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House of Hessen-Battenberg
AD 1888 - 1917

A junior branch of the family with no political power. Alexander, son of Ludwig II of Hessen-Darmstadt, concluded a morganatic marriage with Julia Hauke, thereafter know as Princess Julia of Battenberg, and was effectively barred from acceding to Darmstadt's title. As the daughter of John Maurice Hauke, a high ranking officer of German origin in the army of Congress Poland, Julia was not considered worthy of the lineage of Hesse, so this special title was created for her and her descendants.

Alexander of Hesse

Son of Ludwig II. m Julia Hauke. Died 1888.

1888 - 1917

Prince Louis Alexander


Prince Alexander

Brother. Prince of Bulgaria (1879-1886). Died 1893.


At the request of George V of England, Louis Alexander alters the family name from Battenberg to the Anglicised Mountbatten, and the German title of Hessen-Battenberg is relinquished in favour of the English title of marquess of Milford Haven. Prince Louis also gains the titles earl of Medina and viscount Alderney.

Mountbatten Marquesses of Milford Haven
AD 1917 - Present Day

The First World War wrought great changes on German society as a whole, and also on the Hessen-Battenbergs. The serving prince, Louis Alexander, was resident in England at the time. When in 1917 King George V severed all familial links with his Teutonic cousins, Louis had to do the same, changing the family name from Battenberg to Mountbatten. In place of his German title, he became the marquess of Milford Haven, while his younger brother, Louis Francis, later became Earl Mountbatten of Burma. With two major titles in the family, seniority remained with the marquesses of Milford Haven (shown normally below), while the earls of Burma are shown in green text, and other siblings are shown with a shaded background.

1917 - 1921

Louis Alexander Mountbatten

Altered Hessen-Battenberg to Mountbatten. First Sea Lord.


Hesse is proclaimed a republic.


Alice Mountbatten

Dau. m Andrew of Greece, brother of Constantine I (1913-1922).

1921 - 1938

George Mountbatten

Son of Louis Alexander. 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven.

1938 - 1970

David Mountbatten

Son. 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven.

1946 - 1979

Louis Francis Mountbatten

Brother of Louis. 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Viceroy of India.


Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark

Son of Alice. m Elizabeth II of England.

1970 - Present

George Ivar Louis Mountbatten

Son of David. 4th Marquess of Milford Haven.

1979 - Present

Countess Patricia Edwina Victoria

Dau of Louis Francis. 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.