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(băt`ənbûrg), German princely family, issued from the morganatic union of Alexander, a younger son of Louis II, grand duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Countess Julia von Hauke, who was created (1858) princess of Battenberg. Their oldest son, Louis (1854–1921), an admiral in the British navy, married a granddaughter of Queen VictoriaVictoria
(Alexandrina Victoria) , 1819–1901, queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1837–1901) and empress of India (1876–1901). She was the daughter of Edward, duke of Kent (fourth son of George III), and Princess Mary Louise Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
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. During World War I he renounced (1917) his German title and anglicized his name as Mountbatten, whereupon he was created marquess of Milford Haven. His daughter Louise married Gustavus VIGustavus VI
(Gustaf Adolf), 1882–1973, king of Sweden (1950–73), son and successor of Gustavus V. After the death (1920) of his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught, he married (1923) Lady Louise Mountbatten (d. 1965).
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, king of Sweden. Another daughter, Alice, married Prince Andrew of Greece, third son of King George IGeorge I,
1845–1913, king of the Hellenes (1863–1913), second son of Christian IX of Denmark. After the deposition (1862) of Otto I, he was elected to succeed on the throne of Greece.
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 of Greece; their son Philip was created duke of EdinburghEdinburgh, Prince Philip Mountbatten, duke of
, 1921–, consort of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, b. Greece. He was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice, daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg, and a grandson of George I of Greece, great-grandson of
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 and married (1947) Princess Elizabeth of England (later Queen Elizabeth IIElizabeth II,
1926–, queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1952–), elder daughter and successor of George VI, and Britain's longest reigning monarch. At age 18 she was made a State Counsellor, a confidante of the king.
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). Louis Mountbattenwas the son of the 1st marquess of Milford Haven. The second son of Prince Alexander of Hesse-Darmstadt, also named AlexanderAlexander
(Alexander of Battenberg), 1857–93, prince of Bulgaria (1879–86); second son of Prince Alexander of Hesse-Darmstadt and nephew of Alexander II of Russia.
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, was (1879–86) prince of Bulgaria. A third son, Henry, married Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria of England; their daughter, Victoria, married Alfonso XIIIAlfonso XIII,
1886–1941, king of Spain (1886–1931), posthumous son and successor of Alfonso XII. His mother, Maria Christina (1858–1929), was regent until 1902.
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 of Spain.


See A. Hatch, The Mountbattens (1965); E. Spiro, From Battenberg to Mountbatten (1966).


A coarse type of renaissance lace made from linen braid tape and linen thread.
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She crocheted yards of laces for her underwear, and made Battenberg in abundance for her table and for the bureau.
Prince Philip was born in 1921 to Princess Alice of Battenberg and Prince Andrew.
"Change Within, Change the World" by Jane Rigney Battenberg offers the skills for manifesting a life-saving, world-saving agenda-by changing within and changing the world simultaneously.
'Saved by The Brunch' will see diners treated to a dish from the Brunch Menu as well as three cocktails, with options including Solero, Black Jack and Battenberg, all to a soundtrack of 90s classics.
In 1886, when pro-Russian officers staged a coup d'A[c]tat against Prince Alexander Battenberg, Stambolov firmly opposed the move and was instrumental in ousting its organizers.
The 49-year-old last played live in 2012 with Rhod Gilbert and The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo and has since worked on a range of different TV projects.
The 49-year-old last played live in 2012 with Rhod Gilbert and The Flaming Battenberg Tattoo and has since worked on different TV projects, including hosting Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Apprentice: You're Fired, as well as the Bafta Cymru-winning Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience.
Team with Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake (700g) now half price at PS2.75 or Mr Kipling Mini Battenberg Cakes (five) sliced from PS1.60 to PS1 for a teatime treat.
The vehicle has a distinctive black and white Battenberg design.
Graeme and Lorraine Armstrong were stunned to open their Battenberg and find the end nibbled - and immediately complained.