Duke of Mecklenburg, Prince of Wenden, Schwerin and Ratzeburg, Count of Schwerin,
Lord of the Lands of Rostock and Stargard, Prince of Mecklenburg-
Early life and education
Duke Borwin was christened into the Roman Catholic Church receiving the names Georg
Borwin Friedrich Franz Carl Stephan Konrad Hubertus Maria. As is traditional for
the eldest son of the family he received Georg as his first Christian name, his second
name Borwin is an old Wendish name with a long connection with the House of Mecklenburg
dating back to Prince Heinrich Borwin I of Mecklenburg, the grandson of the ancestor
of the family, Niklot, Prince of the Obotrites. The name’s Friedrich Franz were given
in honour of Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz of Mecklenburg-
Duke Borwin grew up in the state of Baden-
After completing his schooling Duke Borwin would serve in the German Army where he achieved the rank of Captain of the German Federal Forces. In 1984 he began studying at the Geisenheim Grape Breeding Institute, graduating in 1987 with an engineer degree in viticulture and beverage technology.
Family and career
Duke Borwin was married to Alice Wagner in Hinterzarten on 24 December 1985 in a
civil ceremony, followed by a religious ceremony on 19 July 1986. The couple made
their home in the Black Forest region of the state of Baden-
Living in the Black Forest has enabled Duke Borwin to enjoy his outdoor interests like the environment, fishing and hunting; his other interests include art, culture and social issues. Duke Borwin is actively involved in his local community supporting children with special needs through the Friends Association of the Upper Black Forest Support Centre, where he was chairman for over 10 years; he is also an active member of his local hunting association.
During his early career Duke Borwin and his wife managed a hotel together between 1988 and 1995, afterwards he became a manager at a Swiss drinks company. Latterly he has pursued a career in sales for Germany’s largest hunting outfitter, Frankonia and for the Vogel Shooting Centre in Eschbach. He has also been a licensed weapons dealer since August 2015 following the completion of a course at the Weapons School in Suhl.
Head of the house
Duke Borwin succeeded as head of the House of Mecklenburg-
Duke Borwin, while not resident in Mecklenburg-
After becoming head of the house Duke Borwin had to address the restitution process
with the state of Mecklenburg-
While head of the house Duke Borwin has actively become involved with a number of charitable causes. He is the patron and protector of the Knights Order of the Griffin which provides support to various charitable projects. The order which was created in 1984 revived the Griffin name of the defunct Grand Ducal Mecklenburg Order of the Griffin.
Duke Borwin is a supporter of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy
Land (ELCJHL) and was a guest at the dedication of their baptismal site by the River
Jordan in January 2014. He supported the 1998 republication, after a 54 year absence,
of the famous genealogical directory the Almanach de Gotha and serves as member of
its Comité de Patronage. Duke Borwin is also patron of the lineage society the Order
of the Founders of North America 1492-