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Prince of Liechtenstein: How one of the richest rulers in the world launches millions to search for UFOs

Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein. Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller

The Prince of Liechtenstein is considered one of the richest rulers in the world. His family’s fortune exceeds $ 7.6 billion, and his personal fortune is $ 4 billion. And this despite the fact that during the Second World War, his relatives lost almost 90 percent of their possessions around the world. 

The monarch tries to live modestly and help his subjects: he repairs roads at his own expense and annually opens the doors of his castle, inviting people to breakfast. He also spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on UFO research. 


“The prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II, lives in a castle located on a rock in the Alpine principality. This castle bears his name. 38 thousand subjects call the monarch “Your Grace”, he owns a collection of masterpieces of the Renaissance, he owns two palaces in Vienna. According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index , he is included in the list of the 500 richest people in the world,” Bloomberg describes the European ruler.

The princely family of one of the smallest states in Europe is truly fabulously rich. The ruling dynasty owns the private bank LGT Group, founded in 1920, and other types of business: agricultural and forestry in Lower Austria and Styria, energy and wine. Hans-Adam is personally involved in winemaking, however, his vineyard is quite small – only four hectares, where on average about 10 thousand liters of wine are produced per year.

Ballroom of 165 square meters at the Royal City Palace in Vienna
Ballroom of 165 square meters at the Royal City Palace in Vienna
The Princely Collections, Vaduz – Vienna

In addition, the ruling dynasty has a lot of real estate. The exact number of castles and residences is carefully hidden from the public, but only according to official data, the prince and his family have at least ten castles and palaces. Some of them are home to members of the princely family, others are used as museums.

The most beloved are Vaduz Castle in Liechtenstein, two palaces in Vienna – Garden Palace and City Palace, a family museum in Lower Austria, six more castles scattered throughout Austria, as well as 76 acres of land in Texas. And this is taking into account the fact that after the Second World War the prince’s family lost almost 90 percent of the possessions – 54 castles outside the principality, in the Czech Republic and Austria.

The princely family has learned to extract money from everything that it touches: the monarch and his relatives rent out their Viennese palaces. For several hundred thousand euros, everyone can rent a luxurious room for a reception, wedding or concert

Most of the time, the prince and his wife spend at the Vaduz Castle, where they occupy the eastern wing. On the outside, this medieval building may seem rather gloomy, but inside it is very comfortable. Here, antiquity peacefully coexists with modernity: beautiful elevators – with spiral staircases, large rooms with air conditioning and Wi-Fi are decorated with tapestries and paintings of the 17th-18th centuries. The cellars are meticulously stocked with cupboards and dishes with Chinese painting, a collection of ancient weapons and armor. The prince said more than once that most of all he loves the picturesque view from the window – of the Alps and the Rhine.

Modesty Above All

The Prince of Liechtenstein was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and attended primary school in the Liechtenstein capital Vaduz. After graduating from the Higher Economic Gymnasium, he worked as a clerk in one of the London banks, the name of which is still carefully hidden. After the internship, the prince went to Switzerland, where he entered the commercial university at the faculty of business and economics.

The knowledge gained was very useful to him later. The prince’s family fortune exceeds $ 7.6 billion, and his personal fortune is $ 4 billion, which makes him one of the richest heads of state in the world. In addition, Hans-Adam owns a huge collection of works of art on display at the Liechtenstein Museum in Vienna. The collection began to collect the ancestors of Hans-Adam back in the 17th century, now it contains more than a thousand works of great artists such as Rubens and Van Dyck, Rembrandt and Bruegel.

Prince of Liechtenstein Hans-Adam II and his wife Maria at the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Liechtenstein at Vaduz Castle
Prince of Liechtenstein Hans-Adam II and his wife Maria at the celebration of the 300th anniversary of Liechtenstein at Vaduz Castle

This collection is one of the largest in the world, second only to the collection of the British Windsors. The prince speaks about this rather evasively: “Somewhere we have an advantage, somewhere they have. It is very difficult to judge whose collection is more expensive. For me, these are just assets that should generate income. I myself prefer contemporary art. “

Despite the huge fortune, representatives of the princely family do not boast of wealth, trying to live modestly. Thus, the wife of Hans-Adam II, Princess Maria Kinski, herself looks after the garden in the main castle.

