From Battenberg to Mountbatten:

Three Generations of a Remarkable Family

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In 1841 Prince Alexander of Hesse accompanied his sister Marie to Russia for her marriage to the future Tsar Alexander II and decided to stay on. In 1851 he surprised the world and got himself exiled from the court of his sister’s father-in-law Tsar Nicholas I, for eloping with the commoner Julie Hauke, a lady in waiting to his sister. Protocol of the day demanded he forego his place in the Hessian succession and his wife and children were not permitted to take his name and titles.

Julie Hauke was granted the courtesy title Countess, then later Princess, of Battenberg: their five children took the Battenberg name. The second child, Prince Louis, married his second cousin Princess Victoria of Hesse, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Prince Louis and Victoria were the parents of Earl Mountbatten of Burma whose sister Princess Alice of Battenberg was the mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. King Filipe VI of Spain is descended from Queen Victoria’s youngest child, Princess Beatrice, and her husband Prince Henry of Battenberg.

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A tricky juggling act for a German prince being UK First Sea Lord in 1914! Purchaser from Malta.


Pages 70

Photographs 50

Family trees 2

Time line showing major events in the life of Earl Mountbatten 1900-1979


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The Battenberg coat-of-arms is on the left, while that on the right is the arms of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, in which is shown his descent from Queen Victoria through his grandmother Princess Alice, the Queen’s third child.

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Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine with his wife Julie Hauke, Princess of Battenberg, formerly a lady-in-waiting to his sister the future Empress-Consort of Russia. Not being of royal blood Julie was not allowed to become a Princess of Hesse and was given Battenberg as a courtesy title.


Lady Louise Mountbatten (originally a Princess of Battenberg), a daughter of their son Prince Louis of Battenberg and Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Victoria of Hesse. Louise was a sister of Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Became Queen of Sweden


Louise’s sister Princess Alice of Battenberg, mother of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.


The Duke of Edinburgh with his wife Queen Elizabeth II.


Earl Mountbatten of Burma, grandson of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and Julie Hauke. Brother of Louise and Alice of Battenberg.


His father Prince Louis of Battenberg, after 1917 First Marquess of Milford Haven, with his wife Princess Victoria of Hesse.

Julie Hauke as a young woman.