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Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein marks National Day

Кабінет Міністрів України/CC/Wikimedia Commons

Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, held his traditional speech on the occasion of Liechtenstein’s National Day, known as the Fürstenfest.

Due to the coronavirus measures, the speech took place not in the pasture next to the Vaduz Castle but in the rose garden. The public was not invited this year, but the speech was broadcast live on local tv channels and the internet. There was also no grand celebration in the centre of Vaduz, nor was there any fireworks at the end of the day. The rest of the Princely Family was also notably absent for the speech. The day also marked 16 years since Prince Alois took over as regent from his father, Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein.

In the speech, Alois expressed his hope that the people of Liechtenstein would have a happy day despite the limitations imposed by the coronavirus. He remarked that the small country had to learn the hard way that it needed to build a reliable digital infrastructure. He said, “We need to improve our system, and also our educational system.”

He asked the people of Liechtenstein to gather only in small groups to celebrate National Day, and in the evening, they could join a torchlight procession.