by Scott Mehl
Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein
Prince Nikolaus Ferdinand Maria Josef Raphael of Liechtenstein was born October 24, 1947 in Zurich, Switzerland, the third son of Prince Franz Josef II of Liechtenstein and Countess Georgina von Wilczek. He is a younger brother of the current reigning Prince Hans-Adam II.
Nikolaus was raised at Vaduz Castle and began his primary education nearby. He then attended the Schottengymnasium (Scots College) in Vienna. Following high school in Zuoz, Switzerland, he studied law at the University of Vienna, graduating in 1972.
The Prince worked for the International Red Cross in Geneva, and later as a consultant in Liechtenstein’s Office of International Relations. From 1979-1989, he served as Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. In 1986, he was appointed the first non-resident Ambassador to the Holy See, a position which he held until July 2017. In addition, he served as Ambassador to Switzerland from 1989-1996, and Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union from 1996-2010.
On March 20, 1982, Prince Nikolaus married Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg. She is the daughter of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, as well as the younger sister of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Their marriage would be the last between two reigning royal houses in Europe. They have had four children:
- Prince Leopold (1984-1984)
- Princess Maria-Anunciata (1985)
- Princess Marie-Astrid (1987)
- Prince Josef-Emanuel (1989)
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