Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis
GT Racer
dailysportscar.comThe 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 Taxis.

Thanks to the family’s website – - 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.

The website 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.’

And that’s 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.


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