If you drive through the territory of the Grand Duchy in these times, you will notice that people are once again hoisting flags on their properties. But it would all be more like a curious spectacle if it weren't so sad. A wide variety of flags are flying. Their assortment ranges from black-red-yellow, black-white-red, red-yellow-blue, red-white-blue with yellow stripes to red-white-blue either with or without various coats of arms. Sometimes you will even find an old GDR flag. It's sad because people are keen to demonstrate once again the pride they feel in their homeland or express somewhat wishful thinking, but don't seem to know how. All of this points to a strong sense of inner conflict and a loss of identity, as people are no longer sure where they actually belong. For the most part, this is due to unawareness coupled with doubts or a reluctance to investigate what is actually happening.

In the Grand Duchy, our intention is to bring a love for – and pride in – our homeland back to life. That is why, in keeping with established tradition, we have adopted a hymn that is steeped in Prussian history as the anthem of the Grand Duchy. We also have a flag and coats of arms. The anthem, coat of arms and flag colours are explained below.


Anthem

Many will already be familiar with the anthem of the Grand Duchies, at least its melody. Its origins lie in the Prussian dynasty, as it was the hymn used to pay homage to the Prussian kings, and subsequently the emperor, a member of the white nobility. (Heil Dir im Siegerkranz or Hail to thee in the victor's garland/Although still unproven, the text is said to have been penned by Heinrich Harries, a pastor and writer from Bruges)

The British pinched this anthem in the early 19th century and turned it into ‘God save the King/the Queen’. It is also used as the official national anthem in the Principality of Liechtenstein. But its origins are definitely in Mecklenburg! However, the composer is unknown.

Text:

Gotte segne Friedrich Maik
Und seiner Krone Glanz
Trübe sich nie!

Friede und Heiterkeit
bleibe stets sein Geleit
Bis in die fernste Zeit
Fliehe ihn nie!


Über´m Grossherzoghaus
schütte Dein Füllhorn aus
Freundlicher Gott

Für Deines Hauses Glück
Schärfe den Vaterblick
Und jedes Mißgeschick
Scheuch Dein Gebot!


Sei eine feste Burg
Dem theuren Mecklenburg
Künftig wie jetzt

Schütz unser Vaterland
Der Eintracht schönes Band
Bleib zwischen Thron und Land
Stets unverletzt.

Text/Mecklenburger Platt:

Friedrich Maik, de sall läben
Gott gäw em sienen Sägen.
dat wünsch ich mi

Fräden un Heiterkeit
blieben ümmer an sien Siet
bit in de ferne Tied
verlaten em nie.


Över sien Grossherzogshus
schürr ok dien Füllhurn ut,
fründlicher Gott.

För dienes Huses Glück
scharp dienen Vadderblick,
un jedes Mißgeschick
verjagd dien Gebot!


Sie ene feste Burg
för´d düre Meckelnborg
ümmer wie jetzt

Schütz du uns Vadderland
Eintracht un schönes Band
Bliev twischen Thron und Land
ümmer unverletzt.


FLAGS

This is the official flag of the Grand Duchies of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Strelitz and the Duchy of Pomerania.

As demonstrated in the two extracts from the Heraldic Lexicon, it has always been used since the Duchy of Mecklenburg was divided into two dynastic lines (partial principalities) in 1352. Both principalities used the same national colours – blue, white and red.


Coat of arms

Family coat of arms of the Grand Duke

Coat of arms of the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Mecklenburg Strelitz

Coat of arms of the Duchy of Pomerania

Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Prussia

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