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Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis
Entrepreneur and philanthropist, a member of the German princely House of Thurn and Taxis
The Princess von Thurn und Taxis was born in 1960 in Stuttgart and spent many years of her childhood in Africa with her parents, Count and Countess of Schönburg-Glauchau, and her siblings, Maya, Alexander and Carl Alban. In 1980 she married Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis. They were blessed with three children: Princess Maria Theresia (1980), Princess Elisabeth (1982) and Prince Albert (1983). After the early death of Prince Johannes in 1990, Princess Gloria took over the leadership of the widely diverse Thurn und Taxis enterprises. She carried out a thorough restructuring of the family assets, which has allowed her to manage the princely house in a modern and energetic way.
On the initiative of H.H. the Princess, the Women’s Congregation of Mary was re-founded in Regensburg in 2006. The first Congregation of Mary was established in 1562 in Rome by the Jesuit Order with pupils of the Collegio Romano. This Catholic Congregation is a union of women who support each other in living their Christian faith. H.H. the Princess is the prefect of the Regensburg Women’s Congregation. A major focus of the Princess’s work is the preservation and care of the cultural heritage of the Thurn und Taxis family. Her efforts have led to the Palace Musical Festival, the Christmas market and the opening of the Princely Treasure Chamber as a new museum area. It has thus been possible to attract increasing numbers of visitors to St. Emmeram. In 2014 the Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer awarded the Bayerischer Verdienstorden (Bavarian Order of Merits) to H.S.H. Princess Gloria for her numerous social commitments.