22 August 2021

Death of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein (1940–2021)

The Office of the Prince of Liechtenstein announced yesterday the death of Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, wife of Prince Hans-Adam II. The princess died at Grabs Hospital (Spital Grabs) in Switzerland on Saturday 21 August 2021 at 4.43 p.m.:

Announcement of the Princely House

Her Serene Highness Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein died on 21 August 2021 at 4:43 pm in the hospital in Grabs. After her health steadily deteriorated following a stroke on 18 August 2021, she passed away today in the presence of her family and after receiving the Holy Sacraments of the Last Supper, peacefully and with great trust in God.

In honour of the late princess church bells all over the principality rang at 8.15 Saturday night. The government of Liechtenstein declared today a national mourning of 7 days. Details of the funeral service will be disclosed in due time.

Princess Marie was born in Prague 14 April 1940 as the second daughter and fourth child (of seven) of Count Ferdinand Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (1907–1969) and Countess Henriette Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, née Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln (19102002). Her full name was Marie Aglaë Bonaventura Maria Theresia.

In 1945 following the end of WW2 Marie and her family had to escape from Czechoslovakia to Gemany. From 1946 to 1949 she attended primary school in Ering am Inn in Bavaria before continuing her education at the Lioba Sisters boarding school (Internat der Lioba Schwestern) in Kloster Wald in Württemberg and where she graduated from Realgymnasium.

Following a stay in England in 1957 to improve her English, she studied 3 years at the Akademie für Gebrauchsgraphik (Academy of Commecial art) at the University of Munich. After a short language stay in Paris she worked as a graphic designer/printmaker at a printing company before getting engaged to the then Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam in 1966. The couple was married in Vaduz on 30 July 1967. During her time as first lady she was for many years head of the Liechtenstein Red Cross. She also had a great interest in art and culture.

Princess Marie leaves behind her husband of 54 years, the Prince of Liechtenstein, four children – Hereditary Prince Alois, Prince Maximilian, Prince Constantin and Princess Tatjana – and 15 grandchildren. Her grandchildren Prince Joseph Wenzel (b. 1995), Marie-Caroline (b. 1996), Georg  (b. 1999) and Nikolaus (b. 2000) are through thjeir mother Hereditary Princess Sophie a descendant of the Norwegian family Vogt.

Updated on 27 August 2021 at 20.35 (number of grandchildren corrected from 14 to 15).

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