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date: 16 September 2019

Liechtenstein, House of familylocked

  • Norbert W. Hasler,
  • H. Haupt
  •  and E. Castellani Zahir


Austrian dynasty of rulers, patrons and collectors. They derived their name from their castle near Mödling, south of Vienna, and it was applied to their estates on the Upper Rhine after those estates became an imperial principality in 1719 (see Liechtenstein, Principality of, below); the hereditary rank of prince, however, dates from 1608, when (1) Charles I was given the title. Since 1921 the principality has been a constitutional monarchy. The family resided in Vienna until 1938, when they moved into Schloss Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Since 1989 the ruler has been John-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (b 1945).

J. von Falke: Geschichte des fürstlichen Hauses Liechtenstein, 3 vols (Vienna, 1868–82/R Vaduz, 1984) Meisterwerke aus den Sammlungen des Fürsten von Liechtenstein (exh. cat., Lucerne, Kstmus., 1948) N. Jansen: Franz Josef II., Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein: Ein Porträt, mit einer kurzgefassten Geschichte des Landes und des Hauses Liechtenstein...

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