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Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis

Portuguese infanta
The basics
Date of birth Dresden, Dresden Directorate District, Saxony, Germany
Date of death Feb 07, 1881 Sopron, Sopron District, Győr-Moson-Sopron County, Hungary
Mother: Duchess Helene in Bavaria
Father: Maximilian Anton Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Spouse: Miguel Januário of Braganza
Brother(s): Albert 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis Maximilian Maria 7th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Children: Prince Miguel Duke of Viseu Prince Francis Joseph of Braganza Maria Teresa de Bragança
The details

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


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 of Maximilian Anton Lamoral, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Duchess Helene in Bavaria.

Marriage and Issue

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

Elisabeth and Miguel had three children:

  • Prince Miguel of Braganza, Duke of Viseu (1878–1923), married Anita Stewart
  • Prince Francis Joseph of Braganza (1879–1919)
  • 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, Princess of Thurn and Taxis


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