Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

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Albert
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Albert TT 2011.jpg
Prince Albert in 2011
Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis
Period 14 December 1990 – present
Predecessor Johannes
Heir presumptive Prince Max Emanuel
Born (1983-06-24) 24 June 1983 (age 32)
Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
Full name
German: Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel Prinz von Thurn und Taxis
House Thurn and Taxis
Father Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Mother Countess Gloria of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg
Religion Roman Catholic

Albert Maria Lamoral Miguel Johannes Gabriel, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (Albert Fürst von Thurn und Taxis;[1] born 24 June 1983), is a German aristocrat, businessman and race car driver.[2][3][4] He has been listed as the world's youngest billionaire many times since his father's death in 1990,[5] first appearing on the list when he was age eight.[2]

Biography[edit]

Family[edit]

The House of Thurn und Taxis is a German family whose fortune derives from the appointment of an ancestor, Leonhard von Taxis, as hereditary postmaster general of the Holy Roman Empire in 1595.[4] Albert's father preceded him as the head of this family, which has several branches.[4] The family of Thurn und Taxis remains well known as owners of breweries and former builders of castles.[5]

His father, Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, an internationally renowned boulevardier, died in 1990 when he was seven years old, having inherited a US$3 billion fortune and leaving US$500 million in debts.[5] His mother, Gloria (née Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau), a popular media figure since marriage to his 53-year-old father as a 20-year-old, was instrumental in preserving the family fortune until Albert became of legal age to take over its management.[5] He has two older sisters: Princess Maria Theresia and Princess Elisabeth.[5]

Education[edit]

Thurn und Taxis completed his high school education in Rome and then, after his military service, he studied economics and theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is an enthusiastic racing driver, vice-champion (2007/2008) and champion (2010) of the German GT Championship ADAC GT Masters with the German Team Reiter Engineering.[citation needed]

Media attention[edit]

Prince Albert in 2008

In 2008 Albert was included as 11th on the list of the Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals as compiled by Forbes magazine.[2]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Since former hereditary titles are only recognised in German law as part of the surname, in accordance with the Weimar Constitution of 1919, family members include the title as an integral part of their name in the form, Prinz von Thurn und Taxis. According to family tradition Albert Prinz von Thurn und Taxis followed his father, in accordance with the rules of the legal affairs committee of the Association of German Nobility (Deutscher Adelsrechtsausschuß), in the nominal succession as "head" of the former German princely House of Thurn and Taxis. As such, he is sometimes styled by the traditional title, Fürst von Thurn und Taxis (Prince of Thurn and Taxis).

Titles and styles[edit]

Traditional:[4]

  • 28 June 1983 – 14 December 1990: His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis
  • 14 December 1990 – present: His Serene Highness Albert, the Prince of Thurn and Taxis

National dynastic honour[edit]

Foreign honour[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Through descent from king Miguel I of Portugal he is related to several reigning hereditary heads of state in Europe. He also descends from the dynasties of Wittelsbach, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Braganza, Wurttemberg, Mecklenburg, House of Habsburg-Lorraine, Liechtenstein and Oldenburg.[3][4]

Racing record[edit]

Complete GT1 World Championship results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2012 Reiter Engineering Lamborghini NOG
QR

3
NOG
CR

8
ZOL
QR

Ret
ZOL
CR

8
NAV
QR

12
NAV
QR

14
SVK
QR

2
SVK
CR

Ret
ALG
QR

13
ALG
CR

Ret
SVK
QR

11
SVK
CR

Ret
MOS
QR
MOS
CR
NUR
QR
NUR
CR
DON
QR
DON
CR
18th 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ In 1919 royalty and nobility were mandated to lose their privileges in Germany, hereditary titles were to be legally borne thereafter only as part of the surname, according to Article 109 of the Weimar Constitution. Styles such as majesty and highness were not retained.
  2. ^ a b c "The 20 Hottest Young Royals - 11. Prince Albert". Forbes. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Willis, Daniel. The Descendants of Louis XIII. Clearfield, 1999, Baltimore, US. p. 540. ISBN 0-8063-4942-5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "willis" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ a b c d e f Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XIX. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2011. pp. 369, 382–383, 385–386. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "The Conversation of Gloria TNT". Vanity Fair. June 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  6. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/2f/22/7e/2f227e96d4b49b1566abf6deb647f4c2.jpg
  7. ^ http://www.altrofoto.de/index.php/Taxis+Portrait+Portr%E4t+%28von+links%29+Beatrice+Gr%E4fin+von+Sch%F6nburg-Glauchau+Alexander/layout-146808.html
  8. ^ http://www.altrofoto.de/index.php/Taxis+Portrait+Portr%E4t+F%FCrst+Albert+von+Thurn+und+Taxis+Festakt/layout-144608.html
  9. ^ http://bunte.bvdw.irquest.com/sites/default/files/styles/6x5_mobile_full/public/images/2011/07/HBscTU4R.jpg?itok=CTpccQcE
  10. ^ https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/b7/2a/fa/b72afa097230a4f1b46ad71269a3077e.jpg
  11. ^ http://www.constantinianorder.org/news/archive-2008/09-10-2008-london-mass-and-investiture-at-the-.html

External links[edit]

Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 24 June 1983
German nobility
Preceded by
Johannes
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
14 December 1990 – present
Incumbent
Heir:
Prince Max Emanuel
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Christian Abt
ADAC GT Masters Champion
2010 with:
Peter Kox
Succeeded by
Dino Lunardi
Alexandros Margaritis