Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

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Albert
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
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Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis
Period 2 June 1885 – 22 January 1952
Predecessor Maximilian Maria
Successor Franz Joseph
Spouse Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria
Issue Franz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Joseph Albert
Karl August, 10th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Ludwig Philipp
Prince Max Emanuel
Elisabeth Helene, Margravine of Meissen
Prince Raphael Rainer
Prince Philipp Ernst
Full name
German: Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral
House House of Thurn and Taxis
Father Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Mother Duchess Helene in Bavaria
Born (1867-05-08)8 May 1867
Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died 22 January 1952(1952-01-22) (aged 84)
Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
Burial Gruftkapelle, Saint Emmeram's Abbey, Regensburg
Religion Roman Catholic

Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral, Prince of Thurn and Taxis,[1][2] full German name: Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral Fürst von Thurn und Taxis[1][2] (8 May 1867, Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria[1][2] – 22 January 1952, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany[1][2]) was the eighth Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Head of the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis from 2 June 1885 until his death on 22 January 1952.[1]

Early life[edit]

Albert was born at Regensburg, Germany, the younger son of Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis (1831–1867) and Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834–1890).[1][2] His father died when he was less than two months old, and he was raised by his mother.

Succession[edit]

In 1871 Albert's grandfather Maximilian Karl died, and his older brother Maximilian Maria succeeded as Fürst. Maxmilian died 2 June 1885 and Albert succeeded as Fürst; his mother served as regent until his 21st birthday in 1888. On 8 May 1889 he was named Duke of Wörth and Donaustauf by Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria. On 30 November 1889 he was made a knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 15 July 1890 in Budapest, Hungary, Albert married Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria (6 July 1870 – 2 May 1955), daughter of Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria. [3] Albert purchased the 'Empress Eugenie Tiara' as a wedding present for Margarethe; the tiara, designed by Gabriel Lemmonier in 1853, was part of the French crown jewels and is now in the Louvre in Paris. [4]

Albert and Margarethe had eight children:[1][2]

Death[edit]

Styles of
Albert, Prince of Thurn and Taxis
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Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir

Albert died at Regensburg where he is buried with his wife in the crypt chapel of Schloss St. Emmeram, formerly St. Emmeram's Abbey.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 8 May 1867 – 10 November 1870: His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis
  • 10 November 1870 – 2 June 1885: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
  • 2 June 1885 – 22 January 1952: His Serene Highness The Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Honours[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Darryl Lundy (27 Jan 2009). "Albrecht Maria Joseph VIII Fürst von Thurn und Taxis". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paul Theroff. "THURN und TAXIS". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 21 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "1890 Margarethe & Albert of Thurn and Taxis". Grand Ladies: Belle Epoque. 
  4. ^ "Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels". Sothebys. 
Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 8 May 1867 Died: 22 January 1952
German nobility
Preceded by
Maximilian Maria
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
2 June 1885 – 22 January 1952
Succeeded by
Franz Joseph