Hereditary Prince Alois was born in Zurich on June 11, 1968, as the eldest son of Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie. Under the House Law of the Princely Family, Hereditary Prince Alois is destined to succeed to the throne. He has been performing the duties of Head of State of the Principality of Liechtenstein since August 15, 2004.
The name Alois was given to the Hereditary Prince in memory of his great-grandfather, Prince Alois von Liechtenstein. Hereditary Prince Alois spent his youth at Vaduz Castle. He attended elementary 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 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 has been back in Vaduz where he is responsible for various aspects of the family’s assets.
On August 15, 2004, under Art. 13bis of the Constitution of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Prince Hans-Adam II appointed Hereditary Prince Alois as his permanent representative in preparation for his succession to the throne. The Hereditary Prince has therefore been performing the duties of Head of State of the Principality of Liechtenstein, both nationally and internationally.
On July 3, 1993, Hereditary Prince Alois married Duchess Sophie in Bavaria. They have four children: