Karin Elisabeth von Schaper
|Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Born||31 January 1920|
Breslau, Province of Lower Silesia
|Died||26 January 2012 (aged 91)|
Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin&
(m. 1941; div. 1967)
(m. 1977; died 2001)
|House||Mecklenburg-Schwerin (by marriage)|
|Father||Dr. Walter von Schaper|
|Mother||Baroness Louise von Münchhausen|
Karin Elisabeth, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (née von Schaper, Karin Elisabeth Henriette Lori Gudela; 31 January 1920 – 26 January 2012) was a member by marriage of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She was the widow of Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.
Karin Elisabeth von Schaper was born at Breslau, Province of Lower Silesia, Weimar Republic (now Wrocław, Poland) on 31 January 1920. She was the only daughter of Dr. Walter von Schaper (1892-1968) and Baroness Elisabeth Louise Vally Sophie Therese von Münchhausen (b.1895), later married to Baron Joseph von Blankart (1899-1972).
Through her father Walter, she is direct descendant of Baroness Maria Regina Johanna von Hackelberg und Landau (1744-1779), illegitimate daughter of Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine and his mistress Regina Bartholotti von Partenfeld. Through him, she can also claim direct ancestry from many great families, such as Schwarzenberg, Starhemberg, Windisch-Graetz, Wied, Kinsky, Clary und Aldringen, Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg, Fugger, Lamberg, Pálffy, Hanau-Lichtenberg, Harrach...
Through her mother's side of the family, she is related to the Baron Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen (1720-1797), famous soldier, adventurer and story teller.
Marriage and family
On 11 June 1941 in Schwerin Karin Elisabeth married, Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, eldest son of Frederick Francis IV the last reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. They divorced on 22 September 1967 but remarried a decade later in Glücksburg on 27 April 1977. They had no children.
As a member by marriage of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, her nieces Donata and Edwina are the only remaining senior members of the House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. On the death of her husband in 2001, the Mecklenburg-Schwerin male line became extinct.
She died on 26 January 2012 at Glucksburg (Ostsee) at the age of 91.
Titles and styles
- 31 January 1920 – 11 June 1941: Karin Elisabeth von Schaper
- 11 June 1941 – 22 September 1967: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- 22 September 1967 – 27 April 1977: Karin Elisabeth, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- 27 April 1977 – 31 July 2001: Her Royal Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- 31 July 2001 – 26 January 2012: Her Royal Highness The Dowager Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
|Ancestors of Karin Elisabeth von Schaper|
- C. Arnold McNaughton, The Book of Kings: A Royal Genealogy, in 3 volumes (London, U.K.: Garnstone Press, 1973), volume 1, page 417. Hereinafter cited as The Book of Kings.
- L'Allemagne Dynastique, Tome VI : Bade-Mecklembourg. p. 253. Search this book on
|Titles in pretence|
Princess Alexandra of Hanover
|— TITULAR —
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
17 November 1945 – 22 September 1967
27 April 1977 – 31 July 2001
Reason for succession failure:
Grand Duchy abolished in 1918
Mecklenburg-Schwerin male line extinct
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