Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis

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Gloria
Princess of Thurn and Taxis
Gloria von Thurn und Taxis.jpg
Gloria and her late husband Prince Johannes.
Spouse Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Issue Maria Theresia
Elisabeth
Albert
Full name
Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Joachima Josephine Wilhelmine Huberta Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis
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 (Mariae Gloria Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis, born Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Joachima Josephine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess von Schönburg-Glauchau,[1][2][3] 23 February 1960) is a German businesswoman, manager, and member, by marriage, of the former German princely House of Thurn and Taxis.

Biography[edit]

Gloria is the daughter of Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau and of Countess Beatrix Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék.[2] 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 he father was an author and journalist.[2] 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 US2 and 3 billion.[4][5]

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", [5] On Johannes's death, however, the spending came to a halt as US$50 million was owed on the estate he left behind.[5] Acting as trustee for her son, Gloria went into isolation to study finance, accounting and estate management, sold off jewelry, castles and land to preserve the family fortune, and undertook a spiritual pilgrimage from which she emerged a sobered Roman Catholic activist and philanthropist.[5]

The couple had three children:[2]

  • Princess Maria Theresia, born 28 November 1980 in Regensburg. On 13 September 2014, she married Hugo Wilson, a British artist, in Tutzing, Germany.[6] [7]
  • 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.[8]

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/essin von Thurn und Taxis.

Traditional:[2]

23 February 1960 -- 30 May 1980 His Illustrious Highness Countes Gloria von Schönburg-Glauchau

30 May 1990 Her Serene Highness Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis

Ancestry[2][edit]

Ancestors of Countess Gloria von Schönburg-Glauchau
Great Great Grandparents

Count
Karl von Schönburg-Glauchau
(1832–1898)
∞ 1864
Countess
Adelheid van Rechteren-Limpurg
(1845–1873)

Count
Bohuslaw Chotek von Chotkowa und Wognin
(1829–1896)
∞ 1859
Countess
Wilhelmine Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau
(1838–1885)

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

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

Count
István Széchenyi (1791-1860)
∞ 1836
Countess
Crescência von Seilern und Aspang
(1799–1875)

Gregoriu Christopoulos

Eufrosyne Caravas

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

Prince
Nikolai Petrovich Mestschersky (1829-1901)

Countess
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
(1865–1931)
∞ 1850
Countess Franziska Anna Chorinsky, Baroness 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)

Grandparents

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)

Parents

Joachim, Count of Schönburg-Glauchau (1929–1998)
∞ 1957
Countess Beatrix Maria Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsővidék [9](* 30 January 1930)

Countess Gloria von Schönburg-Glauchau (* 1960)

Notable published works[edit]

Decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Willis, Daniel. The Descendants of King George I of Great Britain. Clearfield, 2002, Baltimore, US. p. 516. ISBN 0-8063-5172-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ d'Elora, Camille (31 January 1995). "Point de Vue". Gloria von Thurn und Taxis: La Mal Aimée (in French). p. 5. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Conversation of Gloria TNT". Vanity Fair. June 2006. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/maria-theresia-von-thurn-und-taxis-und-hugo-wilson-hochzeits-ausflug-in-die-provinz-1.2128350
  7. ^ http://www.bild.de/unterhaltung/royals/royals/maria-theresia-von-thurn-und-taxis-verheiratet-37654402.bild.html
  8. ^ Bild:Im Bett mit Gloria
  9. ^ Online Gotha der Familie Széchényi
  10. ^ Iberlibro
  11. ^ Iberlibro
  12. ^ Iberlibro
  13. ^ Acta Apostolicae Sedis
  14. ^ Order of Malta

External links[edit]

Media related to Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis at Wikimedia Commons

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
Vacant