Fürstin Marie Turns 70

  April 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm by

HSH Fürstin Marie von und zu Liechtenstein turns 70 years old today.

Source: Presse- und Informationsamt, Vaduz

She was born as Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau on 14 April 1940 in Prague (Bohemia, the present Czech Republic), the fourth child of Count Ferdinand and his wife, nee Countess Henriette von Ledebur-Wicheln.

At the end of World War II her family was forced to leave Bohemia, so they moved in Germany; there Marie attended school and graduated in 1957.

After the graduation, she moved to England and then to France, where she improved the knowledge of English and French respectively. Returned in Germany, she attended the Academy for Applied Arts in Munich. After the graduation at the Academy, she got employed as designer in Dachau.

In 1965 the engagement was announced between the then Hereditary Prince Hans Adam von und zu Liechtenstein and Countess Marie; Hans Adam was the eldest son and heir of Fürst Franz Josef II and Fürstin Gina, who was Marie’s second cousin. They married on 30 July 1967 in Vaduz, and had four children: Alois, Maximilian, Constantin and finally a daughter, Tatjana.

Prince Hans Adam and Princess Marie live since their marriage in Vaduz Castle, where their children grew up.

On 16 August 1984 Fürst Franz Josef turned over the regency to Prince Hans Adam until his death on 13 November 1989; thus Marie became Liechtenstein’s first Lady.

Fürstin Marie is involved in several social activities and institutions, caring in particular of art, culture and education; she also is President of Liechtenstein Red Cross from 1985 and has been Honorary President of the Society for Orthopedic Aid from 1983 to 2005.

On 15 August 2004 Fürst Hans Adam turned over the regency to Hereditary Prince Alois, although he and Fürstin Marie continue attending public and social events in Liechtenstein and abroad.

To learn more, please visit this thread.

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