In the 200th year of her birth, Alexandrine, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, has returned to Ludwigslust. Riding a horse, she has stood since 2003 on the square that has borne her name for more than 150 years.
The Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, born Friederike Wilhelmine Alexandrine Marie Helene, spent 15 years of her life in Ludwigslust. The daughter of Prussian King Frederick William III and the legendary Queen Luise was not only beautiful, clever and friendly; with charm and intelligence she conquered the hearts of the Ludwigslust population, much like Empress Sissi in Austria.
In Ludwigslust, the Protestant kindergarten "Alexandrinenstift" is still a reminder of the commitment of the future mother of the state, who died in Schwerin on April 21, 1892, at the age of 89.
An oversized bronze sculpture of the Alexandrine on horseback, created by the sculptors Andreas Krämmer and Holger Lassen, has stood in the center of the renovated and redesigned Alexandrinenplatz since 2003 and commemorates the Grand Duchess. The ensemble is to be supplemented by six sandstones along Schloßstraße, which will be provided with literary texts, and the runner, who at that time carried the court's mail to Schwerin on foot every day.