Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
|Friedrich Franz (V)|
|Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Head of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Period||17 November 1945 – 31 July 2001|
|Predecessor||Frederick Francis IV|
|Successor||Borwin, Duke of Mecklenburg|
|Born||22 April 1910|
|Died||31 July 2001 (aged 91)|
Karin Elisabeth von Schaper&
(m. 1941; div. 1967)
(m. 1977–2001; his death)
|House||House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Father||Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Mother||Princess Alexandra of Hanover|
Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (German: Friedrich Franz Erbgroßherzog von Mecklenburg-Schwerin; 22 April 1910 – 31 July 2001) was the heir apparent to the throne of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and a member of the Waffen-SS.
He was born in Schwerin, the eldest child of the reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Frederick Francis IV, and his wife Princess Alexandra of Hanover, a daughter of Crown Prince Ernest Augustus 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 Grand Duchy was replaced with the Free State of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
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 Louis, who would instead inherit the family property.
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.
Titles and styles
- 22 April 1910 – 31 July 2001: His Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Petropoulos, Jonathan. Royals and the Reich: The Princes Von Hessen in Nazi Germany. p. 72.
- Royals and the Reich: The Princes Von Hessen in Nazi Germany. p. 99.
- L'Allemagne Dynastique, Tome VI : Bade-Mecklembourg. p. 253.