On 9 July 1947, the engagement between Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten was announced. From Buckingham Palace came the announcement, “It is with the greatest pleasure that the King and Queen announce the betrothal of their dearly beloved daughter the Princess Elizabeth, to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, RN.” They were married on 20 November 1947, and [read more]
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will be broadcast on BBC One on 22 September 2021 at 9 P.M GMT.
The name Mountbatten was the anglicised name that the Battenberg family in England took during the First World War. But who were the Battenbergs to begin with? The name was created for Julia von Hauke, who became Countess and then Princess of Battenberg. Julia was the great-grandmother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Julia von [read more]
Read part one here. On 9 October 1937, Cecilie’s father-in-law died at the age of 68. On 12 October, Cecilie was joined by both her mother and grandmother for the funeral. There was a strong Nazi presence at the funeral, and both Cecilie and her husband had joined the Nazi party on 1 May 1937 [read more]
Read part six here. Alice’s wish to found a sisterhood had begun to form long ago and was inspired by her aunt Elizabeth. She was given a piece of land on Tinos by the Church of the Virgin and on 17 July 1948, she ‘withdrew from the world’ and wrote to Philip, “I think I [read more]
Read part three here. In early 1923, Alice, Andrew, his younger brother Christopher and his American-born wife Anastasia (born Nonie May Stewart) arrived in the United States for a much-needed two-month holiday. During their journey, they learned that King Constantine had died suddenly of heart failure – he was still only 54 years old. Alice [read more]