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Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg

Duke Christian Louis of MecklenburgBiography, German noble

German noble
Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg
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Intro German noble
A.K.A. Christian Ludwig Herzog zu Mecklenburg, Christian Ludwig Großherzog v...
Was Military personnel
From Germany
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 29 September 1912, Ludwigslust, Germany
Death 18 July 1996, Gut Hemmelmark, Germany (aged 83 years)
Star sign LibraLibra
Family
Mother: Princess Alexandra of Hanover
Father: Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Siblings: Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-SchwerinDuchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-SchwerinThyra Anastasia Alexandrine Marie-Louise Olga Cecilie Charlotte Elisabeth Emma
Spouse: Princess Barbara of Prussia
Children: Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg Donata Prinzessin von Mecklenburg-SchwerinEdwina Prinzessin von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg
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Biography

Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg (German: Christian-Ludwig Herzog zu Mecklenburg; 29 September 1912 – 18 July 1996) was the second son of the last reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Frederick Francis IV.

Early life

Pictured in 1918 (on right) with his mother and elder brother.

He was born in Ludwigslust as the second child of the reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Frederick Francis IV, and his wife Princess Alexandra of Hanover, a daughter of Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover and Princess Thyra of Denmark. Following the defeat of the German Empire in World War I, his father abdicated on 14 November 1918.

After the abolition of the monarchy, in 1919 the family went at the invitation of Queen Alexandrine, consort of Christian X of Denmark and sister of the Grand Duke, into exile in Denmark, where they lived for a year in Sorgenfri Palace. Later, the family returned to Mecklenburg and lived in Gelbensande, and from 1921 the family settled at Ludwigslust Castle. After finishing school, in the autumn of 1935, he went as a recruit in the cavalry regiment 14 in Ludwigslust, with whom he was drafted in 1939 into World War II. In 1944, he was dismissed because of a decree as being a member of a former ruling house of the armed forces.

After the war

When the war ended, Ludwigslust was first occupied by the British, but soon was transferred to the Soviet occupation, so that Christian Louis initially went with his family to Glücksburg Castle in Schleswig-Holstein. But he soon returned to Ludwigslust to take care of the family property and was taken prisoner by the Soviet military authorities. After imprisonment he was flown to Moscow, where he was sentenced in the Lubyanka prison to be imprisoned for 25 years.

In 1953, he was released after the intervention of Konrad Adenauer for German POWs in the Soviet Union and came back to Christmas 1953 with his family in Glücksburg.

Marriage and family

On 5 July 1954 in Glücksburg, Christian Louis married in a civil wedding Princess Barbara of Prussia, daughter of Prince Sigismund of Prussia. They married in a religious ceremony on 11 July 1954. They had two daughters:

  • Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg (b. 11 March 1956), married Alexander von Solodkoff and had issue.
  • Duchess Edwina of Mecklenburg (b. 25 September 1960), married Konrad von Posern and had issue.

Ancestry

16. Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
16. Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
8. Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
17. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
4. Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
18. Heinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
9. Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz
19. Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode
2. Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
20. Nicholas I of Russia
10. Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
21. Princess Charlotte of Prussia
5. Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
22. Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden
11. Princess Cecilie of Baden
23. Princess Sophie of Sweden
1. Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
24. Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover
12. George V of Hanover
25. Duchess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
6. Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover
26. Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
13. Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg
27. Duchess Amelia of Württemberg
3. Princess Alexandra of Hanover
28. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
14. Christian IX of Denmark
29. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
7. Princess Thyra of Denmark
30. Landgrave William of Hesse-Kassel
15. Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel
31. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
16. Paul Frederick, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
8. Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
17. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
4. Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
18. Heinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
9. Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz
19. Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode
2. Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
20. Nicholas I of Russia
10. Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
21. Princess Charlotte of Prussia
5. Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
22. Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden
11. Princess Cecilie of Baden
23. Princess Sophie of Sweden
1. Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
24. Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover
12. George V of Hanover
25. Duchess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
6. Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover
26. Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
13. Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg
27. Duchess Amelia of Württemberg
3. Princess Alexandra of Hanover
28. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
14. Christian IX of Denmark
29. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
7. Princess Thyra of Denmark
30. Landgrave William of Hesse-Kassel
15. Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel
31. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
8. Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
17. Princess Alexandrine of Prussia
4. Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
18. Heinrich LXIII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz
9. Princess Augusta Reuss of Köstritz
19. Countess Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode
2. Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
20. Nicholas I of Russia
10. Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
21. Princess Charlotte of Prussia
5. Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
22. Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden
11. Princess Cecilie of Baden
23. Princess Sophie of Sweden
1. Duke Christian Louis of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
24. Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover
12. George V of Hanover
25. Duchess Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
6. Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover
26. Joseph, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
13. Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg
27. Duchess Amelia of Württemberg
3. Princess Alexandra of Hanover
28. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
14. Christian IX of Denmark
29. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
7. Princess Thyra of Denmark
30. Landgrave William of Hesse-Kassel
15. Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel
31. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark

Sources

  • Alexander Solodkoff: Christian Ludwig Herzog zu Mecklenburg: Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Club Wien 2003, ISBN 3-933781-28-0
  • Alison Weir: Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy, The Bodley Head, London 1999, S: 292
  • Marlene A. Eilers: Queen Victoria's Descendants, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore 1987, S. 161, 162, 169
  • Peter Hoffmann: Stauffenbergs Freund - Die tragische Geschichte des Widerstandskämpfers Joachim Kuhn, Verlag C.H.Beck München 2007, ISBN 978-3-406-55810-8
  • Peter Hoffmann: Oberst i.G. Henning von Tresckow und die Staatsstreichspläne im Jahr 1943, in: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte, Vol 55, 2, April 2007, S. 331-364
  • Christian Ludwig von Mecklenburg: Erzählungen aus meinem Leben, Schwerin, 3. Auflage31998, ISBN 3-910179-75-4
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https://d-nb.info/gnd/120322544
http://isni.org/isni/0000000053670519
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2006121749
https://viaf.org/viaf/18050230
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/18050230
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