Today, May 7th, Prince Josef-Emanuel of Liechtenstein - son of Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein - celebrated his 22th birthday. As I have never really spoken about him here, I am sharing last years' news, when he lead the Trooping the Colour ceremony of 2010.
Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace under the orders of Lt. Josef von Liechtenstein on the occasion of the Trooping the Colour ceremony for the Queen of the United Kingdom.
Josef had the prestigious honor and responsibility to raise the guard at Buckingham Palace and presented the flag of his regiment to Her Majesty Queen of the United Kingdom, on the occasion of the anniversary parade in his honor, Saturday, June 12 in London.
After the ceremony, Prince Josef was joined by his parents Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein and his two sisters who attended the event at Wellington Barracks, headquarters of the regiment, to share this memorable day with the Prince.
Josef with his parents and sisters, Marie-Astrid and Maria-Anunciata
As Grand Duke Jean then Hereditary Grand Duke Henri did before him, Prince Josef received military training in preparation for the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK. After just one year of training and despite his young age, he was appointed an Officer before being admitted some time later in the regiment of Irish Guards.
Promoted to lieutenant at age 21, Prince Josef is perpetuating a tradition that connects the Grand Ducal Court with the Irish Guards and that goes back more than 67 years. In serving the British army during the 2nd World War, his grandfather, Grand Duke Jean has indeed been himself the rank of Lieutenant in the same regiment before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gives the according to Colonel of the Irish Guards.