The Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was a territory in Northern Germany, held by the younger line of the House of Mecklenburg residing in Neustrelitz.Like the neighbouring Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, it was a sovereign member state of the German Confederation and became a federated state of the North German Confederation and finally of the German Empire upon the unification of 1871.
However, the Hesse family never lived in it, and it was sold in 2016. Grand Duke of Hesse. In 1892, Ernest Louis succeeded his father as grand duke. Throughout his life, Ernest Louis was a patron of the arts, founding the Darmstadt Artists' Colony, and was himself an author of poems, plays, essays, and piano compositions.
Grand Duchy of Hesse: Grand Cross of the Ludwig Order, 8 June 1857; Kingdom of Prussia: Knight of the Black Eagle, 22 April 1857; with Collar, 1872; Grand Commander's Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, 25 September 1872; Pour le Mérite (military), 27 December 1877