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 Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven  

On return to England from the Royal Tour of Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales - subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later The Duke of Windsor , Louis' youngest son - Mountbatten, was able to return to active service and was assigned to command HMS Repulse during the State of Emergency caused by the miner’s strike. Louis joined his son for an impromptu 'cruise' from Sheerness up to Invergordon and clearly loved every minute on-board.  Louis had last set foot on a Dreadnought ten years before the trip to Invergordon, however he subsequently caught a chill, but despite showing signs of recovery, the Marquess took to his bed with lumbago at the Naval & Military Club, 42 Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, London and died alone after a heart attack on 11th September 1921.

 

The Naval & Military Club (The "In and Out" Club), Piccadilly, London

Mountbatten received news of his father’s death by telegram and was deeply affected by his father’s death and immediately burst into tears.  He said - “I loved him deeply, and it was the most terrible shock.” Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales - subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later The Duke of Windsor said to him at the time - “how lucky you are to have had such a marvellous father!  If I heard my father had died I wouldn’t be able to conceal my delight.”   After a funeral service at Westminster Abbey, Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven was buried at St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham, on the Isle of Wight - the church frequented by Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901) whilst in residence at Osborne House and which also houses the resting place of many of the Battenberg/Mountbatten family within the Battenberg/Mountbatten chapel.

 

Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven

(Prince Louis of Battenberg)

 

The Order of Service for the funeral of

Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven

(Prince Louis of Battenberg)

at Westminster Abbey

ABOVE: Louis' widow - Victoria,

The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven

(Princess Victoria of Hesse & By the Rhine)

 

LEFT: The joint grave of Mountbatten's parents -

Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven

(Prince Louis of Battenberg)

& Victoria, Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven

at St Mildred's Church, Whippingham

 on the Isle of Wight

 

Louis' widow - Victoria, The Marchioness of Milford Haven wrote to Queen Mary (1867-1953), Queen Consort of King George V (1865(1910-1936) - "it has all been so sudden that I can hardly quite realise it yet, but I am very very grateful that my dear Louis’s life - a happy one as men’s go, ended so quickly and quietly, without time for worry, anxiety or sorrow.  He felt a very real affection for you and your children and quite especially George, whom he had known so well in the old days in the Navy, and was always in the full sense of the words ‘at all your service.’"

In the Autumn of 1950, Mountbatten’s mother who was styled from 1921 The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven was taken ill at Broadlands.  She had been born a Princess of Hesse & By the Rhine with the style of Grand Ducal Highness and had been the favourite grand-daughter of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901) and told Mountbatten that she had wanted to return to London as it was “so much better to die at home.”  She died at Kensington Palace, London on 24th September 1950 without seeing her son as First Sea Lord, but despite this she had seen him back in the Royal Navy and rising to the top of the organisation which her late husband had been forced to resign from and saw her grandson marry the eldest daughter and heir presumptive of King George VI (1895(1936-1952) and knowing that their eldest child would in time become King.

At the time of her death in 1950, The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven was the oldest surviving grand-daughter of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901) and notable for being a sister of the last Tsarina of Russia - Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, formerly Princess Alexandra of Hesse & By the Rhine (1872-1918); the mother of Queen Louise of Sweden, formerly Princess Louise of Battenberg (1889-1965) and the great-grandmother of Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) - whose christening was one of the last 'family' events she was photographed at in 1948.  She was buried alongside her husband at St Mildred's Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight.