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1953 - Coronation Year

On 6th February 1952 it was announced that Mountbatten’s cousin - King George VI (1895(1936-1952) had died in his sleep at Sandringham House, the King’s country home in Norfolk.  He was just 56yrs old. After a period of laying-in-state in Westminster Hall, his funeral took place on 15th February 1952 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Mountbatten attended the funeral and as the late King’s personal Personal Aide-de-Camp (ADC(P)) he walked beside the King’s coffin, in the same way his father had done for Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901) and King Edward VII (1841(1901-1910).


Mountbatten with Edwina

(now The Earl

& Countess Mountbatten of Burma)

in Coronation robes 1953

With the death of King George VI (1895(1936-1952) in 1952, it meant that Mountbatten’s connections to the reigning Sovereign increased.  Already a cousin of the late King and related to most of the Royal Houses of Europe, he was now uncle to the husband of Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ).  His nephew was Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark (now Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) (b.1921) - who in 1947 prior to his marriage, became a naturalised British subject and adopted MOUNTBATTEN as his family name. Mountbatten in his usual “tour de force” manner began to brag that the ruling House was no longer Windsor, but that of “Mountbatten” and it is alleged that tales of Mountbatten’s views were reported back to the aged Queen Dowager - Queen Mary (1867-1953), whose husband King George V (1865(1910-1936) had founded the House of Windsor in 1917. Perhaps his ambitious aims of greatness was just pride, but some saw it power crazed - either way, it forced Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ) to speak to her Prime Minister, The Rt Hon. Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA (1874-1965) - who had returned to office following the General Election in October 1951.  

On 9th April 1952, in one of her first official announcements, the new Queen declared her “Will and Pleasure that I and My children shall be styled and known as the House and Family of Windsor, and that my descendants who marry and their descendants, shall bear the name of Windsor”. Mountbatten’s hopes that the reigning Royal House would bear his family name had been thwarted.Mountbatten returned to the Mediterranean to serve as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Fleet and from June 1952 as NATO Commander Allied Forces Mediterranean and was promoted to the substantive rank of full Admiral on 27th February 1953.   On 10th March 1953, he was appointed Personal Aide-de-Camp to his second cousin once removed - Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ) and both Mountbatten and Edwina were in the procession at the Coronation on 2nd June 1953. Mountbatten relished this opportunity to “dress up” with as many orders and decorations as possible to add to the colour and pageantry the Coronation offered.

1955 - 1960


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