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Old 01-23-2010, 03:48 AM
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London’s National Gallery and Liechtenstein Prince fail to agree on price for Coello masterpiece | The Art Newspaper

The National Gallery’s attempt to buy the Prince of Liechtenstein’s Sánchez Coello painting is deadlocked because no agreement can be reached on the price. Instead, Prince Hans-Adam II is willing to lend the Portrait of the Infante Don Diego (1577) to the gallery, since he wants it to be on public view and is presently unable to get a UK export licence to send it to his museum in Vienna.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:59 AM
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Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein and her husband Prince
Hans-Adam II. von und zu Liechtenstein celebrating the 70th
birthday of Princess Marie at the castle Vaduz, Liechtenstein,
April 14, 2010. On pic 3 you can see little musician Moritz Huemer.

On the occasion of her birthday a mass will be celebrated at the
cathedral of Vaduz on Sunday morning. Several family members
are expected to attend.


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Old 04-15-2010, 01:41 PM
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I can't wait for sunday! It will be one of the rare occasions for seeing the whole Princely Family in public perhaps.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:38 PM
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a video of princess marie's 70th birthday:

Videonews - Liechtenstein

and a photo gallery:

Galerien aus Liechtenstein - Fotos, Schnappschüsse, Bilder, foto, kamera#
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Mafan- I hope so too...
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Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus welcomes Prince Hans-Adam
II of Liechtenstein on May 5, 2010 at Prague Castle in Prague.

In the afternoon Prince Hans-Adam will attend the inauguration of an
exhibition of 300 classicist and Biedermeier works of art from the
Liechtenstein collections in the building of the Czech Senate in Prague.


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Has something changed? I thought Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic had no relations due to disputes over confiscations of princely property after World War II? Have those been resolved?
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On the occasion of her birthday a mass will be celebrated at the
cathedral of Vaduz on Sunday morning. Several family members
are expected to attend.
No pictures nor articles on the Mass (and it also seems family reunion)?
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:42 AM
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Has something changed? I thought Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic had no relations due to disputes over confiscations of princely property after World War II? Have those been resolved?
There wasnť any relationships after WWII. but last year Hans Adam said, that they will not "fight" actively for their property (they want it but they won't try to get it back actively). It is probably eight month since the diplomatic relationships were establish and I think that it was Hans Adam second visit to the Czech republic as Prince. Before that he was simply a turist (of course he was Prince, but for Czech rep. only turist, I don't know if you understand what I mean, he wasnť official Prince for Czech republic)
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Yes, I understand. So the situation has changed. Thanks, Ducii.
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The delima over legally confiscated property is often obfuscated by misunderstandings how the landed estates became property of the state. In democratic republics and constitutional monarchies the powers that be were and still do put compulsory orders on land they want for development, just as the communists did. The difference is that the communists did not compensate the former owners. It could be argued why should they when many landed families in middle Europe had supported the Nazis. I wonder if these absentee aristocrats are prepared to pay the land taxes of the last sixty years and the extensive restoration and conservation costs incurred by the communists.
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Equally, the communists who effectively stole the properties could be charged back-rent by the [legal former] owners for the half-century+ the communists had [illegal] possession.

Restitution claims are based on some fairly fundamental principles which are common throughout democratic societies: the concept of private property and private ownership, the rule of law, and the State acting in accordance with the law. A State that refuses those rights and confiscates property because of a person's social class or political beliefs is justifying their actions in much the same way as the Nazi regime disposessed Jews of their businesses, properties, assets and artworks in the 1930s.

In 1939 the Princely Family of Schwarzenberg's properties in Bohemia and Moravia were confiscated without compensation by the Nazis in retaliation for the Head of the House, Fürst Adolph, being an outspoken Nazi oppponent. He had black flags flown over his palace in Vienna during the Anschluss and when Vienna's public gardens were closed to Jews, he had "Jews welcome" signs put up in his palace garden. In 1940 the Nazis confiscated all of Fürst Adolph's properties within the Third Reich. His adopted son, Prince Heinrich was arrested on the orders of Heinrich Himmler and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp.

