Battenberg family


The Battenberg family was formally a morganatic branch of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt, rulers of the Grand Duchy of Hesse in Germany The first member was Julia Hauke, whose brother-in-law Grand Duke Louis III of Hesse created her Countess of Battenberg with the style Illustrious Highness H IllH in 1851, at her morganatic marriage to Grand Duke Louis' brother Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, and elevated her title to Princess of Battenberg with the style Serene Highness HSH in 1858 The name "Battenberg" was last used by her youngest son, Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg, who died childless in 1924 Most members of the family, residing in the United Kingdom, had renounced their German titles in 1917, due to rising anti-German sentiment among the British public during World War I, and changed their name to "Mountbatten", an anglicised version of Battenberg The name Battenberg refers to the town Battenberg, Hesse

Contents

  • 1 Creation
  • 2 Members
  • 3 Relations to royal families
  • 4 Coats of Arms
  • 5 External links

Creationedit

Prince Alexander 1823–1888 was the third son of Grand Duke Louis II of Hesse and by Rhine and of Wilhelmina of Baden, yet it was openly rumoured his biological father was actually Baron Augustus de Senarclens, his mother's chamberlain His spouse, Julia Hauke 1825–1895, was a mere countess – the orphaned daughter of John Maurice von Hauke, a Polish nobleman who had been a general in the Russian army and then Deputy Minister of War of Congress Poland – and therefore of insufficient rank for her children to qualify for the succession to the throne of the Grand Duchy of Hesse For this reason, her brother-in-law Grand Duke Louis III created the title of Countess of Battenberg German: Gräfin von Battenberg for her and for the couple's descendants a previous family of counts of Battenberg had become extinct in the 14th century In 1858, the title, which referred to the town of Battenberg, Hesse, was elevated to princely status There was never a corresponding Principality of Battenberg; the title was a non-sovereign one in the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Hesse

The children of this union bore the title of Prince German: Prinz or Princess German: Prinzessin and the style Serene Highness German: Durchlaucht Battenberg thus became the name of a morganatic cadet branch of the Grand Ducal family of Hesse, without right of succession

Membersedit

  • Princess Julia of Battenberg 1825–1895
    • Princess Marie of Battenberg 1852–1923, married the Prince of Erbach-Schönberg in 1871
    • Prince Louis of Battenberg 1854–1921, renounced his title in 1917 to become Marquess of Milford Haven — married Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, daughter of Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and Alice of the United Kingdom
      • Princess Alice of Battenberg 1885–1969, married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903
      • Princess Louise of Battenberg 1889–1965, renounced her title in 1917 to become Lady Louise Mountbatten, married the future Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden in 1923
      • Prince George of Battenberg 1892–1938, renounced his title in 1917 to become Earl of Medina later Marquess of Milford Haven
      • Prince Louis of Battenberg 1900–1979, renounced his title in 1917 to become Lord Louis Mountbatten later Earl Mountbatten of Burma
    • Prince Alexander of Battenberg 1857–1893, became Prince of Bulgaria in 1879 later Count of Hartenau
      • Asen of Hartenau 1890–1965
      • Tsvetana of Hartenau 1893–1935
    • Prince Henry of Battenberg 1858–1896 — married Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
      • Prince Alexander of Battenberg 1886–1960, renounced his title in 1917 to become Marquess of Carisbrooke
      • Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg 1887–1969, married Alfonso XIII of Spain in 1906
      • Prince Leopold of Battenberg 1889–1922, renounced his title in 1917 to become Lord Leopold Mountbatten
      • Prince Maurice of Battenberg 1891–1914
    • Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg 1861–1924, married Princess Anna of Montenegro

Relations to royal familiesedit

One of the original couple's sons, Prince Alexander of Battenberg, was made Sovereign Prince of Bulgaria; he was later forced to abdicate

Another son, Prince Henry of Battenberg, married Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria; their daughter, Victoria Eugenia Julia Ena, became queen consort of Spain Her uncle Edward VII elevated her style to Royal Highness, so that she would have the necessary status to marry into the Spanish royal house

Alexander and Julia's eldest son, Prince Louis of Battenberg, became the First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy Due to anti-German feelings prevalent in Britain during World War I, he anglicised his name to Mountbatten, as did his children and nephews, the sons of Prince Henry and Princess Beatrice They renounced all German titles and were granted peerages by their cousin, George V: Prince Louis became the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, while Prince Alexander, Prince Henry's eldest son, became the 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke

Prince Louis's second daughter Princess Louise of Battenberg become Queen Consort of Sweden as she married Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden in 1923 and his younger son Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma served as the last Viceroy of India Prince Louis's elder daughter, Princess Alice of Battenberg, married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark; their son, Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark now Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, married the heir presumptive of the British throne, later Elizabeth II, after having renounced his Greek titles and taken his maternal grandfather's and uncle's surname, Mountbatten The name Battenberg, in its anglicised form, is now a part of the personal surname, Mountbatten-Windsor, of some members of the British Royal Family Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg married Princess Anna of Montenegro, sister of Queen Elena of Italy and a maternal aunt of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

Coats of Armsedit

Besides those depicted above;


External linksedit

  • Tribute & Memorial web-site to Louis, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
Royal House House of Battenberg Cadet branch of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt
Preceded by
House of Shishman
Ruling House of Bulgaria
1879–1886
Succeeded by
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha


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