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Maximilian Anton, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis

Maximilian Anton, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis German prince

German prince
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German prince
Gender male
Birth 28 September 1831 (Regensburg)
Death 26 June 1867 (Regensburg)
Mother: Baroness Wilhelmine of Dörnberg
Father: Maximilian Karl6th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Spouse: Duchess Helene in Bavaria
Children: Albert8th Prince of Thurn and TaxisPrincess Louise of Thurn and TaxisPrincess Elisabeth of Thurn and TaxisMaximilian Maria7th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
The details

Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis, full German name: Maximilian Anton Lamoral Erbprinz von Thurn und Taxis (28 September 1831, Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria; – 26 June 1867, Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria) was the Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis from birth until his death in 1867.

Marriage and family

Maximilian married Duchess Helene in Bavaria, daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria and his wife Princess Ludovika of Bavaria, on 24 August 1858 at Possenhofen Castle. Helene was the eldest sister of Elisabeth of Bavaria (later Empress of Austria). Maximilian and Helene had four children:

  • Princess Louise of Thurn and Taxis (1 June 1859 – 20 June 1948)
  • Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis (28 May 1860 – 7 February 1881)
  • Maximilian Maria, 7th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (24 June 1862 – 2 June 1885)
  • Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis (8 May 1867 – 22 January 1952)

The marriage of Maximilian and Helene did not take place without difficulty as Maximilian II of Bavaria refused to allow his first cousin to marry a prince that was not of a royal house. Franz Joseph I of Austria and his wife Elisabeth of Bavaria intervened and the marriage took place as planned. Franz Joseph was originally intended to marry Helene, but fell in love with and married her sister Elisabeth instead.


Maximilian died of either kidney failure or lung paralysis on 26 June 1867 at the age of 35 in Regensburg. He was interred in the burial chapel at St. Emmeram's Abbey. Due to his early death, his son Maximilian Maria became Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis and ultimately the princely house's seventh Prince.

Ludwig II of Bavaria wrote in a personal letter of condolence to Maximilian's father, Maximilian Karl:

"I sympathize with your loss the deep pain and just the same and the whole Taxis family feels and discretion very well what a lot of hopes with the dear passing away of life is extinguished."

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 28 September 1831 – 26 June 1867: His Serene Highness The Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis


  • Knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece (1862)


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