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|Francis Joseph II|
Franz Joseph II official portrait
|Prince of Liechtenstein|
|Reign||25 July 1938 – 13 November 1989|
|Born||16 August 1906|
|Died||13 November 1989 (aged 83)|
Countess Georgina von Wilczek
(m. 1943; died 1989)
|Father||Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein|
|Mother||Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria|
Franz Joseph II (Franz Josef Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinrich Michael Georg Ignaz Benediktus Gerhardus Majella; 16 August 1906 – 13 November 1989) was the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1938 until 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.
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 St. Florin's in Vaduz, Franz Joseph II married Countess Georgina von Wilczek (24 October 1921 – 18 October 1989). They had five children, twelve grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren:
Franz Joseph handed over most of his powers to his son, Hans-Adam, on 26 August 1984. Franz Joseph II died on 13 November 1989, a mere twenty-six days after his wife. 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.
|Ancestors of Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein|
Franz Joseph II, Prince of LiechtensteinBorn: 16 August 1906 Died: 13 November 1989
| Prince of Liechtenstein