Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis

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Princess of Thurn and Taxis
Gloria von Thurn und Taxis.jpg
Gloria and her late husband, Prince Johannes.
Born (1960-02-23) 23 February 1960 (age 55)
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Spouse Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Issue Maria Theresia
Full name
Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Joachima Josephine Wilhelmine Huberta Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis
House Schönburg-Glauchau
Father Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau
Mother Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis (Mariae Gloria Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis, born Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Joachima Josephine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau,[2][3][4] 23 February 1960) is a German businesswoman, manager, artist[5] and member, by marriage, of the former German princely House of Thurn and Taxis.


Gloria is the daughter of Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and of Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék.[3] Her brother, Alexander, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau, is a best selling writer and journalist.

Much of her youth was spent in Togo and Somalia in Africa, where her father was an author and journalist.[3] Although a countess by birth, her family had little money, and she had worked as a waitress in the Swiss ski resort, St Moritz, before marrying Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, who was born in 1926 and possessed a fortune estimated at between US$2 and US$3 billion.[6][7]

Gloria's frank exuberance, lavish spending, edgy attire and a whirlwind, international social life with her husband made her a social icon in the 80s, garnering her such sobriquets in media as the "punk princess" and "Princess TNT", [7] On Johannes's death, however, the spending came to a halt as US$500 million was owed on the estate he left behind.[7] Acting as trustee for her son, Gloria went into isolation to study finance, accounting and estate management, sold off jewelry, castles, cars, and land to preserve the family fortune, and undertook a spiritual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France from which she emerged a sobered Roman Catholic activist and philanthropist.[7][8]

The couple had three children:[3]

  • Princess Maria Theresia, born 28 November 1980 in Regensburg. On 13 September 2014, she married Hugo Wilson, a British artist, in Tutzing, Germany.[9] [10]
  • Princess Elisabeth, born 24 March 1982 in Regensburg.
  • Albert, born 24 June 1983 in Regensburg, who succeeded his father in 1990 as both principal heir at law, and nominal head of the former German princely House of Thurn and Taxis according to the traditional rules of the legal affairs committee of the Association of German Nobility (Deutscher Adelsrechtsausschuß), which recognizes Albert Prinz von Thurn und Taxis as the 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis.

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.[11]

Gloria has become a successful artist, focusing mainly on portraits done with oil paint and pastel. The Hotel Chelsea asked her to do a series of pastels of its most famous denizens— a gallery show which brought her much acclaim as a painter.[12][13][14]

Titles, styles and honours[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/essin von Thurn und Taxis.

  • 23 February 1960 - 30 May 1980: Her Illustrious Highness Countess Gloria of Schönburg-Glauchau
  • 30 May 1980 - 14 December 1990: Her Serene Highness Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis
  • 14 December 1990 - Present: Her Serene Highness Gloria, Dowager Princess of Thurn and Taxis


Dynastic honour[edit]

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


Notable published works[edit]


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  2. ^ Willis, Daniel. The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain. Clearfield, 2002, Baltimore, US. p. 516. ISBN 0-8063-5172-1.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels: Furstliche Hauser Band XIX. Limburg an der Lahn: C. A. Starke Verlag. 2011. pp. 365, 367, 369, 382–383, 385–386. ISBN 978-3-7980-0849-6. 
  4. ^ 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.
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  6. ^ d'Elora, Camille (31 January 1995). "Point de Vue". Gloria von Thurn und Taxis: La Mal Aimée (in French). p. 5. 
  7. ^ a b c d "The Conversation of Gloria TNT". Vanity Fair. June 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
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  11. ^ Bild:Im Bett mit Gloria
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  18. ^ a b Images, Gloria wearing the two mini now formed orders
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  22. ^ Order of Malta
  23. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis
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  27. ^ Online Gotha der Familie Széchényi
  28. ^ Iberlibro
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  30. ^ Iberlibro

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 of Thurn and Taxis
26 April 1982 – 14 December 1990
Succeeded by