Countess Franziska Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau

Countess Franziska de Paula Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (8 August 1813, Vienna – 5 February 1881, Vienna) was princess consort of Liechtenstein from 1836 to 1858 as the wife of Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein, and her son's regent from 1858 to 1860.

Franziska Kinsky
Franziska Liechtenstein Litho.jpg
Princess consort of Liechtenstein
Tenure20 April 1836 – 12 November 1858
Born(1813-08-08)8 August 1813
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Died5 February 1881(1881-02-05) (aged 67)
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Brno
SpouseAloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein
IssuePrincess Marie, Countess Ferdinand of Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg
Carolina, Princess of Schönburg-Hartenstein
Sophie, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Princess Aloysia, Countess Heinrich of Fünfkirchen
Ida, Princess of Schwarzenberg
Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein
Princess Franziska
Princess Henriette
Anna, Princess of Lobkowicz
Theresa, Princess Arnulf of Bavaria
Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein
Franziska de Paula Barbara Romana Bernharda
FatherCount Franz de Paula Joseph Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
MotherCountess Therese of Wrbna and Freudenthal


She was the daughter of Franz de Paula Joseph Graf Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (younger brother of Ferdinand, Prince Kinsky) and his wife, Countess Therese Antonia Barbara of Wrbna and Freudenthal.

On 8 August 1831 she married Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein in Vienna.

She acted as regent during the reign of her son, Johann II, from 10 February 1859 to November 1860.[1][2] Her son ascended to the throne shortly after his 18th birthday, and as such his reign is the longest precisely documented tenure of any European monarch since antiquity in which a regent (that is, a minor regency) was never employed.[3] Franziska Kinsky did act as his regent, but she did not function as the regent of a minor regency government, but was appointed by her son as his regent in his absence, because he had not been given time to finish his education before suddenly inheriting the throne, and he wished to do so before actually taking up his rule, and thus appointed his mother to rule in his stead while he focused on finishing his studies.[1] He officially appointed her 10 February 1859, and relieved her of her duties as regent when he finished his studies in November 1860.

Franziska Kinsky founded the first relief fund for orphans in Liechtenstein, as well as a school for girls, the Haus Gutenberg.

In 1870, she bought the castle Burg Wartenstein and had it rebuilt in the fashionable Romantic style.


Her children were:



  1. ^ a b Peter Geiger: Geschichte des Fürstentums Liechtenstein 1848 bis 1866. In: Jahrbuch des Historischen Vereins für das Fürstentum Liechtenstein. Volume 70. Vaduz 1970, p. 242 ff. (in German)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2011-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ – Liechtenstein Retrieved 16 December 2007
Countess Franziska Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
Born: 8 August 1813 Died: 5 February 1881
Liechtensteiner royalty
Preceded by
Josepha of Fürstenberg-Weitra
Princess consort of Liechtenstein
Title next held by
Elisabeth von Gutmann