Friedrich Franz, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg

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Friedrich Franz, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg Gender: M
born on 22 April 1910 at 14:10 (= 2:10 PM )
Place Schwerin, Germany, 53n38, 11e25
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 01°31' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 09°41 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 08°32'

Grand Duke of Mecklenburg Friedrich Franz


Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the heir apparent to the throne of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, and a member of the SS. He became head of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1945, with the house becoming extinct on his death.

He was the eldest child of the reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Friedrich Franz IV, and his wife Princess Alexandra of Hanover, a daughter of Crown Prince Ernst August of Hanover, a first-cousin once removed of Queen Victoria, and Princess Thyra of Denmark, the youngest daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark.

Following the defeat of the German Empire in World War I, his father abdicated on 14 November 1918. He did not succeed to the throne, as the Empire was replaced with the Weimar Republic.

In May 1931 against the will of his father, Friedrich Franz joined the SS and by 1936 he had been promoted to the rank of Hauptsturmführer (Captain). He was posted to Denmark during World War II where he worked at the German embassy as a personal aide to Werner Best. He spent the summer months of 1944 serving with the Waffen-SS tank corps.

In May 1943, a family council was called by the Grand Ducal family and Friedrich Franz was passed over as heir in favour of his younger brother Duke Christian Ludwig, who would instead inherit the family property. He became head of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin on 17 November 1945, following the death of his father.

Friedrich Franz married Karin Elisabeth von Schaper (1920–2012), the daughter of Walter von Schaper and his wife Baroness Louise von Münchhausen, on 11 June 1941 at Wiligrad. They divorced on 22 September 1967, but remarried a decade later in Glücksburg on 27 April 1977. The death of his brother Duke Christian Ludwig in Hamburg in 1996 left Friedrich Franz as the only male member of the grand ducal house. As he had no children and his brother had only two daughters, his death on 31 July 2001 meant that the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin became extinct in the male line.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 11 June 1941 (Karin Elisabeth von Schaper)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 22 September 1967 (Karin Elisabeth von Schaper)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 27 April 1977 (Karin Elisabeth von Schaper)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield forwarded news report from "Wiener Zeitung," 23 April 1910, p. 6: "Wien, 22. April. (Hofnachricht.) Ihre kön. Hoheit Großherzogin Alexandra von Mecklenburg-Schwerin ist heute kurz nach 2 Uhr Nachmittags von einem Prinzen entbunden worden."

(Vienna, April 22nd. (Courtesy message.) Her Highness Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin was delivered of a prince shortly after two o'clock in the afternoon).


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two to same spouse)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 91)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (S.S. Hauptsturmführer/ Captain)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin)