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 The Mountbatten Name

 Mountbatten’s mother - Princess Victoria, now The Marchioness of Milford Haven, who had been born a Princess in her own right, was unhappy at her 'demotion' and was worried about the future of the Battenberg’s children loosing their own status.  She commented to Mrs Nona Kerr Crichton (1875-1960), her Lady-in-Waiting - "I shall quite understand if the Peerage takes it as no compliment, our being foisted into it - personally I say the honest truth in telling you I would prefer to be a 'citoyenne' and beholden to nobody, but we are the passing generation and must look ahead for the position of our descendants." However she was to comment later how her youngest son (Mountbatten) felt - “Dickie treated our change of names etc. as a huge joke and laughed uproariously…  of course Dickie had to ask me hundreds of questions about Peers and their positions and families, and whether he and Louise could marry whoever they like without the King interfering and whether his sons would be plain Mr or Honourable”. 


Cartoons satirising King George V following the change of the Royal House to "Windsor"

and The King "sweeping away" his family's German titles 

It was not until Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark, later Prince Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) - Mountbatten’s nephew, applied to be a naturalised British subject in 1947, that the name of Mountbatten came to prominence once again.  It was suggested to him by the then Home Secretary - The Rt Hon. Chuter Ede, later Lord Chuter-Ede (1882-1965) that his maternal family name of Mountbatten be used as his own surname rather than an Anglicised version of his own paternal Greek and Danish family name upon his renouncing his own Royal titles.  On 18th March 1947, the official simple announcement was made in the London Gazette confirming his new surname - 

18th March 1947

Mountbatten, Philip; Greece; Serving Officer in His Majesty’s Forces, 16 Chester Street, London, SW1.  


The original arms granted in 1947

to The 1st Duke of Edinburgh

As men are not permitted to bear the arms of their wife, the new Duke of Edinburgh was granted arms that represented his birth as a Prince of Greece & Denmark and as a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901).  However, in 1949 these arms were deemed "unsuitable" and new arms were granted to reflect and include his Mountbatten lineage. 

Mountbatten's nephew subsequently became styled Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten and with his marriage in November 1947 to The Princess Elizabeth, Heiress Presumptive of King George VI (1895(1936-1952) who later succeeded as Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ), it meant that the Mountbatten name has become forever linked to the Throne of the United Kingdom.  On the morning of his marriage, Philip Mountbatten was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth & Baron Greenwich with the qualification of Royal Highness.



Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II)

& Lt Philip Mountbatten (1st Duke of Edinburgh)

following their marriage in November 1947


The full achievement of arms of Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh (from 1949) - 

First Or, semée of hearts Gules, three lions passant in pale Azure (Denmark), Second Azure, a cross Argent (Greece), Third Argent, two pallets Sable (Mountbatten), Fourth Argent, upon a rock Proper a castle triple towered Sable, masoned Argent, windows, port, turret-caps and vanes Gules (Edinburgh)

In Honour Bound

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