Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis

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Princess Gloria
Princess of Thurn and Taxis
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Gloria and her late husband Prince Johannes.
Spouse Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Issue Princess Maria Theresia
Princess Elisabeth
Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Full name
Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta
House House of Schönburg-Glauchau
House of Thurn and Taxis
Father Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
Mother Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék
Born (1960-02-23) 23 February 1960 (age 55)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Religion Roman Catholic

Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis (born Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg; 23 February 1960) is a member, by marriage, of the German princely House of Thurn und Taxis.


Gloria is the daughter of Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and of Beatrix, Countess Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék. Her brother, Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau, is a best selling writer and journalist. Her sister-in-law, Irina Verena, Princess of Hessen is a grand niece of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Gloria herself is a relative of Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg.

Although she was a countess, her family had little money, and she had worked as a waitress in the Swiss ski resort, St Moritz, before marrying Johannes Prinz von Thurn und Taxis, who was born in 1926.[1]

Known as the "punk princess" and "Princess TNT", Gloria was an icon in the 1980s. She was known for her exuberant and lavish spending and whirlwind social life. However, on Johannes's death, the spending came to a halt as massive taxes were due on the estate he left behind.

The couple had three children:

After her husband's death, Princess Gloria acted as a trustee for her underage son, Albert II, the new head of the House of Thurn und Taxis. During the trusteeship, Gloria controlled the $2 billion Thurn und Taxis fortune.

In 2001, she was severely criticized for stating in a talkshow that the high rate of AIDS in African countries was due not to a lack of safe sex practices but to the fact that "the blacks like to copulate ('schnackseln') a lot". In 2008, she said in an interview that Africans have a lot of sex because of Africa's higher temperatures.[4]

German titles[edit]

Styles of
Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
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Reference style Her Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
Princely Family of Thurn and Taxis

HSH The Prince

HSH The Dowager Princess

Although the German Federal government does not recognize "noble" or "royal" status per se, members of the former royal, princely, and noble houses of German descent use their "titles" which the German government regards as last names. As a courtesy and for ease of use, female members of these families use the feminized version of the family name.


  • 23 February 1960 - 31 May 1980 Her Illustrious Highness Countess Gloria of Schönburg-Glauchau.
  • 31 May 1980 - 26 April 1982 Her Serene Highness The Hereditary Princess of Thurn and Taxis.
  • 26 April 1982 - 14 December 1990 Her Serene Highness The Princess of Thurn and Taxis.
  • 14 December 1990 – present Her Serene Highness The Dowager Princess of Thurn and Taxis.


Ancestors of Gloria Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau
Great Great Grandparents

Karl von Schönburg-Forderglauchau
∞ 1864
Adelheid von Rechteren-Limpurg

Bohuslaw Chotek von Chotkowa und Wognin
∞ 1859
Wilhelmine Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau

Adam Baworów-Baworowski (1822-1885)
∞ 1863
Franziska von Hardegg auf Glatz und im Machlande (1844-1924)

Victor Paul Chorinsky, Freiherr von Ledske (1838–1901)
∞ 1863
Anna von Trautmansdorff-Weinsberg (1843-1925)

István Széchényi (1791-1860)
∞ 1836
Crescência von Seilern und Aspang

Gregoriu Christopoulos

Eufrosyne Caravas

Pavel Galitzine (1822–1871)
∞ 1855
Ekaterina Trubetskoy (1831–1918)

Nikolai Petrovich Mestschersky (1829-1901)

Maria Alexandrowna Panina (1830-1903)

Great Grandparents

Count Joachim von Schönburg-Glauchau (1873–1943)
∞ 1898
Countess Oktavia Chotek von Chotkowa und Wognin (1873–1946)

Count Rudolf Baworów-Baworowski
∞ 1850
Countess Franziska Anna Chorinsky, Freiin von Ledske (1876–1963)

Count Edmund Széchényi von Sárvár-Felsővidék (1839–1922)
∞ 1891
Eulalia Christopoulos (1854–1918)

Prince Paul Galitzine (1856–1916)
∞ 1887
Princess Alexandra Nikolajewna Mestscherskaya (1864–1941)


Count Karl von Schönburg-Glauchau (1899–1945)
∞ 1927
Countess Maria Anna Baworów-Baworowska (1902–1988)

Count Valentin Széchényi von Sárvár-Felsővidék (1893–1954)
∞ 1921
Princess Maria Galitzine (1895–1976)


Count Joachim von Schönburg-Glauchau (1929–1998)
∞ 1957
Countess Beatrix Maria Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsővidék [5](* 30 January 1930)

Gloria, Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau (* 1960)

Notable published works[edit]



External links[edit]

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Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
House of Schönburg-Glauchau
Cadet branch of the House of Schönburg
Born: 23 February 1960
German nobility
Preceded by
Princess Isabel Maria of Braganza
Princess consort of Thurn and Taxis
26 April 1982 – 14 December 1990
Succeeded by