ⓘ Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis was the eighth Prince of Thurn and Taxis and Head o ..

                                     

ⓘ Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Albert Maria Joseph Maximilian Lamoral, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis 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. Early life

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. His father died when he was less than two months old, and he was raised by his mother.

                                     

2. Succession

In 1871 Alberts grandfather Maximilian Karl died, and his older brother Maximilian Maria succeeded as Furst. Maxmilian died 2 June 1885 and Albert succeeded as Furst; his mother served as regent until his 21st birthday in 1888. On 8 May 1889 he was named Duke of Worth 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.

                                     

3. Marriage and issue

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. 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.

Albert and Margarethe had eight children:

  • Karl August, 10th Prince of Thurn and Taxis 23 July 1898 – 26 April 1982, married Princess Maria Anna of Braganza, daughter of Miguel, Duke of Braganza
  • Prince Raphael Rainer of Thurn and Taxis 30 May 1906 – 8 June 1993, married Princess Margarete of Thurn and Taxis; father of Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis, the current heir presumptive to Thurn and Taxis.
  • Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis 1 March 1902 – 3 October 1994
  • Prince Philipp Ernst of Thurn and Taxis 7 May 1908 – 23 July 1964, married Princess Eulalia of Thurn and Taxis
  • Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and Taxis 15 December 1903 – 22 October 1976, married Friedrich Christian, Margrave of Meissen
  • Franz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis 21 December 1893 – 13 July 1971, married Princess Isabel Maria of Braganza, daughter of Miguel, Duke of Braganza
  • Prince Ludwig Philipp of Thurn and Taxis 2 February 1901 – 22 April 1933, married Princess Elisabeth of Luxembourg, daughter of Grand Duke William IV of Luxembourg
  • Prince Joseph Albert of Thurn and Taxis 4 November 1895 – 7 December 1895


                                     

4. Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

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

Honours

  • Grand Master of the Order of Parfaite Amitie
  • Knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece
  • In 1923 Albert received an honorary doctorate of philosophy from the University of Innsbruck.