There are 26 recognized ruling monarchs in the world with the European monarchs taking the lead as the most influential. For many, monarchy is associated with a Disney fairytale and for some, certain members of a particular ruling family are synonymous with royalty.
Although times have changed since royals were the governing force, these 26 ruling monarchs, whether you love or hate them, are here to stay!
The ruling family of Liechtenstein, a small country hidden away in the alpine of Europe, are a rather unique ruling family in that they added a pop of color to their royal family lineup. In January of 200o, crown Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein married his wife Angela Gisela Brown, making it the first in European Monarchy/Dynasty history.
If you look at the history of European monarchs or monarchs from other continents, the blood line is persevered by marrying royals of the same race or non-royals from a the highest social elite class possible.
The Principality of Liechtenstein Reviewed…
If you are still wondering where Liechtenstein is, and why you’ve never heard of it before, here’s a brief summary:
- Liechtenstein, officially the Principality of Liechtenstein (in German ~Fürstentum Liechtenstein) is a doubly landlocked alpine country in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and south and by Austria to the east.
- Its area is just over 160 square kilometres (62 sq mi), and it has an estimated population of 35,000. Its capital is Vaduz. The biggest town is Schaan.
- Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world when adjusted by purchasing power parity, and has the world’s lowest external debt.
- Liechtenstein also has the second lowest unemployment rate in the world at 1.5% (Monaco is first).
- Liechtenstein is the smallest yet the richest (by measure of GDP per capita) German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. It is known as a principality as it is a constitutional monarchy headed by Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife Princess Marie.
- Prince Hans-Adam II and Princess Marie have four children: Hereditary Prince Alois, born 11th of June 1968, Prince Maximilian, born 16th of May 1969, Prince Constantin, born 15th of March 1972, Princess Tatjana, born 10th of April 1973
- The Liechtenstein Family is one of the oldest noble families. With Hugo of Liechtenstein, a bearer of this name is first mentioned in 1136.
- Hugo Liechtenstein called himself after the Liechtenstein Castle, situated to the south of Vienna.
- The early Liechtensteins owned estates in the surroundings of Stammburg and on the North-Eastern border of Lower Austria.
- The uninterrupted Liechtenstein line of descent began with Heinrich I of Liechtenstein (died 1265/66), who obtained the Lordship of Nikolsburg in South Moravia as free property.
- The prince is the sovereign of the Princely House and watches over the “reputation, honour and welfare” of the Princely House according to the house laws. Prince Hans-Adam II took over the regency on the 13th of November 1989 after the death of Prince Franz Josef II.
- The Princely Family elects a family council every five years, which acts as a court of appeal for decisions in the context of the house laws.
- The Princely House of Liechtenstein is one of the oldest noble families.
- The family has over 100 members of whom only a part live in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
12 things to know about Liechtenstein’s Interracial Royals:
- Princess Angela is of Afro-Panamanian descent and was born in Panama.
- After she finished primary school and high school, she move to New York where she studied fashion at Parsons School of Design.
- After working for a fashion designer in New York and starting her own label (A. Brown) she sold her practice after three years.
- She then worked for Adrienne Vittadini, an U.S. fashion designer, where she was a fashion director until September 1999 and won the Oscar de la Renta Gold Thimble Award.
- The couple met in New York at a reception and became friends. Two years later they were engaged and Angela resigned from Adrienne Vittadini.
- Prince Maximilian was working at a mega bank when they met.
- On 29 January 2000, at 11:00 am, they got married at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City.
- The bride wore a white dress that she designed and the same Kinsky tiara that Princess Tatjana wore when she married baron Philipp von Lattorff in June 1999,
- Prince Maximilian and Princess Angela have one child – Prince Alfons Constantin Maria of Liechtenstein born on May 18, 2001 in London.
- Princess Angela and her son, Prince Alfons (b.London 18 May 2001), are the highest ranked black members of a reigning European dynasty.
- Over 500 guests attended the beautiful wedding including HSH Prince Hans-Adam II and his wife, HSH Princess Marie. The groom’s brother, Prince Alois and his wife Princess Sophie andPrince Constantin and his wife Princess Marie and Princess Tatjana were in attendance.
- Princess Angela is referred to as Her Serene Highness, Your Serene Highness or Ma’am.
- Members of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein Celebrate National Day 2012 (VIDEOS) (royalcorrespondent.com)
- The Principality of Liechtenstein (lewrockwell.com)
- Learning From Liechtenstein (counterpunch.org)
- Random Royal News Regarding His Royal Highness The Duke of York and His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein (VIDEOS) (royalcorrespondent.com)
- Switzerland, Liechtenstein: what’s the difference? (thelocal.ch)
- Liechtenstein mulls lifting banking secrecy (thelocal.ch)