Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis
entry list for the Bahrain GT Festival next week includes a good
number of names unfamiliar to GT followers: almost certainly the
most distinctive of these is this man, Prince Albert von Thurn und
Thanks to the
family’s website – www.thurnundtaxis.de
- we can discover the story behind Prince Albert’s family.
Since the death
of his father, Prince Johannes, Albert has been the head of the
family, the twelfth in the House of Thurn und Taxis. The family
home since 1812 has been this remarkable building (below) at Regensburg,
one of the largest inhabited palaces in Europe.
includes a full history of the family, a tour of the palace and
some real insight into European history.
For example, ‘Franz
von Taxis (1459-1517) was the first to establish a well organized
postal network in Italy and laid the foundation-stone for the development
of an international postal system; correspondence between Innsbruck
and Brussels could be accomplished within five days. In 1615 the
Emperor Mathias rewarded the family for its merits by making Lamoral
von Taxis hereditary Postmaster General, which was raised into the
status of imperial office in 1744. The 17th century was characterized
by the family's social ascent. In the same century the family was
raised to the rank of Baron (1608) and count (1624) - and in 1695
under the Emperor Leopold I, to the rank of Prince.’
why Prince Albert ll is a prince. He’s racing a Lamborghini
Diablo in Bahrain next week. In 2003 he was no. 278 on the list
of the world's richest people.