Karine Lackner was born in Vienna, Austria and raised bi-lingual in a French Private School, the Lycee Francais de Vienne. Karine lived in Vienna in her teenage years and other parts of Europe, such as Monte-Carlo, St.Tropez, Greece and Istanbul in her twenties and thirties. Short, but regular visits to the USA, N.Y. & Los Angeles, where she was proposed to become a spokeswoman for Harry Winston completed her passion for traveling the world.
Karine got married at the age of 24 with Prince Maximilian Von Thurn und Taxis, from the Austrian part of Germany’s richest princely family, whose wealth derives from founding the German postal service and from brewing.
She speaks fluently German, Italian, English, and French.
In 2002 Karine opened “LE CARRE D’OR – Interior Design” in Monte-Carlo representing the most important Italian luxury furniture brands, including “ARMANI CASA “ as the lead brand, chosen as the 3rd store in the World carrying the brand after Milan & Paris .
In 2003 she opened the “ VERSACE Home Collection private show-room by appointment only ” in Monte-Carlo’s “ Parc Palace ”, one of the most prestigious buildings in the center of Monaco Combining Luxury real estate with Interior Design Karine successfully sold properties for over 20 million Euros in Monte Carlo in the first year combining the two . Some of her work can be viewd on : www.luxuryinteriorsbykarine.com Through her 14 years in Monte-Carlo as a businesswoman she was able to establish excellent relationships in Monaco.
Karine moved to Istanbul in 2009 and made a major step moving to the Middle East by settling down in Doha in 2011 where she had invested in the booming real estate market. Beside buying properties, she sensed the wish of Qatari nationals to travel to exclusive life-style destinations, so the service of “ LA CONCIERGERIE du QATAR ” was born.
In 2014 developing a passion, a line for “ caftans in silk ” and handmade beaded luxury handbags with mother of pearl inserts was created and showcased during a fashion show in a VVIP Ladies Lunch event at IDAM, the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha hosted by ANTARA Palace, the first Spa Palace from Cyprus, of which Karine is the Ambassador in Qatar .