Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis[1][2] (full German name: Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral Fürst von Thurn und Taxis;[1][2] 8 May 1867 – 22 January 1952) was the eighth Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Head of the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis from 2 June 1885 until his death on 22 January 1952.[1]

Albert
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
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Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis
Period2 June 1885 – 22 January 1952
PredecessorMaximilian Maria
SuccessorFranz Joseph
Born(1867-05-08)8 May 1867
Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria
Died22 January 1952(1952-01-22) (aged 84)
Regensburg, Bavaria, West Germany
Burial
SpouseArchduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria
IssueFranz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Joseph Albert
Karl August, 10th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Prince Ludwig Philipp
Prince Max Emanuel
Elisabeth Helene, Margravine of Meissen
Prince Raphael Rainer
Prince Philipp Ernst
Full name
German: Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral
HouseThurn and Taxis
FatherMaximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
MotherDuchess Helene in Bavaria
ReligionRoman Catholic

Early lifeEdit

Albert was born at Regensburg, Germany, the younger son of Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis (1831–1867) and Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834–1890).[1][2] His father died when he was less than two months old, and he was raised by his mother.

 
Archduchess Margarethe and her husband Albert


SuccessionEdit

In 1871 Albert's grandfather Maximilian Karl died, and his older brother Maximilian Maria succeeded as Fürst. Maxmilian died 2 June 1885 and Albert succeeded as Fürst; his mother served as regent until his 21st birthday in 1888. On 8 May 1889 he was named Duke of Wörth and Donaustauf by Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria. On 30 November 1889 he was made a knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 15 July 1890 in Budapest, Hungary, Albert married Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria (6 July 1870 – 2 May 1955), daughter of Archduke Joseph Karl of Austria.[3] Albert purchased the 'Empress Eugenie Tiara' as a wedding present for Margarethe; the tiara, designed by Gabriel Lemmonier in 1853, was part of the French crown jewels and is now in the Louvre in Paris.[4]

Albert and Margarethe had eight children:[1][2]

DeathEdit

Styles of
Albert, Prince of Thurn and Taxis
 
Reference styleHis Serene Highness
Spoken styleYour Serene Highness
Alternative styleSir

Albert died at Regensburg where he is buried with his wife in the crypt chapel of Schloss St. Emmeram, formerly St. Emmeram's Abbey.

Titles, styles, honours and armsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 8 May 1867 – 10 November 1870: His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis
  • 10 November 1870 – 2 June 1885: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
  • 2 June 1885 – 22 January 1952: His Serene Highness The Prince of Thurn and Taxis

HonoursEdit

AncestryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Darryl Lundy (27 January 2009). "Albrecht Maria Joseph VIII Fürst von Thurn und Taxis". ThePeerage.com. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Paul Theroff. "THURN und TAXIS". Paul Theroff's Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  3. ^ "1890 Margarethe & Albert of Thurn and Taxis". Grand Ladies: Belle Epoque.
  4. ^ "Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels" (PDF). Sothebys.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 8 May 1867 Died: 22 January 1952
German nobility
Preceded by
Maximilian Maria
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
2 June 1885 – 22 January 1952
Succeeded by
Franz Joseph