Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis

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Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis
Duchess of Braganza
Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis.jpg
Born(1860-05-28)28 May 1860
Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony
Died7 February 1881(1881-02-07) (aged 20)
Ödenburg, Austrian Empire
SpouseMiguel, Duke of Braganza
IssueMiguel, Duke of Viseu
Prince Francis Joseph
Princess Maria Teresa
Full name
German: Elisabeth Maria Maximiliana
HouseThurn and Taxis
FatherMaximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
MotherDuchess Helene in Bavaria
ReligionRoman Catholic

Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis[1][2] (German: Elisabeth Maria Maximiliana[2]) (28 May 1860, Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony[1][2] – 7 February 1881, Ödenburg, Austrian Empire[1][2])


Elisabeth was a Princess of Thurn and Taxis by birth and an Infanta of Portugal, Princess of Braganza, and titular Queen consort of Portugal through her marriage to Miguel, Duke of Braganza, Miguelist claimant to the throne of Portugal from 1866 to 1920.

Elisabeth was the second eldest child and daughter[1][2] of Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Duchess Helene in Bavaria.[1][2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Elisabeth with her husband Miguel, Duke of Braganza, late 1870s

Elisabeth married Miguel, Duke of Braganza, only son and second eldest child[1][2] of Miguel I of Portugal and his wife Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg,[1][2] on 17 October 1877 in Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria.[1][2]

Elisabeth and Miguel had three children:[1][2]

The couple moved to Austria, where on 22 September 1878 in Reichenau an der Rax, her first son, Miguel Maximiliano, was born. It was after this birth that Elisabeth's health began to deteriorate. Elisabeth died at the age of 20 in Ödenburg shortly after the birth of her third child, Maria Teresa.

Elisabeth's mother Helene withdrew after her death more and more from public life. Her husband Miguel eventually remarried on 8 November 1893 in Kleinheubach to Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 28 May 1860 – 17 October 1877: Her Serene Highness Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis
  • 17 October 1877 – 7 February 1881: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Braganza, Princess of Thurn and Taxis



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Darryl Lundy (23 Nov 2008). "Elisabeth Maria Maximiliana Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis". Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Paul Theroff. "THURN und TAXIS". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 2008-11-27.


  • Manuel de Mello Corrêa (eds): Anuário since Nobreza de Portugal. Instituto Português de Heráldica, Lisboa, 1985.
Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 28 May 1860 Died: 7 February 1881
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Queen consort of Portugal
Miguelist line

17 October 1877–7 February 1881
Succeeded by
Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg