Princesses of the 20th and 21st Centuries
In the 20th century, the princesses became more prominent alongside the male heirs to the throne. Through their public appearances, they gave the institution of the hereditary monarchy in Liechtenstein an additional face.
H.S.H. Princess Marie-Aglaë
Princess Marie, wife of Prince Hans-Adam II, was born in Prague as the fourth of seven children of Count Ferdinand Carl Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau and Countess Henriette, nee Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln.
“A life of faith in God, charity, responsibility and a sense of family.” *
Princess Marie Aglaë Bonaventura Theresia von und zu Liechtenstein (1940 - 2021), Duchess of Troppau and Jägerndorf, Countess of Rietberg, née Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, was born in Prague on 14 April 1940, the fourth of seven children of Count Ferdinand Carl Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau and Countess Henriette von Ledebur-Wicheln.
Her family was expelled from what was then Czechoslovakia in 1945 and fled to Germany. She attended primary school in Ering am Inn before entering the boarding school of the Lioba Sisters at the Wald Convent in Baden-Württemberg where she completed her secondary education. She then spent time improving her language skills in England and France. After obtaining a diploma from the Academy for Applied Graphics at the University of Munich, she worked as a commercial artist in Dachau until her marriage.
Princess Elisabeth (Elsa)
Princess Elsa (1875 - 1947) was the daughter of the Jewish banker and industrialist Wilhelm Isaak Wolf, Ritter von Gutmann, who was ennobled in 1878, and his second wife Ida Wodianer.
Princess Elsa converted to Catholicism in 1899. Her first marriage was to Baron Geza Erös von Bethlenfalva (1868 -1908). In 1929, she married Prince Franz I of Liechtenstein, whom she had met in 1914 through the soldiers' relief fund.
Since Prince Johann II considered it inappropriate for Elsa to marry his brother Franz due to their Jewish origins and inappropriate social status, Prince Franz I did not marry Princess Elsa until after Johann's death, in private, in Vienna.
Princess Gina (1921 - 1989) was the daughter of Count Ferdinand Wilczek and Nora, born Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau. She attended the Sacre Coeur grammar school in Vienna and the boarding school run by the Congregation of Jesus in Rome.
Princess Gina studied languages at the University of Vienna and passed her interpreting exams in English, French and Italian.