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Seven days of mourning declared for Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein

Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein

The government in Vaduz has announced seven days of state mourning for Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein.

The Princess died on August 21st 2021 at the age of 81, several days after suffering a stroke. Her husband, Prince Hans-Adam II, and members of her family were with her when she passed away.

Following her death, flags at Vaduz Castle, the official royal residence were lowered to half mast. The government has asked for flags at all public buildings to be flown at half mast while national mourning is observed. If that isn’t possible, black ribbons are to be attached to the flags instead.

The Prime Minister of Liechtenstein, Daniel Risch, has led tributes to the Princess, saying ”our country and our people have lost a great personality and a good person.” He went on to praise her humanitarian work, adding ”she was a role model for others due to her naturalness and warmth and she will continue to be so, following her death.”

Daniel Risch also offered his condolences to the Princess’ family including her husband of 54 years, their four children and fifteen grandchildren.

The President of the Landtag, Liechtenstein’s Parliament, also offered his sympathies to Prince Hans-Adam II and his family. Albert Frick said ”Princess Marie was a shining example for many of us, her tireless commitment to people in need and her generosity will not be forgotten.”

Leaders of Liechtenstein’s communities sent their condolences. Writing on their behalf, Mayor Manfred Bischof said ”her kindness and dedication to all those who needed support and help will be remembered.”

There was praise from many for the Princess’s long standing commitment to the Red Cross with Liechtenstein’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs paying tribute, saying ”her engagement, especially for the Red Cross and for refugees, and will forever remain in all our memories.”

Marie, Princess of Liechtenstein was born in Prague on April 14th 1940. She married Hans-Adam in 1967. He became Prince of Liechtenstein in 1989. The couple’s eldest son, Alois, became regent in 2004. Marie died in Grabs, Switzerland.

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