Duke of Mecklenburg, Prince of Wenden, Schwerin and Ratzeburg, Count of Schwerin,
Lord of the Lands of Rostock and Stargard, Prince of Mecklenburg-
Duke Borwin was born on 10 June 1956 in Freiburg-
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 which has a long connection with the House of Mecklenburg dating back to Prince Heinrich Borwin I of Mecklenburg (died 1227), the grandson of the ancestor of the grand ducal house, Niklot, Prince of the Obotrites.
Education and career
Duke Borwin grew up in the state of Baden-
In his career Duke Borwin has managed a hotel with his wife and worked in the beverage industry. Currently he is employed by Frankonia, Germany’s largest hunting outfitter, and Nagel Auktionen, an art auction house based in Stuttgart. He is also involved in the solar energy industry providing advice on photovoltaics. Having studied a course at the Weapons School in Suhl, Thuringia, in August 2015 Duke Borwin qualified as a licensed weapons dealer.
Duke Borwin married Alice Wagner in Hinterzarten on 24 December 1985 in a civil ceremony, followed by a religious ceremony on 19 July 1986. The couple have three children Duchess Olga, born 1988, Hereditary Prince Alexander, born 1991 and Duke Michael, born 1994.
Duke Borwin's interests include art, culture, the environment, social issues and
outdoor pursuits such as hunting and fishing. Duke Borwin and his wife live in the
Black Forest region of the state of Baden-
Head of the house
Duke Borwin became heir apparent to the headship of the House of Mecklenburg-
Although not resident in Mecklenburg-
After becoming head of the house Duke Borwin had to address the restitution process
with the state of Mecklenburg-
Duke Borwin is actively involved with a number of charitable causes. From 2003 to 2015 he served as chairman of the Friends Association of the Upper Black Forest Support Centre whose purpose is to raise funds for the Support Centre which serves children with special needs. He is also the patron, protector and honorary grand master of the Knights Order of the Griffin, which has legal status as a German registered association and 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 also 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-
Honours and decorations