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Lord Louis Mountbatten

1917 - 1920

The Battenberg family were “victims” of the Royal Proclamation of 17th July 1917, when King George V (1865(1910-1936) – in response to anti-German attacks against the dynastic German Royal Family of Britain, and declared that members of the Royal Family and extended family would cease to use their inherited German styles and titles and use the family name of WINDSOR instead of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha. Mountbatten’s father relinquished his Princely status and decided (after much debate) to adopt the surname of MOUNTBATTEN – a literal Anglicized translation of Battenberg, and was created a Peer of the Realm – taking the title “Marquess of Milford Haven, Earl of Medina and Viscount Alderney”.  As a result of his father’s new status as a Marquess, Mountbatten also lost his own Princely title and assumed the courtesy title of a younger son of a Marquess and became styled “Lord Louis Mountbatten”. Mountbatten’s father was staying with George, his eldest son - who took the courtesy title of Earl of Medina and who would later succeed their father as the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven) during his transition from German Prince to a Peer of the Realm, and famously wrote in the guest-book during his change in status - “arrived Prince Hyde. Departed Lord Jekyll.”

Mountbatten’s father -

Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven

By 1920, Mountbatten had been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and accompanied his cousin “David” (Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales - subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later the Duke of Windsor), on board HMS Renown on his tours to Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan and the Far East.  

Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales

(later King Edward VIII)

with Mountbatten on the Prince’s tour in 1920 of Australia

& New Zealand

Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales and Mountbatten (who was appointed as Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Sir Lionel Halsey GCMG, GCVO, KCIE, CB (1872-1949), the Prince’s Chief of Staff for the Tour) had always been close and the two cousins shared similar interests and experiences, and Mountbatten would often keep the Prince amused through the constant and sometimes overwhelming onslaught of “dull” engagements. Mountbatten was to write about the Prince, remarking that “I soon realised that under the delightful smile which charmed people everywhere, and despite all the fun that we managed to have, he was a lonely and sad person, always liable to deep depressions.”   He also wrote - “how I wish he wasn’t the Prince of Wales and then it would be so much easier to see lots and lots of him! He is such a marvellous person and I suppose the best friend I have ever had.”

1921 - Death of Mountbatten's Father