Restoration of the Family Crypt in Mirow

Their Highnesses with Mr Kokert and Dr Lippert

Yesterday their Highnesses Duchess Olga, the Hereditary Prince Alexander and Duke Michael were in Mirow to meet with members of the project to the restore the Grand Ducal Family’s Crypt in the Church of St John and the wider church grounds. Their Highnesses grandfather the Duke Georg Alexander (1921-1996) was the last member of the family to have been interned in the crypt.

Members of the restoration project present included Vincent Kokert, Member of the Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Karlo Schmettau, the Mayor of Mirow and members of the Lutheran Church in Mirow and the Cultural Heritage of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Society including its chairman Dr Rajko Lippert.

During the meeting their Highnesses were informed that a budget of 900,000 Euros will be made available for the work to be carried out with funding coming from the City of Mirow (40,000 Euros) the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (340,000 Euros) with the remainder from the German Federal Republic. Work is due to begin in March 2016 and complete in 2017.

Prior to yesterday’s meeting on Saturday 19 December, their Highnesses attended a film screening and discussion organised by the Cultural Heritage of Mecklenburg-Strelitz Society in the Cultural Quarter in Neustrelitz.

After a screening of “Tod eines Märchenprinzen” (Death of a Prince Charming), a documentary film about the death of Grand Duke Adolf Friedrich VI, a discussion on the Society’s project “Mirow – a place of final rest” on the planned restoration of the Grand Ducal Family’s Crypt in Mirow took place. The meeting closed with a discussion on the Society’s activities for 2016 and a Question and Answer session.