(ReliableNews.org) – Liechtenstein is one of Europe’s smallest countries. It shares borders with Switzerland and Austria. There are only about 40,000 people in the small, German-speaking country, which is a semi-constitutional monarchy. The current royal family was formed in 1608. One of those monarchs recently died.
On December 6, the Princely House announced the passing of Prince of Liechtenstein Hans-Adam II. According to the statement, he died the previous day at 51 years old. The monarchy didn’t provide the public with a cause of death.
Constantin was the seventh in line to the throne when he died. He served as the chairman of the supervisory board of the Liechtenstein Group, one of the largest asset management firms and private banks owned by a royal family. It has a large portfolio of companies that operate in multiple industries, including renewable energy and forestry. The family is one of the richest in Europe.
According to a Business Standard report earlier this year, their business is worth approximately $334 billion. Unlike the other monarchs in Europe, the family’s money is personally owned and was acquired by land the family owned in the 12th century that spread across wide portions of what’s now Hungary, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Constantin was the third son of the reigning monarch, Prince Hans-Adam II.
Apostolic Administrator Benno Elbs paid his respects to the royal family after his death, saying he wanted to share his “heartfelt condolences to SD Prince Hans-Adam II” along with the late prince’s wife and children. The bells in all of the parish churches rang out at 3 p.m. local time to honor the late prince.
Prince Constantin married Princess Marie of Liechtenstein in 1999. The couple went on to have three children together, 20-year-old Prince Moritz, 18-year-old Princess Georgina, and 15-year-old Prince Benedikt. The country observed two days of national mourning after the prince’s death.
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