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Re: New York Times profiles Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis
User logged in as Gary
That's what threw me. I couldn't think of an heir apparent to a kingdom or empire with a wife named Helene.
Helene was married to Maximilian Erbprinz von Thurn und Taxis. Maximilian died before his father Maximilian Karl and so never succeeded as Fürst and head of the house.
The titles "Erbprinz" and "Kronprinz" are both used for the heir of a head of house. "Kronprinz" is used when the head is a king or emperor. "Erbprinz" is used when the head is a duke or Fürst. It is normally translated into English as "Hereditary Prince". Less frequently (some, including myself, would say incorrectly) "Erbprinz" is translated "Crown Prince".
The heir of the reigning prince (Fürst) of Liechtenstein uses the title "Erbprinz".
That would be Helene of Bavaria, older sister of Empress Elisabeth (Sissi). Helene was the intended bride of Franz Joseph, but he chose Sissi instead, and Helene married into the Thurn und Taxis family instead.
What a fascinating course her life has taken. The substance of the article isn't really on-topic here, but one royalty question: The article refers to her great-grandmother Crown Princess Helene. Who is that?