2003)
      • Princess Georgina (2005)
      • Prince Benedikte (2008)
  • Princess Tatjana of Liechtenstein (1973)
    • married Philipp Baron von Lattorff in 1999
      • Lukas Maria von Lattorff (2000)
      • Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff (2002)
      • Marie Teresa von Lattorff (2004)
      • Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorff (2005)
      • Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (2007)
      • Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (2009)
      • Maximilian Maria von Lattorff (2011)
In 1970, his father entrusted him with the reorganization of the mangagement and adminstration of all the assets belonging to the Princely House {Source}. In 1984, his father appointed him as his permanent deputy under Article 13 of the Constitution, which intrusted Prince Hans-Adam with the discharge of State Business {Source}. In November 1989, when his father died, he assumed regency where he was a notable advocate of independence in Liechtenstein's foreign policy  {Source}.Under his leadership, Liechtenstein successfully acceded to the UNO in 1990 and to the EEA in 1995 {Source}. In 2004, he did a similar thing that his father had done before him, and appointed his Hereditary Prince his permanent deputy  {Source}.

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