Franz Josef II, Prince of Liechtenstein
|Birthname||Franz Josef Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinr|
|born on||16 August 1906 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )|
|Place||Deutschlandsberg, Austria, 46n49, 15e13|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||22°20' 06°22 Asc. 10°58'|
Prince of Liechtenstein who reigned from 1938 until his death. Ruling Liechtenstein for 51 years, he was among the longest-ruling sovereigns in Europe and the longest-serving national leaders in the world at the time of his death.
Franz Joseph was the son of Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein and Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria. He succeeded his childless grand-uncle, Prince Franz I, after his father renounced his right of succession in his favour in 1923.
Liechtenstein remained neutral throughout World War II, and its neutrality was not violated by any of the combatants.
During his reign women received voting rights for the first time, following a referendum on the topic (among men only) in 1984.
Franz Joseph was an extremely popular sovereign in Liechtenstein. He was the first ruling prince to live full-time in the principality. He also oversaw the economic development of Liechtenstein from a poor agricultural backwater into one of the richest countries (per capita) in the world.
On 7 March 1943, at Vaduz, Franz Joseph II married Countess Georgina von Wilczek (24 October 1921 – 18 October 1989). They had five children.
Franz Joseph II died on 13 November 1989, aged 83, in Grabs, Switzerland.
- parent->child relationship with Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (born 14 February 1945)
- child->parent relationship with Elisabeth Amalie, Archduchess of Austria (born 7 July 1878)
Sy Scholfield forwarded news report from "Agramer Zeitung," 18 August 1906, p. 4: "Stuhlweißenburg, 17. August. Die En Enkelin Sr. Majestät, Erzherzogin Elisabeth, verehelichte Fürstin Windisch-Grätz, ist am 16. d. M., 4 Uhr früh morgens von einem gesunden Knaben entbunden worden."
(Stuhlweißenburg, 17 August. The granddaughter of His Majesty, Archduchess Elisabeth, the widowed Princess of Windisch-Gratz, on the 16th of this month at four o'clock in the morning, gave birth to a healthy boy).
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (46 years)
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
- Vocation : Politics : Heads of state (Prince of Liechtenstein, 1938-1989)