Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein: Two Current European Crown Heads Who Experienced Widowhood This Year

Life is already hard that we're in the most difficult moment of our time due to the pandemic but it's harder when a significant-other, whom you've spent most of your life, leaves you forever.

So many have lost loved-ones this time of pandemic, And Sovereigns are no exemption, albeit due to illness.

Queen Elizabeth II became a widow in April this year when her husband of 73 years passed away in April due to lingering illness.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. 

The Queen and Prince Philip's marriage is one of the most enduring royal marriages in European royalty. The Queen often described her husband as "my rock and my strength". 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh during their 73rd wedding anniversary, November 2020

Somewhere in the continent, Prince Hans Adam II, the current Sovereign of the Principality of Liechtenstein became a widower when his wife of 54 years, Princess Marie, succumbed to stroke on August 21, 2021.

Princess Marie was a steady presence of support for Prince Hans Adam II

Just like Prince Philip to Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Marie was a steady presence of support for Prince Hans Adam II since ascending to the Liechtenstein throne in 1989.

Princess Marie of Liechtenstein

Princess Marie was the daughter of Count Ferdinand Carl Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau and Countess Henriette, née Countess von Ledebur-Wicheln. She was born Countess Marie-Aglaé Bonaventura Theresia Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau in Prague in 1940.

Her family was expelled in 1945 and fled to Germany, where Marie was educated, attending primary school in Ering am Inn, then the boarding school of the Lioba Sisters in the Wald Convent in Württemberg.

Prince Alois, eldest son of Princess Marie and Prince Hans Adam II, and his wife, Princess Sophie, during the funeral of Princess Marie.

She married Prince Hans Adam in 1967 and together have four children. The eldest being Prince Alois, the Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein who married Duchess Sophia of Bavaria, heiress to the Jacobite succession of the thrones of England and Scotland.

Princess Marie died in the hospital after her health deteriorated following a stroke three days before. She was 81.

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