Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein

Francis Joseph II

Franz Joseph II official portrait
Prince of Liechtenstein
Reign 25 July 1938 – 13 November 1989
Predecessor Franz I
Successor Hans-Adam II
Prime Ministers
Born (1906-08-16)16 August 1906
Schloss Frauenthal,
Deutschlandsberg, Austria-Hungary
Died 13 November 1989(1989-11-13) (aged 83)
Grabs, Switzerland
Burial St. Florian Cathedral Vaduz
Spouse Countess Georgina von Wilczek
Issue Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Prince Phillipp
Prince Nikolaus
Princess Nora, Marchioness of Mariño
Prince Franz Joseph ("Wenzel")
Full name
Franz Josef Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinrich Michael Georg Ignaz Benediktus Gerhardus Majella
House Liechtenstein
Father Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein
Mother Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria
Religion Roman Catholic

Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (Franz Josef Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinrich Michael Georg Ignaz Benediktus Gerhardus Majella; 16 August 1906 – 13 November 1989) was the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1938 until his death.

Franz Joseph was the son of Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein and Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria. He succeeded his childless grand-uncle, Prince Franz I, after his father renounced his right of succession in his favour in 1923.

During his reign women received voting rights for the first time, following a referendum on the topic (among men only) in 1984.

Franz Joseph was an extremely popular sovereign in Liechtenstein. He was the first ruling prince to live full-time in the principality. He also oversaw the economic development of Liechtenstein from a poor agricultural backwater into one of the richest countries (per capita) in the world.

World War II

Liechtenstein remained neutral throughout World War II, and its neutrality was luckily never violated by any of the combatants.

Just before the end of the war the Prince granted political asylum for 494 First Russian National Army pro-Axis pro-emperor Vladimir White emigres led by General Boris Smyslovsky.[1]

Marriage and children

On 7 March 1943, at Vaduz, Franz Joseph II married Countess Georgina von Wilczek (24 October 1921 – 18 October 1989). They had five children:

Final years

Franz Joseph handed over most of his powers to his son, Hans-Adam, on 26 August 1984.[4] Franz Joseph II died on 13 November 1989, a mere twenty-six days after his wife. Ruling Liechtenstein for 51 years, he was among the longest-ruling sovereigns in Europe and the longest-serving national leaders in the world at the time of his death.

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles


National honour

Foreign honours



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Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Born: 16 August 1906 Died: 13 November 1989
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Franz I
Prince of Liechtenstein
Succeeded by
Hans-Adam II
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