There is no Bentley, Bugatti, Maserati, Ferrari or even Rolls-Royce in the princely garage. All family members drive regular Audi without chauffeurs

In addition, Hans-Adam II and his wife raised their children on their own, without teachers and governesses. True, they always had a housekeeper and a nanny who took care of the children when their parents were away. Three sons and a daughter of the princely couple went to an ordinary school in Liechtenstein.

Hans-Adam II married his cousin, Countess Maria Kinski von Whinitz und Tettau, while still a student. Subsequently, the prince claimed that he fell in love with his future wife at first sight, as soon as she entered the room, and from the first minute he knew that they would get married. Marie did not pay attention to the crown prince, because he was five years younger than her. Moreover, then she was in love with another.

Wedding of Hans-Adam II and Maria Kinski von Wchinitz und Tettau
Wedding of Hans-Adam II and Maria Kinski von Wchinitz und Tettau
Photo: Werner Pfändler / RDB / ullstein bild via Getty Image

But the future prince did not give up, and his persistence was rewarded: Marie’s relatives gave permission for their marriage. The wedding ceremony in July 1967 attracted the attention of all of Europe.

Marie ordered a dress from a Parisian couturier – in the Empire style, made of white silk, with embroidery from pearls and beads. Her head was adorned with the Fringe tiara belonging to the Habsburg family. Among the guests are emperors, queens, princes and princesses, representatives of ancient German-speaking nobles. For the subjects of Liechtenstein, the tables were set right on the street – and they were bursting with various dishes. The tradition of treating residents, and there are about 32 thousand of them in the country, has survived to this day. Once a year, Vaduz Castle opens its doors for everyone to have breakfast with the prince. This is how Liechtenstein’s National Day is celebrated.

To rest

As a member of the aristocracy, Hans-Adam constantly emphasizes that he is very close to his people. Among his entourage, they say that the monarch loves to run barefoot in the forest, goes downhill skiing, diving, is interested in archeology and loves science fiction.

The Franco-American ufologist Jacques Vallee published three volumes of diaries called Forbidden Science. In them, he told about a meeting with Hans-Adam II and his family at Vaduz Castle in November 1989. “We dined in a small living room with his wife, sister and two children. Until late at night we discussed UFOs and other paranormal phenomena, ”the scientist recalled.

According to Vallee, the monarch was convinced for many decades that aliens were visiting Earth, so he sponsored international UFO research for many years, spending millions of dollars on it.

The prince told the ufologist that he saw a UFO in childhood, and also that his aunt saw the UFO in Munich in the 1950s. Most of the money was received by American researchers. So, the ruler laid out 200 thousand dollars for a study called “How many Americans were abducted by aliens.”

Facade of Garden Palace
Facade of Garden Palace
The Princely Collections, Vaduz – Vienna

According to the constitution, the prince is the head of state, he represents Liechtenstein abroad and has the right to pardon, his signature is necessary for the entry into force of laws adopted by parliament. In addition, financially, he is independent from the state – he lives on his own funds, and all roads of the principality are repaired on them. Hans-Adam II tried to expand his princely powers, receiving the full support of the population – however, the parliament still retains basic rights.

Officially, Hans-Adam II is still considered the ruling monarch, but he actually retired from business, transferring the day-to-day administration of the state to his son, Crown Prince Alois. He explained his decision as follows: he and his wife usually did not make large state visits, limiting themselves to only modest trips to Switzerland and Austria, but now is the time to see the world.


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Ancient Astronomical Code Found on Alien Mountain in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, a team of astrobiologists and exogeologists led by Dr. Aravinda Ravibhanu Sumanaratna, while examining the famous “mountain of aliens”, discovered forgotten and previously unknown ancient petroglyphs, which, according to researchers, are closely related to astronomy.

