*** boys clothing: German royalty -- Mecklenburg

German Royalty: Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Figure 1.--The boys here are Erbgrossherzog von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (I'm not sure just who this was, probably Friedrich Franz) and Pince Hubertus of Prussia.

Most of the information we have acquired is of the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. We have some limited information on some of the recent Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. While we have some historical information from the 19th century, our images at this time or only from the 20th century.

Paul Friedrich (1800-42)

Grandduke Paul Friedrich was born in 1800. He had two sons: Fridrich Franz who succeeded him as Granduke (1823-83) and Wilhelm, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1827-1879). Wilhelm had one child, Charlotte, Frau Robert Schmidt (1868-1944). She died December 20, 1944, at Partenkirchen.

Friedrich Franz II (1823-83)

Friedrich Franz II was born in 1823. His eldest son by his first marriage was Friedrich Franz III (1851-97). His other sons by his first marriage included Paul Friedrich, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1852-1923). Paul Friedrich forfeited his rights of succession as a result of his conversion to Catholicism and marriage to a Catholic in 1881. Their four children included: First Marie Antonia, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1884-1944). She died October 26, 1944, in Bled, Yugoslavia. Second Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1885-1942). He died November 3, 1942, at Sarszentmihaly, Hungary. His wife was Karola, n�e von Alers (1882- ). Friedrich Franz II had three children by his third marriage. The first child of Friedrich Franz II second marriage was Elisabeth, Grand Duchess Friedrich August of Oldenburg (1869- ) and Adolf Friedrich, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1873- ). The second child of Friedrich Franz II second marriage was Adolf Friedrich. He was nominated Duke of the United Baltic Duchy in accordance with a 1918 resolution by the General Provincial Assembly in Riga that called upon the German Emperor Wilhelm II to recognize the Baltic provinces of Latvia and Estonia as a monarchy and a German protectorate. Adolf Friedrich's second wife was Elisabeth, widow of Duke Johann Albrecht of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, n�e Princess of Stolberg-Rossla (1885- ). They had one child, Woizlawa-Feodora, Princess Heinrich I Reuss zu K�stritz (1918- ). She married September 15, 1939, at Bad Doberan. The third child of Friedrich Franz II second marriage was Henrik who became Prince of the Netherlands, n� Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876-1934). He married Wilhelmina, Queen of the Netherlands (1880- ). Their child was Juliana, Crown Princess of the Netherlands, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1909- ).

Friedrich Franz III (1851-97)

Friedrich Franz was born (1851). He married Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (1860�1922). They married in Saint Petersburg (1879). His son who would become Friedrich Franz IV was born (1882). He had two daughters: Alexandrine, Queen Consort of King Christian X of Denmark (1879- ) and Cecilie, Crown Princess Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia (1886- )

Friedrich Franz IV (1882-1945)

Friedrich Franz IV succeeded as Grand Duke in 1897 on the death of his father, Grand Duke Friedrich Franz III. Friedrich Franz married Alexandra, n�e Princess of Hanover (1882- ). They had four children. Their first son was Friedrich Franz V, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1910- ). Friedrich Franz IV's other four children were: Christian Ludwig, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1912- ), Thyra, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1919- ), Anastasia, Princess Friedrich Ferdinand of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl�cksburg (1922- ). She married on September 1, 1943, at Wiligrad. Friedrich Franz IV was designated Regent of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1918 upon the death of his distant cousin, Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Abdicated as both Grand Duke and Regent in November 1918 in the aftermath of World War I. He succeeded as de jure Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in 1918 upon the renunciation of the title by Duke Karl Michael, the last male of the house of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Friedrich-Franz IV fell from power on November 14, 1918. He was close to the German royal family as his sister was Princess Cecilie, wife of the German Crown Prince. He also abdicated the throne of his cousins the Grand Dukes of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Friedrich Franz IV died on November 17, 1945 at Flensburg.

Friedrich Franz V (1910- )

Friedrich Franz V was born in 1910, the son of Friedrich Franz IV and Alexandra, n�e Princess of Hanover (1882- ) Family portraits sjow him weaing tunic suits with kneepant as a younger boy. He married unequally on June 11, 1941 during World War II to Karin Elisabeth, n�e von Schaper (1920- ) at Wiligrad. Friedrich Franz V succeeded as head of the dynasty on November 17, 1945 upon the death of his father, Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV.. He was the head of the family, but as the dynaty had been deposed at the end of World War I, however, he never asceded to the throne.


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Created: June 21, 2002
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