Despite his obvious loyalty to Czechoslovakia, in 1945 the communists appropriated all of Fürst Adolph's Czech estates in a decree contained in a letter. An appeal against the legality of the decree confiscation was lodged within two weeks but 65 years on, it is still "pending".

The Liechtenstein properties in Czechoslovakia were also confiscated by decrees similar to that received by Fürst Adolph. Prince Hans-Adam has said he is not expecting financial compensation as the amount would place stress on the Czech government's finances. Instead he has stated that from a financial standpoint it would benefit the Czech Republic to return the estates to the Liechtensteiners as the family has the resources to invest in and maintain them and would do so for the long-term.
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corresponding with the prince of Liechtenstein

Hello,
Is there an official postal address for the Princely family?
I can not find one.
Thank you everyone,
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maybe this page can help you in what you are looking for: FHL contact form
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I thought this was a nice video of Prince Hans-Adam II

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The video is about the official visit of the Prince to the Republic of San Marino, on 16 October 2009.
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On April 14th Fürstin Marie celebrated her 71st birthday at Vaduz Castle. Liechtensteins newspaper 'Vaterland' has a picture gallery:

Liechtensteiner Vaterland - Meistgelesene Tageszeitung in Liechtenstein
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Any word on whether the Liechtenstein family will be attending William and Kate's wedding? I seem to remember that Hans-Adam and Marie attending Charles and Diana's wedding, but I'm not certain.
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TSH the Princely couple in Rome May 1st, 2011.
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:16 AM
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Prince Hans Adam II gave an interview to Italian weekly magazine "Il Venerdì di Repubblica" (n. 1237, of 2 December 2011), talking about his family's art collection.

The Prince explains that only about 10% of his art collection - which is the world largest privately owned art collection - is showed to the public, in the Liecthenstein Museum in Vienna; several other items are displayed inside Vaduz Castle, but the largest part of the collection (about 80% of it) is kept in storage areas.

Prince Hans Adam said that he doesn't like modern art, because he thinks it "reflects the horrors of 20th century, one of the most dramatic centuries of the history of mankind". He said that he's trying to get back, by buying them, those art items that once were in possession of his family, but that have been dispersed in the last century, and if he can't buy them again he buys similar works; he thinks this is one of his duties towards his family. For this purpose, each year he allocates some funds for buying art items.

About the vicissitudes of the art collection, he told that part of it had been seized during World War II by the Nazis and stored in a saltmine; then in the last months of the war his father, Prince Franz Joseph II, managed to retrieve it with the help of some Austrian dissidents and to bring it to Liechtenstein. Unfortunately, the Prince couldn't do anything for saving the family possessions, castles, lands and art items in Czechoslovakia, which have all been confiscated by the communist government at the end of the war. This seizing has been a blow to Prince Franz Josef (and the whole Princely Family), because in that way he lost a large part of his incomes, which he needed in order to maintain his own family, several relatives and to pay the costs of the Monarchy (as crown expenses in Liecthenstein are all paid by the Princely Family, and not by taxpayers). These financial problems and a very large amount of debts forced in 1967, with great sorrow, the Prince to sell the portrait of Ginevra de' Benci (by Leonardo da Vinci) to the National Gallery of Art in Washington; Prince Hans Adam recalls how on that time newspapers speculated that the painting had been sold to pay off the expenses of his marriage to Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchnitz und Tettau, but the truth was that they were deep in debt.
Two years later, Prince Franz Josef for the same reason had to sell one more painting, this time one by Frans Hals, and again newspapers started with silly speculations; right then - as he recalled in the interview - Hans Adam, soon after his graduation in Economics at the University of St. Gallen, suggested to his father a recovery plan in the family finances, forcing Prince Franz Josef to accept the plan under the threat that, otherwise, he would have left Liechtenstein. Franz Josef then accepted and the recovery plan turned out to be a success.

About his education, the Prince said that he studied Economics because he was forced by his father, and that - had he been free to choose - he would have studied Archaeology or Physics, but now he acknowledges that following his father's wishes on the matter has been the right choice.
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