German Princess Launches Book

Gloria’s over the top fashion made her a style icon of the 1980s (see here, herehere and here) so it’s really no surprise to see her pushing style boundaries now. Thanks to reader Hovikirjeenvaihtaja for passing along these most amusing photos to share!
Photos from Getty as indicated

18 thoughts on “German Princess Launches Book

  1. This exaggerated apple cap is crazy, but subdued at the same time because the color matches her coat. Certainly a far cry from her wild days of the 70s and 80s, but a remnant of her personality for sure. Somehow it works for me ultimately.

    Concerning the question of German nobility and royalty, their titles still exist, but under the 1919 Weimar Constitution, all titles became part of their last name in Germany. Many German titles don’t exactly translate to the English titles most of us are used to, although Prinz/Prinzessin is usually translated at Prince/Princess, Herzog/Herzogin as Duke/Duchess, and Graf/Gräfin as Count (Earl)/Countess; but a title like Fürst/Fürstin is trickier to translate (often as Prince/Princess) because it means the head of a house (family), and where it ranks in relation to other titles and other countries depends on a lot of factors. The other problem is many titles come from the old Holy Roman Empire, which was made up of hundreds of tiny and larger states throughout modern Germany, Poland, Czech, etc. The Holy Roman Empire ceased to be thanks to Napoleon, which after Napoleon led to the German confederations (which became the German Empire in 1871) and Austria-Hungry.

    But the Thurn und Taxis family is a princely family, not of royal blood (that belongs to the former ruling Hohenzollern family of Prussia/Germany), but high ranking in the old German nobility, same as the Duke of Norfolk in the U.K. or the Duchess of Alba in Spain. Hope that clarifies some things.

  2. The hat of Princess Gloria Von Thurn Und Taxis made me smile and brightened up my day. I don’t think this hat style will catch on!

  3. The princesse made an unusual marriage, for whatever reason, but somehow as a widow performed a miracle and secured as much of her children’s patrimony as she could against great odds. “Fun is better than no fun,” especially when you come out the other side of bad times.

  4. What fun! Thanks for sharing these. She looks like she has a great personality. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a German princess now. Where does she fit in genealogically with the rest of the European royals?

    • She is not Royal, or not that I recall. Germany has many princesses, not all of whom are Royal. In my school were some counts, countesses, and as I think of it, one princely family represented because some of the families came to our NJ area before WWII. The area resembled, it is said, some areas of Germany. I need to Wikipedia her line, and that of her late husband. The Thurn und Taxis were originally the postmasters of a much earlier Germany, whence came the money to build many palaces, and were raised to the princely state I think by a decree, not a blood line. Must check.,

      • My mistake: Although she is not Royal, her husband’s descent through his mother, as follows, probably also includes a Coburger and George I and/or III. The key word is “Infanta.” Stay tuned.

        Maria Ana Rafaela Micaela Gabriela Lourença of Braganza, Infanta of Portugal,[1][2] full Portuguese name: Maria Ana Rafaela Micaela Gabriela Lourença de Bragança, Infanta de Portugal[1][2] (3 September 1899 – 23 June 1971) was a member of the House of Braganza and an Infanta of Portugal by birth. Through her marriage to Karl August, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Maria Ana was a member of the princely House of Thurn and Taxis.[citation needed]

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