Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Princess of Liechtenstein (1940-2021)


@Princely House of Liechtenstein

An announcement from the Princely House:

"Her Serene Highness Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein died on 21 August 2021 at 4:43 pm in the hospital in Grabs. After her health steadily deteriorated following a stroke on 18 August 2021, she passed away today in the presence of her family and after receiving the Holy Sacraments of the Last Supper, peacefully and with great trust in God."

From the Princely family's website

"Princess Marie, wife of Prince Hans-Adam II, was born in Prague as the fourth of seven children of Count Ferdinand Carl Kinsky von Wchinitz and Tettau and Countess Henriette, née Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln.

Her family was expelled from what was then Czechoslovakia in 1945 and fled to Germany. Princess Marie attended elementary school in Ering am Inn from 1946 to 1949. She then entered the boarding school of the Lioba sisters in the Wald monastery in Württemberg for eight years and graduated from the Realgymnasium.

 Princess Marie completed a language study trip to England. She then attended the Academy for Commercial Graphics at the University of Munich for six semesters and graduated with a diploma. After another, shorter language stay in Paris, she worked as a commercial artist in a print shop in Dachau until her engagement in 1965."

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She was born in Prague on April 14, 1940, and died in a hospital in Grabs, Switzerland.  She was 81 years old. 

Princess Marie Aglaë Bonaventura Theresia married the then Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam II at St. Florin's in Vaduz on July 30, 1967. They have four children: Hereditary Prince Alois (1968), Prince Maximilian (1969), Prince Constantin (1972), and Princess Tatjana (1973).   She is survived by her husband, Prince Hans Adam II, their children, and 15 grandchildren: TSH Prince Josef Wenzel, Princess Marie Caroline, Prince Georg, Prince Nikolaus, Prince Alfons, Prince Moritz, Princess Georgina, Prince Benedikt of Liechtenstein and Lukas, Elisabeth, Marie, Camilla, Anna, Sophie, Maximillan von Lattorf.

This image and all that follow are from the Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

In August 1989, I had a private tour of part of Schloss Vaduz   The Prince of Liechtenstein (Franz Josef invited me, but when I finally was able to visit, I was told that I could not meet with the Prince.  I did not know and was not told that he was unwell.  The tour did place with the Prince's secretary. I met the then Hereditary Prince and Princess and Prince Alois and their dog as I walked across the courtyard.)   Franz Josef II died on November 13, 1989, 13 days after the death of his wife Princess Gina.


Malcolm said...

Well it’s sad news-but perhaps for the best.The life of a stroke victim is not pleasant.

Wendy Hunter said...

What a lovely tribute, Marlene. And how wonderful that you had a tour of the Palace, when you did. I particularly like the charming photo of the Late Princess posing rather coyly in the green frock! She was such an elegant woman.