H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois

Hereditary Prince Alois was born in Zurich on 11 June 1968 as the eldest son of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein and was christened Alois Philipp Maria. This name was given to the Prince in memory of his great-grandfather, Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, the father of then reigning Prince Franz Josef II.

Hereditary Prince Alois spent his youth at Vaduz Castle. He attended primary school in Vaduz-Ebenholz, and entered the Liechtenstein Gymnasium (high school) in 1979. He graduated in the spring of 1987 (high school diploma type B, with an emphasis on literature and history).

Subsequently, he entered the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Great Britain, where he completed his officer's training. On receiving his commission as second lieutenant, he served for six months in the Coldstream Guards in Hong Kong and London.

In October 1988, Hereditary Prince Alois enrolled as a student of jurisprudence at Salz­burg University. He completed these studies in the spring of 1993 with a master’s degree. From September 1993 until May 1996, he worked for a firm of chartered accountants in London. Since then, he is back in Vaduz and has been working for the family holdings.

On 15 August 2004 under Art. 13bis of the Constitution of the Principality of Liechtenstein Prince Hans-Adam II appointed Hereditary Prince Alois his permanent representative for exercising the sovereign powers due to him, in preparation for his succession to the throne. Since 15 August 2004 the Hereditary Prince has thus been performing both nationally and internationally the duties of Head of State of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
 

On 3 July 1993 HSH Hereditary Prince Alois was married to  HSH Duchess Sophie in Bavaria. They have four children:

  • Prince Joseph Wenzel, born 24 May 1995
  • Princess Marie Caroline, born 17 October 1996
  • Prince Georg, born 20 April 1999
  • Prince Nikolaus, born 6 December 2000.

Vaduz, May 2012                                                     

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