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Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis


Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis

For other people called Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis, see Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis (disambiguation).

Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis[1][2] (German: Elisabeth Maria Maximiliana, Prinzessin von Thurn und Taxis[2]) (28 May 1860, Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony[1][2] – 7 February 1881, Ödenburg, Austrian Empire[1][2])

Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis
Duchess of Braganza

Spouse Miguel, Duke of Braganza
Miguel, Duke of Viseu
Prince Francis Joseph
Princess Maria Teresa
Full name
German: Elisabeth Maria Maximiliana
House House of Thurn und Taxis
House of Braganza
Father Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Mother Duchess Helene in Bavaria
Born (1860-05-28)28 May 1860
Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony
Died 7 February 1881(1881-02-07) (aged 20)
Ödenburg, Austrian Empire
Religion Roman Catholic


Elisabeth was a Princess of Thurn and Taxis by birth and an Infanta of Portugal, Princess of Braganza, and titular Queen consort of Portugal through her marriage to Miguel, Duke of Braganza, Miguelist claimant to the throne of Portugal from 1866 to 1920.

Elisabeth was the second eldest child and daughter[1][2] of Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Duchess Helene in Bavaria.[1][2]

Marriage and Issue

Elisabeth married Miguel, Duke of Braganza, only son and second eldest child[1][2] of Miguel of Portugal and his wife Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg,[1][2] on 17 October 1877 in Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria.[1][2]

Elisabeth and Miguel had three children:[1][2]

  • Princess Maria Teresa of Braganza (1881–1945), married Prince Karl Ludwig of Thurn and Taxis

The couple moved to Austria, where on 22 September 1878 in Reichenau an der Rax, her first son, Miguel Maximiliano, was born. It was after this birth that Elisabeth's health began to deteriorate. Elisabeth died at the age of 20 in Ödenburg shortly after the birth of her third child, Maria Teresa.

Elisabeth's mother Helene withdrew after her death more and more from public life. Her husband Miguel eventually remarried on 8 November 1893 in Kleinheubach to Princess Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 28 May 1860 – 17 October 1877: Her Serene Highness Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis
  • 17 October 1877 – 7 February 1881: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Braganza



  • Manuel de Mello Corrêa (eds): Anuário since Nobreza de Portugal. Instituto Português de Heráldica, Lisboa, 1985.
Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 28 May 1860 Died: 7 February 1881
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
Queen consort of Portugal
Miguelist line

17 October 1877–7 February 1881
Succeeded by
Maria Theresa of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg
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