Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein are on a State Visit to Switzerland at the invitation of the Federal Council on April 3rd and 4th, to celebrate the close bond between the neighbouring countries in the tricentenary year of the Principality. This is the first outgoing State Visit from Liechtenstein since the last State Visit in 1990.
Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie, along with the Liechtenstein delegation, were received by Federal President Ueli Maurer in Sargans, on the Liechtenstein border, before traveling to Bern, having luncheon on the train. Upon arrival, they attended the official welcome, including military honours and a review of troops, at the Münsterplatz, before a small walkabout. Afterwards, Hereditary Prince Alois and President Maurer gave speeches celebrating close ties between the two countries at the town hall in Bern, followed by a press conference. Meanwhile, Hereditary Princess Sophie visited the House of Religions in Bern.
In the evening, the Federal Council hosted a Gala Dinner in honour of Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie (sadly not wearing a Tiara like many hoped). Both the Hereditary Prince and President gave speeches.
2 thoughts on “Liechtenstein State Visit to Switzerland”
I wish they would stop calling these business dinners “galas”. The men are wearing ordinary suits and ties and the women ordinary cocktail dresses. There’s nothing “gala” about that event. If they want to pretend that nobody there is royal or has a stash of gorgeous jewelry to wear (which include tiaras) that’s perfectly fine, but please don’t call it a gala. It’s very disappointing to expect something fabulous and get a completely different thing. I’m just saying. 😉
I absolutely agree! Quite disappointing!