The Info List - Prince Maurice Of Battenberg

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Prince Maurice of Battenberg, KCVO, (Maurice Victor Donald; 3 October 1891 – 27 October 1914) was a member of the Hessian princely Battenberg family and the extended British Royal Family, the youngest grandchild of Queen Victoria. He was known as Prince Maurice of Battenberg throughout his life, since he died before the British Royal Family relinquished their German titles during World War I and the Battenbergs changed their name to Mountbatten.


1 Early life 2 Later life 3 Titles, styles, honours and arms

3.1 Titles and styles 3.2 Honours

4 Gallery 5 Ancestry 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Prince Maurice was born on 3 October 1891. He was given the name Maurice after his father Prince Henry of Battenberg and the great-grandfather, Count Maurice von Hauke, Victor after his grandmother the Queen, and Donald in honour of Scotland, as he was born at Balmoral Castle. His father was Prince Henry of Battenberg, the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and Julie Therese née Countess of Hauke. His mother was Princess Henry of Battenberg (née The Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom), the fifth daughter and the youngest child of Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince Consort. As he was the child of a morganatic marriage, Prince Henry of Battenberg took his style of Prince of Battenberg from his mother, Countess Julia Hauke who was created Princess of Battenberg in her own right. As such, Maurice was styled as His Serene Highness Prince Maurice of Battenberg from birth. In the United Kingdom, he was styled His Highness Prince Maurice of Battenberg under a Royal Warrant passed by Queen Victoria in 1886.[1] He was baptised in the Drawing Room at Balmoral on 31 October 1891. His godparents were the Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn (represented by Queen Victoria), the Princess of Leiningen (represented by Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein), the Duke of Clarence and Avondale (represented by Sir Henry Ponsonby), Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg (represented by Sir Fleetwood Edwards) and the Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse.[2] The youngest of his four siblings, Maurice most resembled his father, who died when the Prince was only four, the same age his mother was when her own father died. He was his mother's favourite out of his brothers. He was educated at Lockers Park Prep School in Hertfordshire.[3] His elder sister Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, married Alfonso XIII of Spain and was Queen Consort of Spain between 1906 and 1931. Later life[edit] Maurice attended Wellington College and was a member of Benson House. Prince Maurice was made a Freemason in the Old Wellingtonian Lodge No. 3404 (the Lodge of the Old Wellingtonians) on 21 June 1912 and was installed Master of the Twelve Brothers Lodge, No. 785 Southampton on 22 April 1914.[4] The Prince served in World War I as a lieutenant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, and was killed in service in the Ypres Salient in 1914. He is buried in Ypres Town Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.[5] The gravestone bears the following inscription: GRANT HIM WITH ALL THY FAITHFUL SERVANTS A PLACE OF REFRESHMENT AND PEACE.[5] A memorial tablet to him and his brother Leopold is in Winchester Cathedral.[6] Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit] Titles and styles[edit]

His Highness Prince Maurice of Battenberg


KCVO: Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order[7]


Prince Maurice of Battenberg circa 1900-1905

Coat of Arms of Prince Maurice of Battenberg

Grave of Prince Maurice of Battenberg in Ypres, Belgium.

Winchester Cathedral, memorial to Prince Maurice and his brother Leopold


Ancestors of Prince Maurice of Battenberg

16. Louis I, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine

8. Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine

17. Landgravine Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt

4. Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine

18. Charles Louis, Hereditary Prince of Baden

9. Princess Wilhelmine of Baden

19. Landgravine Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt

2. Prince Henry of Battenberg

20. Friedrich Carl Emanuel Hauke

10. Count John Maurice Hauke

21. Maria Salomé Schweppenhäuser

5. Countess Julia Hauke

22. Franz Leopold Lafontaine

11. Sophie Lafontaine

23. Maria Theresia von Kornély

1. Prince Maurice of Battenberg

24. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

12. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

25. Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf

6. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

26. Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

13. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

27. Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

3. Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom

28. George III of the United Kingdom

14. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

29. Duchess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

7. Victoria of the United Kingdom

30. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (= 24)

15. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

31. Countess Augusta of Reuss-Ebersdorf (= 25)


^ "No. 25655". The London Gazette. 14 December 1886. p. 6305.  ^ Queen Victoria's Journals - Saturday 31st October 1891 ^ "Artist celebrates old boys with exhibition". Hemel Today. Retrieved 30 July 2017.  ^ "Lieutenant H.H. Prince Maurice Victor Donald of Battenberg, KCVO". Masonic Great War Project. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2017.  ^ a b "Casualty Details: Battenberg, Prince Maurice Victor Donald". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 25 January 2018.  ^ "PRINCE M V D BATTENBERG". War Memorials Register. Imperial War Museums. Retrieved 25 January 2018.  ^ "No. 28505". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 June 1911. p. 4595. 

External links[edit]

A Royal Sacrifice, Lucinda Gosling Prince Maurice and Prince Leopold of Battenberg: Heroism and Haemophilia in World War I (History Answers)

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Battenberg / Mountbatten family

Generations are numbered by their descent from Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine and Julia, Princess of Battenberg

1st generation

Princess Marie Prince Louis Prince Alexander Prince Henry Prince Francis Joseph

2nd generation

Princess Alice Princess Louise Prince George Prince Louis Prince Alexander Princess Victoria Eugenie Prince Leopold Prince Maurice

3rd generation

Prince Philip* Tatiana David Patricia Pamela Iris

4th generation

George Ivar

5th generation

Tatiana Henry Ella Alexandra Louise

*Not Mountbatten or Battenberg by birth. Adopted the surname Mountbatten from his maternal line on abandoning his patrilineal Greek and Danis