13 June 2016
His Highness The Duke of Mecklenburg celebrated his 60th birthday on 10 June in Neustrelitz
with a series of events lasting until Sunday 13 June being held to mark the occasion.
Friday 10 June The Duke and Duchess hosted a dinner for family at the Hotel Schlossgarten
in Neustrelitz. The evening started with a Champagne reception in the garden where
The Duke spoke to the guests and was serenaded with a rendition of Happy Birthday, after
which guests made their way into the Green Salon and Red Cabinet dining rooms where
after speeches by The Duke’s children Duchess Olga, Hereditary Prince Alexander and
Duke Michael dinner was served. After dinner guests made their way down to the Yellow
Vault for a short musical performance of Frank Sinatra songs before reassembling
in the dining rooms for dessert.
On Saturday 11 June over 100 guests attended a reception
for The Duke at the Orangerie in the Neustrelitz Palace Gardens, with The Duke, Duchess
and their children personally greeting all the guests. In addition to the members
of the Duke's family, among those in attendance were local politicians, clergy, members
of the Fürstenberg Shooters Guild and other dignitaries. During the reception The
Duke gave a speech to the guests thanking them for their attendance and wishes, followed
afterwards by a speech from Mr Vincent Kokert, Leader of the CDU Party in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Following the reception members of The Dukes family and other guests
embarked on a sightseeing trip by bus around Neustrelitz and to the Palaces of Hohenziertz
and Mirow. At Hohenziertz Mr Hans-Joachim Engel greeted guests at the Hohenziertz
Palace Church where he spoke about the history of Hohenziertz and presented The Duke
with a portrait of the Hohenziertz Palace. The guests then proceeded up to the palace
itself for a guided tour from Mr Engel. After leaving Hohenziertz the bus tour headed
to the Mirow Palace Island where after lunch in the Cavalier House the guests were
taken on a tour of the Mirow Palace by Dr Friederike Drinkuth, followed by a guided
tour from Dr Rajko Lippert of the Church of St John and the upper and lower crypts
where prayers were said for late Duke Georg Alexander, father of The Duke.
weekend concluded on Sunday 12 June with The Duke and members of his family visiting
the Cultural Quarter in Neustreliz where Dr Lippert took the guests on a guided tour.
those present during the weekend in addition to The Duke was his wife The Duchess
of Mecklenburg, their children Duchess Olga, Hereditary Prince Alexander and Duke
Michael, his sisters Duchess Marie Katharina, with her husband Wolfgang von Wasielewski
and their children, son in law and grandchildren and Duchess Irene with her husband
Constantin Harmsen and son Maximilian,and Baron Gabriel von dem Bussche-Ippenburg,
son of Duchess Elisabeth Christina. From the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin Duchess
Donata and Duchess Edwina came with their husbands and children. From the House of
Habsburg present was the Duke’s uncle and aunt Archduke Michael and Archduchess Christina
of Austria and his cousins Archduke Jozsef and Archduke Andreas with their wives’
Archduchess Margarete and Archduchess Nicky.