Prince of Liechtenstein receives Ambassador Dario Item for the traditional accreditation ceremony

Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda Dario Item meets the Hereditary Prince Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein

Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein welcomed five new ambassadors to the Palace of the Princely Family on 13 December 2018 for the presentation of their letters of credence: Evandro De Sampaio Didonet, Ambassador of Brazil, José A. Fábrega Roux, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, Dario Item, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, Ashot Smbatyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia and Willy Debuck, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium.

In a formal but not excessively solemn ceremony, Dario Item was welcomed into the rooms of the Royal Palace and announced, as usual, by the staff of the diplomatic ceremonial of the principality. The ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda handed over the letter of credentials to Prince Alois Von und zu Liechtenstein and took on the high responsibilities of serving the nation.

The Principality of Liechtenstein

Political power in Liechtenstein is held by both the King and Parliament. The Liechtenstein Parliament, the Landtag, is composed of 25 representatives elected by citizens who have reached the age of majority. The Principality does not have its own army, because of the high costs, so the security of its borders is delegated, through bilateral agreements, to Switzerland.

Unlike many other constitutional monarchies, the Constitution of Liechtenstein, dating from 1921, gives strong powers to the Prince, who can then appoint judges and also personally the government. The Prince of Liechtenstein is the only European sovereign who also holds effective powers.

Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Kingdom of Spain, the Principality of Monaco and the Principality of Liechtenstein