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Hans-Adam II
Prince (Frst) of Liechtenstein
Reign 13 November 1989 present
Predecessor Francis J oseph II
Heir apparent Prinz Alois
Regent Prinz Alois (15 August 2004
present)
Prime Ministers
Spouse Countess Marie Kinsky von
Wchinitz und Tettau
Issue
Prince (Prinz) Alois
Prince (Prinz) Maximilian
Prince (Prinz) Constantin
Princess (Prinzessin) Tatjana
Full name
J ohannes Adam Ferdinand Alois J osef Maria
Marko d'Aviano Pius
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Hans-Adam II (J ohannes (Hans) Adam Ferdinand Alois J osef
Maria Marko d'Aviano Pius Frst von und zu Liechtenstein;
born 14 February 1945), is the reigning Prince (Frst) of
Liechtenstein.
[1]
He is the son of Franz J oseph II, Prince
(Frst) of Liechtenstein (19061989) and his wife Countess
Georgina von Wilczek (19211989). He also bears the titles
Duke of Troppau and J gerndorf, and Count Rietberg.
He descends in the direct male line from merely three of the
previous fourteen Princes of Liechtenstein, and of another
(again from two of the above mentioned three) in the female
line.
Contents [hide]
1 Powers
2 Personal wealth
3 Personal life
4 Viewpoints and book
5 Titles
6 Honours
6.1 National honours
6.2 Foreign honours
7 Ancestry
8 See also
9 References
10 External links
The Prince (Frst) of Liechtenstein has broad powers.
[1]
A
referendum to adopt Hans-Adam's revision of the constitution
to expand his powers passed in 2003.
[2]
The changes also
included a republican option, whereby the Prince was
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
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House House of Liechtenstein
Father Francis J oseph II
Mother Countess Georgina von
Wilczek
Born 14 February 1945 (age 69)
Zurich, Switzerland
Religion Roman Catholicism
henceforth formally barred from vetoing any bill to establish a
republic. In addition, the right of each of the parishes which
make up the Principality to secede was recognised. Prince
Hans-Adam had announced his intention that his family and
he would move to Austria if the referendum failed. Despite
opposition from Mario Frick, a former prime minister, the
Prince's referendum motion was carried by the electorate.
On 15 August 2004 Prince Hans-Adam II formally turned the power of making day-to-day governmental
decisions over to his eldest son, the Hereditary Prince Alois, as a way of beginning a dynastic transition to a
new generation. Legally, Hans-Adam remains Head of State.
[3]
In J uly 2012 the people of Liechtenstein overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to curtail the political power of
the princely family. Despite an almost year-long campaign by those who opposed the changes, 76% of
those voting in a referendum said Hereditary Prince Alois should be allowed to retain his power of veto over
decisions made in nationwide ballots. Matters were brought to a head in September 2012, ahead of a
referendum on decriminalising abortion, in some cases, up to the 12th week of pregnancy. In Liechtenstein,
abortion is strictly illegal. Women wanting to end a pregnancy have to travel to neighbouring Germany or
Austria, and if found out, risk imprisonment. A few days before voters were due to cast their votes, Alois
announced that he would veto any relaxation of the ban on abortion, whatever the voters decided in the
referendum. The proposal was, its supporters said, fairly modest. The princely veto would be removed only
for nationwide referendums; the prince would still be able to veto parliamentary decisions. In the end,
though, voters overwhelmingly backed the prince's powers, with barely 24% saying the veto should go.
[4]
Legislators, who serve on a part-time basis, rose in the prince's defence on 23 May, voting 18 to 7 against
the citizens' initiative as part of the procedure to put the referendum on the veto power before the
public.
[5]
Prince Hans-Adam reacted to the result "It is with joy and gratitude that the Princely House of
Liechtenstein has taken note that a large majority of the population would like to continue the hitherto so
successful 300-year partnership between the people and the Princely House."
[6]
Prince Hans-Adam owns LGT banking group and has a family fortune of $7.6 billion and a personal fortune
of about $4.0 billion,
[7]
making him one of the world's richest heads of state, and Europe's wealthiest
monarch.
[8]
He owns an extensive art collection, much of which is displayed for the public at the
Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna.
