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Mountbatten’s father (Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Marquess of Milford Haven) became more and more a target of “anti-German” hysteria during World War I (1914-1918) but despite his long and dedicated service in the British Royal Navy, his appointment as First Sea Lord was seen by the British public as one step too far, and he was ultimately forced to resign.  In his resignation letter Prince Louis of Battenberg said “I have lately been driven to the painful conclusion that at this juncture, my birth and parentage have the effect of impairing in some respect my usefulness at the Board of Admiralty.”  When King George V (1865(1910-1936) read his cousin’s resignation letter he was clearly upset to read that the lineage of such a close relation and friend was in question, and that perhaps the same questions would be said about the Royal House itself, after all the King was himself a member of the House of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (as a grandson of Prince Albert, The Prince Consort (1819-1861) - husband of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901)).

In April 1917, questions were publicly asked of the Prime Minister, how he could serve a King and expect to defeat Germany, when the King, the Queen and most of the Royal Family were of German extraction.  The King decided that to avert a crisis of confidence in the Monarchy itself, action should be taken and was finally convinced to abandon all titles held under the German Crown and to change German titles and House names to Anglicised versions.  

A proclamation (see right) was issued on 17th July 1917 creating the Royal House of WINDSOR and declared that members of the Royal Family and extended family would cease to use their inherited German styles and titles.

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