Memorial Mirow

Centenary of the death of Adolf Friedrich VI

Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI

To mark the centenary on 23 February 2018 of the death of Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI a series of commemorative events were held in Mirow and Neustrelitz in the presence of Her Highness Duchess Olga.

On 23 February around 50 people attended a memorial service to Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI held at his grave on the Lovers Island in Mirow. Pastor Christian Brodowski opened by the service with a devotion based on the epitaph of the grave ‘Gott ist die Liebe’ (God is Love) followed by Duchess Olga who thanked those in attendance on behalf of the Grand Ducal House. The event was accompanied by a trumpeter who performed the hymns ‘Nearer, my God, to Thee’ and ‘The Last Rose of Summer’. The laying of 35 red roses on the grave of Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI, one for each year of his life, was followed by the Lord’s Prayer before the participants left the Lovers Island as the bells of the Church of St John rung out. Members of the Fürstenberg Shooters Guild formed a guard of honour by the grave during the service.

The memorial service was followed by the symbolic handing over of the key to the Lower Crypt in the Church of St John from Pastor Christian Brodowski to Duchess Olga allowing Her Highness to observe the progress of the restoration work and express her thanks to those involved with the work.  The day’s events concluded with a lecture by historian and author Sandra Lembke at the 3-Königinnen-Palais on Queen Victoria and Grand Duchess Augusta, the grandmother of Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI.

On 24 February at the Cultural Quarter in Neustrelitz a further commemorative event was held in memory of Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI with a film screening and the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the Grand Duke.