 Photo: CCF-Polonnaruwa / EASL
Photo: CCF-Polonnaruwa / EASL

Scientists have already published their report in a specialized journal entitled “Encoding on Mount Danigala in Sri Lanka”, and Ancient Origins briefly tells about the discovery.

In a letter to this publication, Dr. Sumanaratna of the South Asian Research Department of Astrobiology and Earth Sciences writes that his team was the first to discover petroglyphs associated with Neolithic humans in Sri Lanka.

The discovery was made in the caves of Mount Danigala, which is revered as a sacred site. In the world, it is better known as the “Alien Mountain”, since it was allegedly observed over it many times by UFOs. For scientists, this mountain is of great interest, since petroglyphs have been found in its depths before.

In the new study, the team describes both previously unknown petroglyphs and engravings found in the 19th century by British officer Fossett. However, scientists have forgotten about them for more than a century. The petroglyphs are located in Edakkal Cave on the western slope of the mountain. Overall, they are comparable to other similar archaeological sites in Sri Lanka.

Ancient authors engraved both geometric patterns and primitive images of people with weapons in their hands, animals and plants. The drawings are tentatively dated 5500-4500 BC. Scientists point out that this is the first time that “special types of symbols” were linked to each other.

They write that in the cave almost all the available space was covered with petroglyphs. The largest of them are 7.5 meters long and five meters high. Researchers believe that some randomly carved sets of geometric symbols are in fact an ancient “glue code” representing the “lost astronomical counting system.”

However, this is just a hypothesis, and it is possible that it was put forward to attract tourists to this region. Nevertheless, the work deserves attention if only because the petroglyphs of Mount Danigala are still poorly understood. Given the practice of other ancient peoples around the world, some of these images may indeed have astronomical connotations.

Note that there is still debate in the scientific community regarding the period of settlement of Sri Lanka. Recent discoveries indicate that humans may have arrived here about 300,000 years ago. Some believe that this could have happened 500 thousand years ago. However, the age of the oldest human site found near the Danigala Mountain is about 125 thousand years.

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David Fravor, a Former US military pilot spoke about the encounter with a UFO

Former US Navy fighter pilot David Fravor said he saw a UFO in 2004. He told Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researcher Lex Friedman what a flying object looks like.

Fravor stated that he and his colleagues saw an object resembling a tick-tock shape on a clear day. Then they carried out a monitoring mission in the region, where they had previously recorded anomalies.

“I saw lights in the sky and they went out,” the pilot said. The words of the ex-military were broadcast by Fox News.

When the military tried to catch up with the alleged UFO, it disappeared. According to the former pilot, the object was behaving aggressively. It disappeared, changed altitude and blocked the radar.

“This is technically an act of aggression,” added Fravor.

Earlier, the US Department of Defense created a working group to investigate unidentified flying objects. The Pentagon has repeatedly reported that it has spotted UFOs. For example, in April 2020, the agency published several videos showing small drones moving at a fairly high speed.

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UFOs haunted U.S. Air Force bases during the Cold War

For several nights in a row in 1975, unidentified flying objects invaded the airspace over the American Loring Air Force Base in Maine.

This airbase was subordinated to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and was home to two squadrons of KC-135 Stratotanker military tanker aircraft and a squadron of B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. The location of the easternmost base in the continental United States made it possible to quickly carry out the assigned tasks, which were abundant during the Cold War.

A strange incident occurred on the evening of October 27, when base security personnel noticed something in the sky near the northern border of the base that was later described as an “unidentified helicopter.” The device flew at a low altitude, about 40-50 meters, had a red navigation light and a white flashing light.

The “helicopter” was apparently interested in a specially protected area where nuclear weapons were stored. In an attempt to establish visual contact and identify the target, National Guard helicopters were dispatched to it, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The airbase was immediately put on high alert.

After the discovery of the so-called “helicopter”, air traffic controllers at the tower in Loring discovered another unidentified flying object, which circled 15-20 km northeast of the base. This device also failed to be identified, despite numerous attempts to establish radio communications on both civilian and military frequencies.

