Monday, March 19, 2012

Royal death: Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein

Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein on March 16 in Rosegg, Austria.  He was 82 years old.   

Prince Alexander was a well respected member of the Rosegg community.  Mayor  Franz Richau recalled that " Several decades ago, Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein moved the family's timber operations from the Karawanken to Rosegg.  Afterward, he and his family moved into Schloss Rosegg, and were not only highly respected but also very popular citizens.  They proved to be an essential economic factor to the community."

Schloss Rosegg has been owned by Prince Alexander's family since 1831.  The castle and estate is seen as thriving estate, which includes a wax museum,animal park and a labyrinth.  The castle attracts between 70,000-80,000 people annually.

"Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein has laid the foundation for a thriving business in our community, creating many jobs for the community," the mayor said.

"The family name now lives on with his sons.  One is a doctor in Villach, another is in the diplomatic service.  Prince Emanuel will continue to successfully run the estate in Rosegg," the mayor said.

Prince Alexander Friedrich Manfred Maria of Liechtenstein was born at Vienna on May 12, 1929.  He was the eldest child of Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein and Countess Polixena von Collato und San Salvatore. 

On January 7, 1961,  Prince Alexander married  Princess Josephine of Löwenstein-Wertheim Rosenberg.  He is survived by his widow and three sons, Prince Christian (1961), Prince Stefan(1961) and Prince Emanuel (1964), and eleven grandchildren.

Prince Stefan serves as Liechtenstein's Ambassador to Germany.   His twin brother, Prince Christian is the doctor, who has a practice in Villach.

All three sons have made dynastic marriages.  Christian and his twin brother, Stefan, are married to Countess Marie-Christine of Waldenburg-Zeil-Hohenhems and Countess Florentine von Thun und Hohenstein, respectively.  Prince Emanuel is married to Countess Alexandra Kalnoky de Köröpatakm whose sister, Ilona, is married to Prince Ferdinand of Hohenzollern, youngest brother of the present head of the House, Prince Karl Friedrich.

Princess Josephine is a sister of the present Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg.
The funeral will take place on March 24 at the Pfarrkirche in Rosegg, followed by a private burial in the town's cemetery.


John said...


In Liechtenstein, is the marriage of a HSH and a countess considered dynastic? I noticed that the present consort and the consort of the prior sovereign were countesses too.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

yes, of course