Baroness Wilhelmine of Dörnberg

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Baroness Wilhelmine of Dörnberg
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Princess consort of Thurn and Taxis
Reign 24 August 1828 – 14 May 1835
Predecessor Duchess Therese of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Successor Princess Mathilde Sophie of Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg
Born (1803-03-06)6 March 1803
Ansbach, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 14 May 1835(1835-05-14) (aged 32)
Nuremberg, Kingdom of Bavaria
Burial Gruftkapelle, Saint Emmeram's Abbey, Regensburg
Spouse Maximilian Karl, 6th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Issue Prince Karl Wilhelm
Princess Therese Mathilde
Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Egon
Prince Theodor
Full name
German: Wilhelmine Caroline Christiane Henriette
House Dörnberg
Father Ernst, Baron of Dörnberg
Mother Wilhelmine Henriette Maximiliane of Glauburg
Religion Roman Catholic

Baroness Wilhelmine Caroline Christiane Henriette of Dörnberg,[1][2] full German name: Wilhelmine Caroline Christiane Henriette, Reichsfreiin von Dörnberg[1][2] (6 March 1803, Ansbach, Kingdom of Prussia[1][2] – 14 May 1835, Nuremberg, Kingdom of Bavaria[1][2]) was a member of the House of Dörnberg and a Baroness of Dörnberg by birth. Through her marriage to Maximilian Karl, 6th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Wilhelmine was also a member of the House of Thurn and Taxis. Wilhelmine was known to her family and friends as "Mimi."

Early life[edit]

Wilhelmine was the daughter of the former Prussian vice president and director of the chamber to the royal Ansbach domain, Baron Heinrich Ernst Konrad Friedrich of Dörnberg and his wife Baroness Sophie Wilhelmine of Glauburg.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Wilhelmine married Maximilian Karl, 6th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, fourth child of Karl Alexander, 5th Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Duchess Therese of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, on 24 August 1828 in Regensburg.[1][2] Wilhelmine and Maximilian Karl had five children:[1][2]

Wilhelmine's family, the House of Dörnberg, was a Protestant Hessian noble family and was not, according to the laws of the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis Family Act of 1776, equal to her husband Maximilian Karl. Despite the fierce resistance to the union from the members of the princely house, especially from Maximilian Karl's mother Therese, the two married.

Wilhelmine's brother, Baron Ernst Friedrich von Dörnberg (1801-1878), became chief of the Thurn and Taxis administration and was elevated to the title of Graf von Dörnberg (Count of Dörnberg) in Vienna on February 21, 1865.

Illness and death[edit]

In 1834, Wilhelmine fell ill on a hard drive to the Thurn and Taxis possessions in Bohemia including Castle Chraustowitz. At the beginning of 1835, she went to Nuremberg to receive a homeopathic treatment with Dr. Reuter. Wilhelmine was hopeful that the treatments would restore her quality of life. However, she died on 14 May 1835.

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

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 6 March 1803 – 24 August 1828: Baroness Wilhelmine of Dörnberg
  • 24 August 1828 – 14 May 1835: Her Serene Highness The Princess of Thurn and Taxis, Baroness of Dörnberg


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Darryl Lundy (1 Dec 2008). "Wilhelmine Caroline Christiane Henriette Reichsfreiin von Dörnberg". Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Wilhelmine, Freiin von Dörnberg". Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  • Martin Dallmeier, Martha Schad: Das Fürstliche Haus Thurn und Taxis. Friedrich Pustet Verlag Regensburg 1996.


Baroness Wilhelmine of Dörnberg
House of Dörnberg
Born: 6 March 1803 Died: 14 May 1835
German nobility
Preceded by
Duchess Therese of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Princess consort of Thurn and Taxis
24 August 1828 – 14 May 1835
Succeeded by
Princess Mathilde Sophie of Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg