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Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein

Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein (born Duchess Sophie in Bavaria; 28 October 1967 in Munich), is the wife of Alois, Hereditary Prince and Regent of Liechtenstein. Born a Duchess in Bavaria, she belongs to the House of Wittelsbach.

Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein
The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein.jpg
The Hereditary Princess on 22 January 2013
Born (1967-10-28) 28 October 1967 (age 51)
Munich, West Germany
IssuePrince Joseph Wenzel
Princess Marie-Caroline
Prince Georg
Prince Nikolaus
Full name
Sophie Elisabeth Marie Gabrielle
FatherPrince Max, Duke in Bavaria
MotherCountess Elisabeth Douglas
ReligionRoman Catholic


Early life and educationEdit

Princess Sophie is the eldest of the five daughters of Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria, and Princess Elisabeth, Duchess in Bavaria (née Countess Douglas),[1] as well as a patrilineal great-great-granddaughter of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III.[2] She was born in Munich on 28 October 1967 and baptised as Sophie Elizabeth Marie Gabrielle[2] in the chapel of her family's Kreuth home on 18 November. Her godparents were her maternal aunt the Duchess of Marlborough and Archduchess Gabriela of Austria.[3]

Sophie spent her childhood together with her parents and sisters in Wildbad Kreuth. From 1978 to 1980, Sophie attended the Girls' Home Primary School of the English Lady in Heiligenstadt. She then moved to the Girls' Secondary Boarding School Hohenburg in Lenggries. Sophie then studied history and English language and literature at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.[2][3]

Marriage and childrenEdit

Sophie married Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein on 3 July 1993 at St. Florin's in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The couple lived in London from September 1993 until May 1996, and have since then resided in Liechtenstein.[3] They have four children:


At the beginning of 2003, it was made public that Sophie had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, from which she has recovered.[4]


  • At the beginning of 2006, Hereditary Princess founded the Sophie von Liechtenstein Stiftung für Frau und Kind (Sophie of Liechtenstein Foundation for Woman and Child). The goal of the Foundation is to give women who unintentionally became pregnant a more positive life perspective for themselves and their children.[5]
  • Honorary President of the Liechtenstein Red Cross since 2015.[6][7]
  • Patron of the Liechtenstein Animal Welfare Association.[8]

Titles, styles, and honoursEdit

Failing the birth of an heir, the Jacobite claim to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France will pass to Sophie following the demise of the current holder, her childless uncle Franz, Duke of Bavaria, and of her own father, who has no sons.[3] Jacobites would then recognise her as "Queen Sophie" in both England and Scotland, without numeration, as neither Kingdom has had a monarch of that name.

From her birth in 1967 Sophie was styled HRH Princess Sophie of Bavaria. In 1973 her father inherited the family name and style Duke in Bavaria from his great-uncle Duke Ludwig Wilhelm who had adopted him as heir in 1965; Sophie was then styled as HRH Duchess Sophie in Bavaria, Princess of Bavaria. On her marriage in 1993 she became HRH The Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein, Countess of Rietberg, the Principality of Liechtenstein recognising and retaining her use of the style Royal Highness.[2]

National honoursEdit

Foreign honoursEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Genealogy
  2. ^ a b c d "The Princely House of Liechtenstein". Archived from the original on June 21, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein". The Jacobite Heritage. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  4. ^ Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Archived 2012-06-21 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Luxarazzi
  7. ^ Ifrc
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b The Jacobite Heritage
  10. ^ Coronation of Willem Alexander of the Netherlands
  11. ^ Luxarazzi
  12. ^ Vanitatis

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