The Evolution of Princess TNT


In the 1980s, Princess Gloria and her husband Prince Johannes von Thurn und Taxis made an irresistable duo for the press: she, combination German royalty and punk fashion icon; he, fabulously wealthy royal and openly bisexual prankster/libertine. Together, the two of them cut a swath through Europe, jet-setting from locale to locale, making waves wherever they went.

But when Johannes died unexpectedly, Gloria (whose birth name is the less-than-succinct Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg) had to take the reins of the family and tackle the mountains of debt Johannes had left behind. In short order, she put behind her outrageous hairdos, prioritized the well-being of her three children, and learned to invest wisely — no small feat for a self-admitted “total brat” who’d married young and hadn’t finished school. However, she proved a natural. Inch by inch, she paid down their more than 300 million pounds of debt, even going so far as to turn her punk image into a positive by turning her castle in a tourist destination (and source of income!). Now middle-aged, she’s taken on the modest airs of a demure matriarch, but the world will never forget “Princess TNT.”


Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

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EDIT: a reader wrote in to let me know that she’s also, unfortunately, pretty racist/homophobic. :-/ The sources supplied are all in German, but:

1. She talks about how AIDS can’t be stopped, because -apparently- black people have too much sex.

2. She thinks only prayers help to cure homosexuality and she does (or did?) support a catholic cardinal, who said homosexuality is abnormal and they were all going to hell.…/hasstiraden-gegen…

3. She denies homosexuality & taking the pill to protect yourself equals an abortion.…/gloria-von-thurn-und-taxis…

4. She connects sex education and pedophiles.…/thurn-und-taxis…

Couldn’t find much on it in English, but still: damn. What’s even stranger about it is that her late husband was famous for being into both men and women…

  • Tashina Keller

    As a German, I can confirm that she is pretty homophobic and a very conservative Catholic. Very, very conservative.