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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.
From the 'You're Simply The Zest' Lemon Slices, 'You're The Apple Of My Pie' Apple Pies and 'There's No One Batter Than You' Mini Battenbergs, all PS1.70, to the 'You Mean The Whirl To Me' Flower Whirls, PS1, they're all very yummy.
On Wednesday it became illegal for fast responders to display strips of yellow and green squares - known as battenbergs - across vehicles they own.
The high visibility pattern, named after the likeness to a battenberg cake, is the livery of NHS ambulances.
Cake-maker Allison Whitmarsh has won a one-year contract to supply Battenbergs, sponges and slices to the forces.
SIR - I would like to thank Leanne Wood AM (ref: Mrs Windsor) for voicing what so many normal intelligent people of this country feel, why in this 21st century do we need to pay a dysfunctional family called the Windsors or the Mountbattens or the Battenbergs or whatever alias they wish to use, 'to reign over us' or should that be 'golden rain over us', (ref: Miss Whip Lash).
Why in this 21st Century do we need to pay a dysfunctional family called the Windsors, or the Mountbattens, or the Battenbergs, or whatever alias they wish to use, 'to reign over us".
A redesign on Easter Bakewells, and Orange and Lemon Mini Battenbergs has also been introduced with a contemporary egg design to maximise shelf stand-out.
Her Huddersfield-based bakery, y ProperMaid, has landed a one-year contract to supply its Battenbergs, sponges and slices to the NAAFI - the Navya , y Army and Air Force Institute, which brings the best of British food to the forces.
This means serving soldiers in Germanyn and Northern Ireland are now being offerf ed ProperMaid's Cake of the Month - currently a mouth-watering orange and almond Battenberg.
The Battenbergs changed their name to Mountbatten at the start of the First World War to counter anti-German feeling.
Battenberg III, chairman of Delphi, and his wife, Luann Battenberg.