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Who is Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein?

Princess Sophie is married to Alois, the Hereditary Prince and Regent of Liechtenstein. She was born in 1967, a member of the Bavarian Royal Family. Through her father’s side she is related to King Ludwig III of Bavaria, and through her mother’s side she is related to the Spencer-Churchill family. Her aunt and godmother is the Duchess of Marlborough. She grew up in Bavaria, and studied history and literature at university.

Photo credit: Presse- und Informationsamt, Vaduz

Photo credit: Presse- und Informationsamt, Vaduz

She married Prince Alois in July 1993 in Vaduz, and they then moved to London in September 1993 where they stayed until May 1996. The Princess is interested in interior design, and during her stay in England she attended tutorials at the Inchbald School of Interior Design. It was also during their time in London that their first son Prince Joseph Wenzel was born in 1995. Since their return to Liechtenstein in May, 1996 they have had three further children. Princess Marie Caroline, born in 1996; Prince Georg, in 1999; and Prince Nikolaus, in 2000.

In 2003 however, the family was rocked when it was discovered that the Princess was suffering from a brain tumour, luckily the tumour was found to be benign and she has since fully recovered. In 2006 she started a foundation to give support to women who had become unintentionally pregnant. The intention of the fund is that through it the women and also their children can develop a positive outlook on life. The work of this foundation is not only in Liechtenstein, but also has branches in Austria and Switzerland. More recently, in May 2015 Princess Sophie became the President of the Liechtenstein Red Cross.

Any budding Jacobite’s may also be interested in the Princess and her English born son. The Bavarian Royal Family are Catholics, and the current Catholic heir to the throne of England, Scotland, Ireland and France is her uncle, Franz, Duke of Bavaria and he has no children.

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