Rendezvous with Princess Gloria
Princess, more precisely, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis (born 23 February 1960) belongs to the highest aristocracy of Germany. Today she not often spoils the audience with her appearance in public, in contrast to the turbulent years of her youth, when the representative of the princely family was called punk princess. In an interview to the TV channel “Russia 24” (Rendezvous with Princess Gloria. Special Report by Russian journalist Denis Arapov) she told about what metamorphosis happened to the European aristocracy, and what will happen to it in the near future. They met in New York. Princess Gloria was painting his portrait and Denis Arapov was interviewing her.
“Princess Gloria has recently begun painting. Princess in a hurry, it was hard to keep up within one hour to draw a portrait and to answer reporters’ questions, so she apologized, offered to meet her in the castle in Bavaria. Princess said goodbye warmly, saying in Russian, “Dosvidanya” (Goodbye)”.
Princess’s story began in 1980. Gloria was twenty years old when she married fifty-four year old Prince, the richest aristocrat in Germany. But her parents said that the groom was too old for their daughter. “We had an age difference of 30 years, but I never paid attention to the age. I always look at a person. I convinced parents of this”.
The couple did not go off the TV screen and newspapers. Gloria was envied by many women, who gossiped about her. But she herself was of aristocratic origin – nee Countess Glauchau. Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis was born Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Magarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg. Such a long name indeed.
Almost immediately, she, along with her husband loved to shock the audience. Princess dyed hair in bright colors and provocatively dressed. One day in honor of the birthday of her husband she made a costume ball. All guests dressed up in the style of French fashion of the 18th century, and she was in the image of Marie Antoinette.
For unpredictable temper journalists called her punk princess. “I was very young, I was only 25 years old and was experimenting with fashion. We went to parties, designers gave me beautiful dresses for free, and I was happy to be able to wear such clothes.”
Their careless marriage lasted 10 years. December 14, 1990 Prince Johannes dies. The young widow got a huge financial empire and a multi million-dollar debt for the property. Bohemian lifestyle the couple imposed shattered family business. With the hammer could be sold out the family nest – von Thurn und Taxis Palace St. Emmeram, which is now worth more than $ 200 million. At the last moment the princess had found the money not to sell it.
“When I first came here, I was 20 years old, in 1979. I went in and said – wow! Incredible. Then I had no idea that I would marry a prince. I was just a guest. I was surprised and impressed by a long history of this place, the history of the postal business of the family. More than 150 thousand tourists visit it every year. We must constantly look after the castle, it takes 1 – 1.5 million euros annually, but the state does not give her a single euro. Although it is an object of the World Cultural heritage Site. All repairs are carried out at the expense of the family.”
Gloria was 30, behind – 10 years of a bright marriage and three children. And Gloria from Playgirl turned into Financier. The inheritance left to her younger son, was enormous. But there was also a huge inheritance tax, and huge debts her husband had done, all together more than 500m (!!!) dollars.
A legacy is not ready money in the bank, but the property, real estate. Including 12 castles, which do not bring anything, but require millions for their maintenance each year. Gloria decided to pay out the tax, repay debts and restore the state of the family, not by selling the land and castles. For that purpose all collected works of art, jewelry, antiques were sold at auctions.
Gloria dismisses all the financial advisors, hires new and takes on the case herself. She gets education in economics and taxation, sells the brewery, steel company and the bank, owned by the family, reduced the staff of the castle, of her 27 personal vehicles remained 3. No more wild Iroquois and riotous parties. But Gloria looks good as a business woman.
“My grandmother was Russian, Orthodox and was very religious”. Gloria is well-educated – she knows five foreign languages and has successfully developed business, versed in fashion and always feels mainstream, but she is against the destruction of Sacred values assigned to her by previous generations. “Traditional values are forgotten, especially family values, in which the family – a mother, father and children. Now this type of family is rarely seen in European society”.
One day, in one of the talk shows Gloria opposed same-sex marriage and homosexual propaganda. In just a few hours began her persecution of the media. “I was continuously attacked by the press – in the end I had to apologize. I can say that today there is no possibility in EAC to express personal opinions. One must be very careful in the words. In European society there is no god.
Rendezvous with Princess Gloria