|Prince Franz Josef II succeeded in keeping Liechtenstein out of World War Two. After the war, Prince Franz Josef II dedicated himself mainly to the economic, social and cultural progress of Liechtenstein. The modern and highly viable present-day nation of Liechtenstein is the result of his efforts.
Prince Franz Josef II was born on August 16, 1906, in Frauenthal Castle in Styria. He was the first son of Prince Alois of Liechtenstein and Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria. Emperor Franz Josef I was his godfather.
Regency in the Chaos of War
Prince Franz I. turned over the regency to him on March 30, 1938. Prince Franz I died on July 25 of the same year, and Prince Franz Josef II took over the leadership of the affairs of the country.
The oath of allegiance by the people of Liechtenstein to their new Prince took place on May 30, 1939. While the world was threatened by the turmoil of war caused by the Third Reich, this ceremony took on dual significance: the people emphatically demonstrated their commitment to independence under the leadership of the new Prince, Franz Josef II.
The first Princely Marriage in Liechtenstein
Prince Franz-Josef II w ed Countess Georgine of Wilczek in 1943. The couple had five children.
A strong Commitment to Liechtenstein
Prince Franz Josef II turned his attention entirely to keeping Liechtenstein out of World War Two. In ceremonious speeches and public messages, the reigning Prince fortified the inner unity and resistance of his people.