Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein has died suddenly at just 51 years old, a statement from the royal family has revealed.
The father of three was a member of one of Europe’s oldest royal families.
He was seventh in line to the throne and the third son of the reigning Prince Hans-Adam II.
A statement from the family revealed that Prince Constantin “died unexpectedly” on Tuesday.
“The Princely House regrets to announce that S.D. Prince Constantin of Liechtenstein died unexpectedly on December 5, 2023,” the statement reads.
Liechtenstein, a tiny German-speaking nation, is located in the Alps.
The country is landlocked between Austria and Switzerland.
It has a population of just under 40,000 and is considered the sixth-smallest nation in the world.
At 62 square miles, it is about the same geographic size as Washington, D.C.
Liechtenstein is a semi-constitutional monarchy, and the royal family was formed in 1608.
The family’s official residence is at Vaduz Castle.
The castle overlooks the town of Vaduz from an adjacent hilltop.
Prince Constantin was married to Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, whom he wed in 1999.
They had three children together; Prince Moritz, 20, Princess Georgina, 18, and Prince Benedikt, 15.
Liechtenstein’s state parliament held a minute’s silence Wednesday to pay tribute to the late royal.
Prince Constantin was chairman of the supervisory board of Liechtenstein Group AG and a member of the board of directors of Liechtenstein Group Holding AG.
The groups, which are owned by the Liechtenstein royal family, own a portfolio of companies operating in agriculture and food, forestry, renewable energy, and real estate.
The Liechtenstein royal family also has one of the largest private art collections in the world.
Bishop Benno Elbs, the apostolic administrator of Liechtenstein’s capital, Vaduz, paid his respects to the royal family following their sudden loss.
He said that bells rang out in all the parish churches of the archdiocese at 3 p.m.
According to local newspaper Vaterland, Elbs said:
“I am united with them and the entire royal family in mourning and praying for the deceased.
“I wish Prince Hans-Adam II, Princess Marie, the children, and everyone who mourns the deceased a lot of strength and comfort.
“You may feel supported by the many people who are praying for the deceased throughout the principality.
“God grant Prince Constantin eternal rest.”
A cause of death has not been released.