Mourning in Liechtenstein: Princess Marie is buried

Mourning in Liechtenstein
Princess Marie is buried

Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein († 81)

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Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein died after a stroke at the age of 81. On Saturday, August 28, 2021, she will be buried in the St. Florin Cathedral in Vaduz.

Princess Marie von und zu Liechtenstein died on August 21, 2021 in a hospital in Grabs, Switzerland. She had slept in the presence of the family and “after receiving the holy sacraments of death peacefully and with great trust in God,” it said a little later in a statement by the Princely House. The princess had previously suffered a stroke. Seven days of state mourning ordered since her death.

Liechtenstein bids farewell to Princess Marie

The national mourning ends on Saturday, August 28, 2021, with the burial of the deceased at 2 p.m. in the St. Florin Cathedral in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein. Musicians from the Liechtenstein Symphony Orchestra will provide musical accompaniment to the ceremony together with the choir and soloists. The service will be broadcast on the state channel (TV) and on the network via live stream.

For reasons of space, the funeral service is reserved for invited guests only. The Spanish court has already announced that Sophia from Spain, 82, has traveled to Liechtenstein. There was no official guest list in advance.

What happened before the funeral service

Three days after the death of Princess Marie, her body was brought to the castle chapel in Vaduz in a convoy on Tuesday evening (August 24th) at 6:30 p.m. in a convoy from Grabs via Schaan. On Thursday (August 26th) the coffin was transferred to the cathedral of Vaduz accompanied by Marie’s husband, Prince Hans-Adam II, 76, Hereditary Prince Alois, 53, and Hereditary Princess Sophie and their children.

On Thursday and Friday there was the opportunity to commemorate the princess in St. Florin’s Cathedral and to register in the condolence book. On Friday evening, a rosary was prayed for the deceased in all Liechtenstein churches.

Prince Hans Adam II, Hereditary Prince Alois, Hereditary Princess Sophie, Prince Joseph Wenzel, Princess Marie Caroline, Prince Georg and Prince Nikolaus during the transfer of the coffin of the deceased Princess Marie from Vaduz Castle to Vaduz Cathedral, Liechtenstein, on August 26, 2021.

Prince Hans Adam II, Hereditary Prince Alois, Hereditary Princess Sophie, Prince Joseph Wenzel, Princess Marie Caroline, Prince Georg and Prince Nikolaus during the transfer of the coffin of the deceased Princess Marie from Vaduz Castle to Vaduz Cathedral, Liechtenstein, on August 26, 2021.

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Princess Marie and Hans Adam II said yes on July 30, 1967. At that time he was still crown prince. After the death of his father, Hans Adam II became head of state in 1989. They have four children together. The heir to the throne is Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein.

Sources used: teda.dk, press release of the Princely House, fuerstenhaus.li

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