German Dynasties – The Princely House of Thurn and Taxis

ARD, 2013, 45 min.

The documentary “German Dynasties – The Princess of Thurn and Taxis” is a wild journey through the centuries. Princess Gloria is the current head of Germany’s wealthiest aristocratic family.

We join the Princess at her home in St. Emmeram Castle in Regensburg and set out with her on a pilgrimage. Gloria speaks quite openly about her memories of her late husband, Prince Johannes, talks about faith, doubts and mistakes, but also about the things that are important to her and drive her on.

In the family archives, and with the help of the historian Dr. Peter Styra, the great days of the Thurn and Taxis postal monopoly are being brought back to life. Footage of the Princes Albert I and Johannes, which has never been shown before, brings to life the past century. The last Hofmarschall tells of the dynasty’s court protocol. In this world of high nobility, prominent names from the present and the past keep turning up.

For 45 minutes, the writer Jobst Knigge reports on one of the most exciting dynasties in Germany.

Written and directed by: Jobst Knigge
Camera: Stefan Paul
Sound: Ole Fensky, Markus Kästner
Steadicam: Jan Kerhart
Editing: Robert Bohrer
Production: Sandra Šamec
Producer: Nadja Frenz
Executive Producers: Sandra Maischberger, Matthias Martens
Production Management: Oliver Wissmann (WDR)
Editorial: Christiane Hinz (WDR)
Editorial: Andrea Bräu (BR)