Three Generations of a Remarkable Family

Commissioned by the Bookshop at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, the burial place of Earl Mountbatten of Burma

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. For the next ten years he led what amounted to the life of a playboy and enjoyed romances with ladies from the highest levels in Russian society.

In 1851 he surprised the world and got himself exiled from the court of his sister’s father-in-law Tsar Nicholas I, who had never thought very highly of him, by marrying 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 being Prince Louis of Battenberg who married his second cousin Victoria of Hesse, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and was the father of Earl Mountbatten of Burma and grandfather of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In 1917 the branch of the family living in England anglicised their surname to Mountbatten. King Filipe VI of Spain is descended from Queen Victoria’s youngest child, Princess Beatrice and Julie Hauke’s third son, Prince Henry of Battenberg.

  • 70 pages
  • 2 Family Trees
  • 50 photographs
  • Time line showing major events in the life of Earl Mountbatten 1900-1979

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