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National Emblems

The coat of arms of the Prince of Liechtenstein has been used as the country’s greater coat of arms since 1719. That is when the two baronial estates of Vaduz and Schellenberg were elevated to the status of Imperial Principality.

Since the dying out of the other family lines, the coat of arms has been used by all members of the Princely House of Liechtenstein.

The Six Motifs on the Coat of Arms

  • The shield in the center depicts the red and gold coat of arms of the Liechtenstein family.
  • The golden-crowned eagle refers to Silesia.
  • The chaplet of rue stands for the coat of arms of the Kuenringer.
  • The red and silver coat of arms indicates the Duchy of Troppau.
  • The black eagle with the head of a woman is in memory of Prince Gundaker’s first wife Agnes von Ostfriesland.
  • A golden hunting horn suspended from a golden cord at the base of the coat of arms refers to the Duchy of Krnov.

The arms of the Princely House proper are used as the lesser arms of Liechtenstein.

More information on this can be found in the Law on the Coats of Arms, Colors, Seals and Emblems of the Principality of Liechtenstein (Coat of Arms Act).