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(from Sept 2006)

On Mountbatten’s birth certificate  - his mother (Princess Louis of Battenburg - formerly Princess Victoria of Hesse & By the Rhine, and later The Marchioness of Milford Haven (1863-1950)) is shown as “Victoria Elizabeth Matilda Alberta Mary” but was actually known as “Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie”.  As you can see by his birth certificate - originally Mountbatten was to be named “Victor Nicholas Louis Francis” - but this was changed after registration to “Albert Victor Nicholas Louis Francis”.  It was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wish, that all their descendants bore the names “Victor/Victoria” or “Albert/Alberta” within their normally multiple Christian names.  She wrote to her eldest son Prince Albert Edward, The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII (1841(1901-1910) following the birth of his second son in 1865 - “of course you will add Albert at the end, like your brothers, as you know we [Queen Victoria and The Prince Consort] settled long ago that all dearest Papa's male English descendants should bear that name, to mark our line, just as I wish all the girls to have Victoria after theirs! I lay great stress on this; and it is done in a great many families."  

Despite already having “Victor” at the Queen’s original request, following the birth, she then urged the Battenbergs to add the name “Albert”.  The Queen agreed to be the child’s god-mother (almost taking charge personally of the christening - despite being 81yrs old, frail, infirm and almost blind). The child was to be the last child of which she would act as god-mother.  In The Times of 18th July 1900, Mountbatten’s names were published with “Albert” being first (as above), but in the end (following the death of the late Queen), Mountbatten ended up using the names in this order he was christened - “Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas”.