The House of Kinsky
The House of Kinsky (formerly Vchynští, sg. Vchynský in Czech; later (in modern Czech) Kinští, sg. Kinský; German: Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau) is a prominent Czech noble family originating from the Kingdom of Bohemia. During the Thirty Years' War, the Kinsky family rose from minor nobles to comital (1628) and later princely status (1747) under the rule of the Habsburgs.Karl, 12th Prince Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
(German: Karl Maximilian Philipp Ivan Fürst Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau; born 10 January 1967) is the current titular pretender Prince Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau as well the head of the House of Kinsky. Notable members:
- Countess Franziska Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
(8 August 1813, Vienna – 5 February 1881, Vienna). She was the daughter of Franz de Paula Joseph Graf Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau (younger brother of Ferdinand, Prince Kinsky) and his wife, Countess Therese Antonia Barbara of Wrbna and Freudenthal. In 1831 she married Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein in Vienna. She acted as regent during the minority of her son Johann II in 1859–60. She is the maternal ancestor of Georg, Duke of Hohenberg. Two of her sons, Johann and Franz would be titular rulers of Liechtenstein. Like his brother Johann II, Franz I had no children. His nephew Prince Aloys was heir presumptive, but Aloys removed himself from the line of succession in favor of his son, Franz Josef, in 1923. Franz Josef is the father of current prince Hans-Adam II.
- Countess Marie Aglaë Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau
(born 1940). She is the daughter of Count Ferdinand Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau (1908–1969) and his wife Countess Henriette Caroline of Ledebur-Wicheln (1910–2001). In 1967 she married her second cousin once-removed Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein.
- Bertha Felicitas Sophie Freifrau von Suttner
(née Countess Kinsky, Gräfin Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau; 9 June 1843 – 21 June 1914). In 1905 she became the second female Nobel laureate (after Marie Curie in 1903), the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first Austrian laureate. Her parents were the Austrian Lieutenant general (German: Feldmarschall-Leutnant) Franz de Paula Josef Graf Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, recently deceased at the age of 75, and his wife Sophie Wilhelmine von Körner, who was fifty years his junior. In 1873, she found employment as a tutor and companion to the four daughters of Karl von Suttner, aged between fifteen and twenty.She soon fell in love with the girls' elder brother, Arthur Gundaccar, who was seven years her junior. At first they were unable to marry, but they stayed commited and later eloped and married in secret. Later in life Bertha would become one of the leading figures of the Austrian peace movement.