Prince Hans-Adam II Celebrates 25 Years on the Throne

25 years ago today Prince Hans-Adam II became reigning Prince of the Principality of Liechtenstein following the death of his father, Prince Franz Josef II, on November 13, 1989.

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein with his wife Princes Marie.

As Liechtenstein's Head of State one of Prince Hans-Adam's first priorities was to secure the sovereignty of Liechtenstein with a focus on joining the United Nations. In 1984 Prince Hans-Adam was appointed by his father to be his permanent represenative, taking over many of the governmental duties of Prince Franz Josef II. Those preliminary years proved fruitful. In December of 1989 the Liechtenstein Parliament approved Liechtenstein's UN entry. On September 18, 1990 Liechtenstein became its 160th member.

Prince Hans-Adam, along with the Liechtenstein Government, also placed a high priority on Liechtenstein becoming a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) which is currently made up of all 28 members of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In May of 1995 Liechtenstein became a member of the EEA granting it access to the European Single Market with the advantage of the free movment of labor, goods and services, among other things, within the EEA.

Of great significance to the Princely Family, in 1993 under suggestion by Prince Hans-Adam II, the Princely House adopted a new House Statute. According the the website of the Princely Family "the House Statute is intended to provide the Princely House with a basis for resolving all issues within the family in the 3rd millennium and for securing the autonomy of the Princely House in these matters. The rule of male succession was retained."

Working in tandem with the Liechtenstein Parliament, the reign of Prince Hans-Adam II has been marked with political stability, continuity and economic growth.

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