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.
|Princess consort of Liechtenstein|
|Tenure||20 April 1836 – 12 November 1858|
|Born||8 August 1813|
Vienna, Austrian Empire
|Died||5 February 1881 (aged 67)|
Church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Brno
|Spouse||Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein|
|Issue||Princess 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
Anna, Princess of Lobkowicz
Theresa, Princess Arnulf of Bavaria
Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein
|Father||Count Franz de Paula Joseph Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau|
|Mother||Countess 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. 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. 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. 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:
- Princess Marie Franziska de Paula Theresia Josepha (Vienna, 20 September 1834 – Vienna, 1 December 1909), married in Vienna on 29 October 1860 Ferdinand Graf zu Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg (Vienna, 27 June 1825 – Schloss Friedau, 12 December 1896), and had issue
- Princess Carolina Maria Josepha Walpurgis Nestoria (Vienna, 27 February 1836 – Vienna, 28 March 1885), married in Vienna on 3 June 1855 Alexander Fürst von Schönburg-Hartenstein (Vienna, 5 March 1826 – Vienna, 1 October 1896), and had issue
- Princess Sophie Marie Gabriele Pia (Vienna, 11 July 1837 – Schloss Fischhorn, 25 September 1899), married in Vienna on 4 May 1863 as his second wife Charles, 6th Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (Haid, 21 May 1834 – Köln, 8 November 1921), 1,067th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Austria, and had issue
- Princess Aloysia Maria Gabriela Hyppolita (Eisgrub, 13 August 1838 – Vienna, 17 April 1920), married in Vienna on 22 May 1864 Heinrich Graf von Fünfkirchen (Schloss Fünfkirchen, 25 January 1830 – Vienna, 2 January 1885), without issue
- Princess Ida Maria Lamberta Theresia Franziska de Paula (Eisgrub, 17 September 1839 – Libejic, 4 August 1921), married in Vienna on 4 June 1857 Adolf Joseph 8th Fürst zu Schwarzenberg (Vienna, 18 March 1832 – Libejic, 5 October 1914), 1,092nd Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Austria, and had issue
- Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1840–1929)
- Princess Franziska Xaveria Maria David (Vienna, 30 December 1841 – Vienna, 13 May 1858)
- Princess Henriette Maria Norberta (Schloss Liechtenstein bei Mödling, 6 June 1843 – Schloss Frauenthal, 24 December 1931), married in Vienna on 26 April 1865 her first cousin Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein (1842–1907), and had issue, which eventually inherited the Principality by male line
- Princess Anna Maria Francisca de Paula Leandra (Vienna, 26 February 1846 – Prague, 22 April 1924), married in Vienna on 22 May 1864 Georg Christian, Prince of Lobkowicz (Vienna, 14 March 1835 – Prague, 22 December 1908), 1,145th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Austria, and had issue
- Princess Therese Maria Josepha Martha (Schloss Liechtenstein, 28 July 1850 – Munich, 13 March 1938), married in Vienna on 12 April 1882 Prince Arnulf of Bavaria (Munich, 6 July 1852 – Venice, 12 November 1907), 1,035th Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece in Austria, and had issue, now extinct
- Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein (1853–1938)
|Ancestors of Countess Franziska Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau|
- 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)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2011-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Worldstatesmen.org – Liechtenstein Retrieved 16 December 2007