Prince of Liechtenstein Dies at 51 Years Old

( – Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein, a small country nestled between Austria and Switzerland, has died. His cause of death has not yet been disclosed. The royal was just 51 years old.

The Royal Household offered a statement on December 5 that Prince Constantin died unexpectedly. No other information is available on the tragedy.

Royal Central states that Prince Constantin was the youngest son of Liechtenstein’s Prince Hans Adam II and the late Princess Marie. He has two older brothers, neither of whom are a direct heir to the throne, and one younger sister. Constantin was seventh in line for the ruling title.

Prince Constantin was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on March 15, 1972, to Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Countess Marie Aglae of Wchinitz and Tettau. He earned a degree in law from the University of Salzburg, moving on to work for US and European investment firms. He also was chairman of the board and general director at the Prince of Liechtenstein Foundation, which includes the Liechtenstein Group, an outreach organization that oversees the royal family assets and invests in agriculture, forestry, renewable energy, and real estate. The family also owns one of the world’s largest art collections.

The prince married Countess Marie Gabriele Franziska Kalnoky de Korospatak in 1999, and the couple had two boys and one girl between 2003 and 2008.

Liechtenstein is a small, German-speaking nation with a population of fewer than 40,000 people. It stretches only 62 miles, making it roughly the same size as Washington, DC. The royal family began its rule in 1608 and is part of a constitutional monarchy. The rulers live in Vaduz Castle, overlooking the small town of Vaduz.

The state parliament of Liechtenstein offered a moment of silence on December 6 to honor the memory of the deceased prince.

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