Hereditary Grand Duchess Karin of Mecklenburg-Schwerinpassed away on 26 January 2012 at the age of ninety-one.
She had married Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Franz of Mecklenburg-Schwerin at Wiligrad on 11 June 1941. The Hereditary Grand Duchess was born Karin von Schaper, her birth taking place at Breslau on 31 January 1920. Her marriage to Friedrich Franz was considered morganatic. The couple's inability to procreate contributed to the demise of the dynasty. As of today only three Mecklenburg-Schwerins remain alive: Duchess Donata (Mrs. von Solodkoff), Duchess Edwina (Mrs. von Posern) and Duchess Woizlawa (Princess Reuss).
In 1967 the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple divorced after twenty-six years of marriage. A decade later Friedrich Franz and Karin reconciled and remarried. He died in 2001. The couple was childless.