Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein

Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
Prince Regent of Liechtenstein
Regent of Liechtenstein
Regency 15 August 2004 – present
Monarch Hans-Adam II
Prime Ministers
Born (1968-06-11) 11 June 1968
Zürich, Switzerland
Prince Joseph Wenzel
Princess Marie-Caroline
Prince Georg
Prince Nikolaus
Full name
Alois Philipp Maria
House Liechtenstein
Father Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Mother Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau
Religion Roman Catholic

Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg (born 11 June 1968, full name: Alois Philipp Maria), is the eldest son of Hans Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau. Alois has been regent of Liechtenstein (Stellvertreter des Fürsten) since 15 August 2004. He is married to Duchess Sophie in Bavaria.[1]

Education and military service

Alois attended the Liechtenstein Grammar School in Vaduz-Ebenholz and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. He served in the Coldstream Guards in Hong Kong and London for six months before entering the University of Salzburg, from which he earned a Master's degree in Jurisprudence in 1993.[1]


Until 1996, Alois worked at a firm of chartered accountants in London. In May of that year, he returned to Vaduz and became active in managing his father's finances.[1]

Hans-Adam II retained the sweeping powers (the right to veto laws and elect judges) in a Constitutional referendum in 2003.[2]

On Liechtenstein Day in 2004, Hans-Adam II formally turned the power of making day-to-day governmental decisions over to his son, preparing for the transition to a new generation. Hans-Adam remains head of state.[1]

On 27 November 2005, Liechtenstein voters rejected an initiative that would prohibit abortion and birth control in the principality. Instead, a government-sponsored counter proposal was ratified. The pro-life initiative was supported by Roman Catholic Archbishop Wolfgang Haas. Alois was initially sympathetic to the pro-life proposal, but became neutral during the run-up to the vote.[3]

In 2011, Alois threatened to exercise his princely veto if voters approved a forthcoming referendum to legalize abortion in the principality.[4] Such a veto was not necessary as the voters rejected the proposal.[5]

Following the Prince's threat, an initiative called "Damit deine Stimme zählt" ("So that your voice counts") was launched to change the constitution to prevent the Prince from vetoing legislation approved in referendums. The referendum was held on 1 July 2012 and 76% of voters upheld the Prince's power to veto referendum results.[6]

Marriage and children

On 3 July 1993, at St. Florin's in Vaduz, Alois married Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, now also Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein and Countess Rietberg. They have four children:[1]

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles

  • 11 June 1968 – 13 November 1989: His Serene Highness Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, Count Rietberg.
  • 13 November 1989 – present: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein.
    • 15 August 2004 – present: His Serene Highness The Prince Regent of Liechtenstein.


National honours

Foreign honours

Others honours

See also



  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Hereditary Prince Alois". Archived from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  2. Liechtenstein prince wins powers BBC News Online, 16 March 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2006.
  3. Rosenbaum, Harry (28 November 2005). "Voters defeat restrictive initiative". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  4. Jordans, Frank (8 September 2011). "Liechtenstein prince threatens to veto referendum". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  5. Zeldin, Wendy (27 September 2011). "Liechtenstein: No to Legalized Abortion". Global Legal Monitor. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  6. "Liechtenstein, 1. Juli 2012 : Vermindertes Vetorecht des Fürsten" (in German). Retrieved 2012-11-29.
  7. Coronation of Willem Alexander of the Netherlands
  8. Parliamentary question, page=1381
  9. eliechtensteinensia
  10. Vanitatis
  11. Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
Born: 11 June 1968
Liechtensteiner royalty
Preceded by
Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
13 November 1989 – present
Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
Lines of succession
First Line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne Succeeded by
Joseph Wenzel
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