Hans-Adam's native language is German, but he is also fluent in English and French.
[citation needed]
On 30 J uly 1967, at St. Florin's in Vaduz, he married his second cousin once-removed, Countess Marie
Agla Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (born 1940) who, upon her husband's accession to the throne,
became Her Serene Highness The Princess of Liechtenstein. Their official residence is at Vaduz
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Liechtensteiner Princely Family
HSH The Prince
HSH The Princess
HSH The Hereditary Prince
HRH The Hereditary Princess
HSH Prince J oseph Wenzel
HSH Princess Marie-Caroline
HSH Prince Georg
HSH Prince Nikolaus
HSH Prince Maximilian
HSH Princess Angela
HSH Prince Alfons
HSH Prince Constantin
HSH Princess Marie
HSH Prince Moritz
HSH Princess Georgina
HSH Prince Benedikt
HSH Princess Tatjana
V T E
Castle, which overlooks the capital.
[citation needed]
Their children are:
Hereditary Prince Alois (b. Zrich, 11 J une 1968) He married
Duchess Sophie of Bavaria on 3 J uly 1993, 4 children:
Prince J oseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria of
Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 24 May 1995 in
London)
Princess Marie-Caroline Elisabeth Immaculata of
Liechtenstein, Countess Rietberg (born 17 October 1996
in Grabs, Switzerland)
Prince Georg Antonius Constantin Maria of
Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 20 April 1999 in
Grabs)
Prince Nikolaus Sebastian Alexander Maria of
Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 6 December 2000, in
Grabs)
Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein (b. St Gallen, 16 May
1969) He married Angela Gisela Brown civilly in Vaduz on 21
J anuary 2000 and religiously in New York City, New York, in
the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, on 29 J anuary 2000, 1
child:
Prince Alfons Constantin Maria (b. London, 18 May
2001)
Prince Constantin Ferdinand Maria (b. St Gallen, 15 March
1972), married civilly in Vaduz on 14 May 1999 and
religiously in ov, Slovakia, on 18 J uly 1999 Countess
Marie Gabriele Franziska Klnoky de Krspatak (b. Graz, 16
J uly 1975),
[9]
3 children:
Prince Moritz Emanuel Maria (b. New York City, 27 May 2003)
Princess Georgina Maximiliana Tatiana Maria (b. Vienna, 23 J uly 2005)
Prince Benedikt Ferdinand Hubertus Maria (b. Vienna, 18 May 2008)
Princess Tatjana Nora Maria (b. St Gallen, 10 April 1973), married in Vaduz on 5 J une 1999 Matthias
Claus-J ust Carl Philipp von Lattorff (b. Graz, 25 March 1968), 7 children:
Lukas Maria von Lattorff (b. Wiesbaden, 13 May 2000)
Elisabeth Maria Angela Tatjana von Lattorff (b. Grabs, 25 J anuary 2002)
Marie Teresa von Lattorff (b. Grabs, 18 J anuary 2004)
Camilla Maria Katharina von Lattorff (b. Monza, 4 November 2005)
Extended princely family [show]
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Anna Pia Theresia Maria von Lattorff (b. Goldgeben, 3 August 2007)
Sophie Katharina Maria von Lattorff (b. Goldgeben, 30 October 2009)
Maximilian Maria von Lattorff (b. Goldgeben, 17 December 2011)
In 1969, Hans-Adam graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a
Licentiate (equivalent to a Master's degree) in Business and Economic
Studies.
[citation needed]
The Prince is an honorary member of K.D.St.V. Nordgau Prag Stuttgart, a
Catholic students' fraternity that is a member of the Cartellverband der
katholischen deutschen Studentenverbindungen. The Prince chairs the
Advisory Council of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-determination at
Princeton University, LISD. In his childhood he joined the Pfadfinder und
Pfadfinderinnen Liechtensteins in Vaduz.
[10]
He is also a former member of
the Vienese Scout Group "Wien 16-Schotten".
[11]
He is a member of the
World Scout Foundation.
[12]
Today he and his wife are patrons of Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen
Liechtensteins.
[citation needed]
He is the 1,305th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in
Austria.
[citation needed]
Prince Hans-Adam II has written the political treatise The State in the Third Millennium (ISBN
9783905881042), which was published in late 2009. In it, he argues for the continued importance of the
nation-state as a political actor. He makes the case for democracy as the best form of government, which
he sees China and Russia as transitioning towards although the path will be difficult for these nations. He
also declared his role in a royal family as something that has legitimacy only from the assent of the people.
He stated that government should be limited to a small set of tasks and abilities, writing that people "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.
[13]
In an interview, recorded in November 2010, Hans-Adam said that he saw certain problems with aspects of
the US Constitution, such as the lack of direct democracy. He also said, "I am sitting here and that's
because Americans saved us during World War II and during the Cold War. So I am very grateful to
them."
[citation needed]
According to their House Laws,
[14]
the Reigning Prince (Frst) shall bear the title:
Reigning Prince (Frst) of Liechtenstein, Duke of Troppau and J gerndorf, Count Rietberg,
Photo by Erling
Mandelmann, 1974
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Liechtenstein : Grand Master of the Order of Merit of the Principality of Liechtenstein (13 November
1989).
Liechtenstein : Commemorative Medal on the Occasion of the 70th Birthday of His Serene Highness
Prince Franz J oseph II (16 August 1976).
[15]
House of Habsburg : Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece (1961).
[16]
Austria : Great Star of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (1991).
[17]
Ancestors of Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
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1. ^
a

b
S.D. Frst Hans-Adam II. (titled "Frst"), Note: There is a distinction between the German titles of a reigning
"Frst" and non-reigning descendants (children) of a "Frst" who are titled "Prinz", in German- use the English and
French translated versions with due caution. [1]
2. ^ Liechtenstein prince wins powers BBC News Online, 16 March 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2006.
3. ^ Country profile: Liechtenstein Leaders BBC News, 6 December 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2006.
4. ^ Foulkes, Imogen. (1 J uly 2012) BBC News Liechtenstein referendum rejects curbs on royal powers . Bbc.co.uk.
5. ^ The Prince vs. the 'Paupers' By Michael Z. Wise . Foreign Policy (29 J une 2012).
6. ^ http://www.fuerstenhaus.li/_news/attachments/2012_07_01_PM_Volksinitiative-J A---damit-DEINE-Stimme-
zaehlt_2012-07-01_ENGLISCH.pdf
7. ^ Fleck, Fiona (17 March 2003). Voters give billionaire prince new powers . The Daily Telegraph.
Retrieved 23 October 2009.
8. ^ Liechtenstein redraws Europe map BBC News Online, 28 December 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2006.
9. ^ Countly House of Klnoky . Angelfire.com.
10. ^ Frst Hans-Adam II. Retrieved 29 J anuary 2008.
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11. ^ Brsch-Fohraheim, Eugen (October 2008). "Schwedischer Knig als Pfadfinder in Wien-Zusammenkunft der
"Weltpfadfinderstiftung" in Wien 2008". 29 live (in German): 21.
12. ^ Seine Majestt Carl XVI Gustaf Knig von Schweden zu Gast in Wien Retrieved 29 October 2008.
13. ^ "H.S.H. Prince Hans-Adam II The State in the Third Millennium" . Uncommon Knowledge. 22 November
2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010.
14. ^ "Liechtenstein House Laws" . Fuerstenhaus.li. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
15. ^ Military Collection . None.
16. ^ Geneall
17. ^ Parliamentary question, page=903 . (PDF) .
Official website
2004: Royal power handover Prince Alois says democracy still
strong Real Audio sound file from the BBC.
Interview with Peter Robinson of Uncommon Knowledge
princeton.edu
Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
House of Liechtenstein
Born: 14 February 1945
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Franz J osef II
Prince of Liechtenstein
1989present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Alois
Authority control
WorldCat VIAF: 107828963 LCCN: no2010002940 ISNI : 0000 0001 2032 4561
GND: 119056496 SUDOC: 154726281
Current sovereigns
Categories: 1945 births 20th-century Roman Catholics 21st-century Roman Catholics
Princely Family of Liechtenstein Knights of the Golden Fleece Liechtenstein Roman Catholics
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