Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein

Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg (Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria; born 24 May 1995) is the eldest child of Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, and his wife, Duchess Sophie Elizabeth Marie Gabrielle in Bavaria, He is also the eldest grandchild of the current ruling prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II, and Countess Marie Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau.[citation needed]

Prince Joseph Wenzel
Count of Rietberg
Born (1995-05-24) 24 May 1995 (age 28)
Portland Hospital, London, England
Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria
FatherAlois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein
MotherDuchess Sophie in Bavaria
ReligionRoman Catholic

He is second in the line of succession to the Liechtensteiner throne through his father.

Biography edit

Prince Joseph Wenzel was born on 24 May 1995 at the Portland Hospital in the West End of London to Hereditary Prince Alois and his wife Hereditary Princess Sophie (née Duchess Sophie in Bavaria).[1] He has three younger siblings: Princess Marie Caroline, Prince Georg and Prince Nikolaus.[1] The Prince is named Joseph Wenzel Maximilian Maria after his ancestor Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein, his maternal grandfather Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria, his paternal uncle and godfather Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein.[2] He is informally known as Prince Wenzel.[3]

Prince Joseph Wenzel was educated at Malvern College, a coeducational boarding school in Worcestershire, England.[1] He graduated from Malvern College in 2014.[2] He spent a gap year pursuing an internship at the United States Senate and travelling to Peru and Bolivia.[3]

Dynastic ties edit

Since birth, Joseph Wenzel has borne the titles "Prince of Liechtenstein" and "Count of Rietberg." He is second in line for the throne of Liechtenstein, preceded only by his father, who has been regent since 15 August 2004.[4] However, Joseph Wenzel's grandfather Prince Hans-Adam II formally remains head of state and of the Princely House of Liechtenstein. Upon the accession of his father, Joseph Wenzel would become the hereditary prince (Erbprinz), i.e. the heir apparent to the throne.[4]

Joseph Wenzel is also third in line in the Jacobite succession as successor to the current heir, his maternal grand-uncle Franz, Duke of Bavaria.[5]

Titles and styles edit

Liechtensteiner succession edit

  • 24 May 1995: His Royal Highness Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg

Jacobite succession edit

  • 24 May 1995: His Royal Highness Prince Joseph Wenceslaus of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Liechtenstein, Count of Rietberg

References and notes edit

  1. ^ a b c William Bortrick. "HSH Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein. The Royal Family of Liechtenstein. House of Liechtenstein". Burke's Peerage. Archived from the original on 15 June 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Storoschuk, Jessica (20 April 2021). "Grandchildren of monarchs: Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein". Royal Central. Archived from the original on 2 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Thronfolger feiert seinen 20. Geburtstag" [Heir to the throne celebrates his 20th birthday]. Liechtensteiner Vaterland. 23 May 2015. Archived from the original on 17 July 2022. Am Sonntag kann Prinz Wenzel auf seinen 20. Geburtstag anstossen. ... [Prince Wenzel can toast his 20th birthday on Sunday. ...]
  4. ^ a b Country profile: Liechtenstein – Leaders BBC News, 6 December 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2006.
  5. ^ Giles Hattersley (16 October 2011). "Sorry, Wills, Franz gets the crown". The Sunday Times.
Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein
Born: 24 May 1995
Lines of succession
Preceded by Line of succession to the
Liechtensteiner throne

2nd position
Succeeded by
Preceded by — TITULAR —
Jacobite succession
3rd position