The first unidentified object eventually headed north and flew towards the city of Grand Falls, located in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, while the second simply disappeared, possibly landing or falling below radar range.

The next night, October 28, another unknown aircraft appeared over the base, this time without lights. Once again, National Guard helicopters were sent for reconnaissance, but could not establish visual contact. In an operational report released after the incident, officials wrote that the unknown “helicopter” “showed clear intentions to explore the nuclear weapons storage area.”

These incidents continued until October 30. In response to a series of incursions, Loring Air Force Command has increased security and coordinated with Canadian authorities so that American interceptors can pursue intruders into neighboring airspace if they try to hide there again.

Eyewitness accounts

Arthur Bierce, who served there from 1970 to 1976, became one of the eyewitnesses to the appearance of UFOs at Loring Air Base. He remembered this event very well. At the time, Bierce was the base’s security shift supervisor. During the night watch, Arthur saw an object that was moving towards the warehouses with nuclear weapons and immediately reported what was happening to the command. Bierce described this object as a “helicopter”. In response, he received an order to shoot down the aircraft if it crosses the restricted area. However, the “helicopter” did not violate the boundaries of the base. In the following days, the unidentified object appeared three more times.

Other eyewitness accounts such as Michael Wallace, a former KC-135 pilot who served at Loring AFB, do not support Bierce’s belief that the object looked like a helicopter. The former pilot claims that he and several hundred other members of the airbase were informed of a “silent luminous object” hovering over the base. The object was able to move very quickly along straight horizontal and vertical trajectories and had the ability to change direction of movement without an apparent turning radius. According to him, the base personnel openly called this object a UFO.

Once, while practicing mid-air refueling with F-4 Phantom fighters, Wallace received a very unusual order – to leave the formation, turn off the lights, turn off the radio communication and follow to the base. He heard strained voices on the radio as pilots and air traffic controllers tried to track an object that was flying back and forth over the base at incredible speed.

It all ended pretty quickly – air traffic controllers said that the object had disappeared from radar. Later, Michael spoke with the pilot, who was sent to intercept an unidentified object, he told Wallace the following:

“I cannot talk about it, and you are unlikely to believe me.”

In the months following the Loring incident, similar events began to occur at other air bases in the United States. However, there is no evidence that these incidents are related. In November 1975, personnel at Malmstrom AFB in Montana, another US Air Force Strategic Command base, saw bright lights in the sky that appeared to be accompanied by the noise of jet engines. To identify the object, two interceptors were raised in the air on alert, but they were unable to overtake the UFO.

In January 1976, Cannon AFB in eastern New Mexico reported two unidentified flying objects about 25 meters in diameter, gold or silver in color with blue light on top, red on the bottom, and a hole in the middle. On January 31, 1976, security personnel at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida noticed lights near one of their radars.

Later, on July 30, 1976, security patrols at Fort Ritchie, Maryland, spotted three elongated, reddish objects near ammunition depots. Under the Freedom of Information Act, numerous documents have been declassified that shed light on the Pentagon’s response to the mysterious incidents at Loring and other bases, some of which are mentioned above.

Unsolved mystery

The 1975 incident at Loring shows that some of the most strategically important US assets were highly vulnerable almost half a century ago. While UFO reports are described as “helicopters” in a number of reports, numerous eyewitness accounts further confuse understanding of what happened – they describe the noise of jet engines, incredible speed and maneuverability, and bizarre fuselages. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the pilots were not able to visually identify these objects.

Whether the series of incidents over Loring AFB were perpetrated by some helicopter pilots with unknown motives, or some kind of Cold War strategy game, or something even more unusual, remains a mystery. But any of these versions is fascinating in itself. One thing is clear: at least four nights in a row in the fall of 1975, extremely strange events did take place in Loring, witnessed by hundreds of military personnel.

Although personal observations may vary greatly, the basic properties of these events are confirmed by numerous official documents that once laid down on the desks of the top military-political leadership of the United States. Someday the veil of secrecy over these incidents will open to us.

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