Prince Henry of Battenberg

Prince Henry of Battenberg
Prince Henry aged about 27
Prince Henry c. 1885
Born(1858-10-05)5 October 1858
Milan, Lombardy–Venetia, Austrian Empire
Died20 January 1896(1896-01-20) (aged 37)
HMS Blonde, near Sierra Leone
Burial5 February 1896
St. Mildred's Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight
Spouse
Issue
FamilyBattenberg
FatherPrince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine
MotherCountess Julia Hauke
OccupationMilitary

Prince Henry Maurice of Battenberg KG PC (5 October 1858 – 20 January 1896) was a morganatic descendant of the Grand Ducal House of Hesse. He became a member of the British royal family by marriage to Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, the youngest child of Queen Victoria. Through his daughter, Victoria Eugenie, who became the queen consort of Spain, Henry is a direct ancestor of current members of the Spanish royal family.

Early life

Henry was born on 5 October 1858 in Milan, Lombardy–Venetia. He was the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, and his wife Countess Julia von Hauke. His father was the third son and fourth child of Grand Duke Ludwig II of Hesse and Wilhelmina of Baden.

His parents' marriage was morganatic, as Julia was not considered a proper wife for a prince of a reigning dynasty, being only a countess. As such, at the time of his birth, Henry could not bear his father's title or name, and was styled His Illustrious Highness Count Henry of Battenberg. He was known as 'Liko' to his family. When his mother was raised to Princess von Battenberg and given the higher style of Her Serene Highness by Alexander's older brother, Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse, Henry and his siblings shared in their mother's new rank. He became His Serene Highness Prince Henry of Battenberg, although he remained ineligible to inherit the throne of Hesse or to receive a civil list stipend.

Prince Henry received a military education and took up a commission as a lieutenant in the 1st Regiment of the Rhenish Hussars in the Prussian Army. He served in the Prussian Garde du Corps and was also Honorary Colonel of the 1st Infantry Regiment of Bulgaria,[1] where his brother Alexander was Prince.

Marriage

Because of their close relationship to the Grand Ducal House of Hesse, the Battenbergs came into close contact with various ruling families of Europe, including the British Royal House. Henry's elder brother, Prince Louis of Battenberg, had married Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, his first cousin once-removed and a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, Empress of India. In 1884, Prince Henry became engaged to Princess Beatrice, the fifth daughter and the youngest child of Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince Consort. Queen Victoria agreed to the marriage on the condition that the couple should make their home with her. The Queen-Empress formally gave her consent to the marriage at a meeting of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council on 27 January 1885.[2]

On 22 July 1885, the Queen made Prince Henry a Knight of the Garter, and granted him the style Royal Highness to give him equal rank with his wife.[3] This style took effect in the United Kingdom, but not in the German Empire (where the Prince was still considered a Serene Highness).[4]

Beatrice and Henry were married at St Mildred's Church at Whippingham, near Osborne,[5] on 23 July 1885.[6][7] On the same day, a bill to naturalise Prince Henry a British subject passed the House of Lords. The couple adopted the style, Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg.

On 22 August 1885 he was made Honorary Colonel of the 5th (Isle of Wight, Princess Beatrice's) Volunteer Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment,[8] In early 1886 it was announced in The Times that he would be made a captain in the 1st Life Guards, but the Secretary of State for War denied knowledge of this in the House of Commons and the appointment did not take place.[9]

Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg had four children. By Royal Warrant of 13 December 1886, the Queen granted their children the style Highness.[10] This style took immediate effect in the United Kingdom and elsewhere except within the German Empire, where, as Princes and Princesses of Battenberg, they were only entitled to the style Serene Highness.[4]

Later life and death

Tomb of Prince Henry and Princess Beatrice in St Mildred's Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight

In 1889 Prince Henry was made Governor of Carisbrooke Castle and Captain-General and Governor of the Isle of Wight.[11] He was made Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army on 21 June 1887,[12][13] Colonel on 22 February 1893[14] and appointed to the Privy Council on 20 November 1894.[15]

In November 1895, Prince Henry persuaded Queen Victoria to allow him to go to West Africa to fight in the Ashanti War. He served as the military secretary to the commander-in-chief of British forces, General Sir Francis Scott. He contracted malaria when the expedition reached Prahsu, about 30 miles (50 km) from Kumasi, and subsequently died aboard the cruiser HMS Blonde stationed off the coast of Sierra Leone. His body was repatriated by the cruiser HMS Blenheim from the Canary Islands and his funeral service took place on 5 February 1896, at the same St. Mildred's Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight where he had been married. Interment followed in what became known as the Battenberg Chapel.[16] The remains of his wife, Princess Beatrice, were placed there in August 1945 and those of his eldest son, the Marquess of Carisbrooke, in July 1961.

Beatrice's sister Louise told Sir James Reid of "Prince Henry's attempted relations with her, which she had declined."[17]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 5 October 1858 – 21 December 1858: His Illustrious Highness Count Henry of Battenberg
  • 21 December 1858 – 20 January 1896: His Serene Highness Prince Henry of Battenberg
  • In the UK: 22 July 1885 – 20 January 1896: His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Battenberg

Honours

Arms

Coat of arms of Prince Henry of Battenberg

Issue

ImageNameBirthDeathNotes
Alexander of Battenberg, Marquess of Carisbrooke.jpgPrince Alexander of Battenberg
later
Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke
23 November 188623 February 1960Married, 1917 Irene Denison (4 July 1890 – 16 July 1956); had issue.
Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg05.jpgPrincess Victoria Eugénie of Battenberg24 October 188715 April 1969Married, 1906, Alfonso XIII of Spain (17 May 1886 – 28 February 1941); had issue.
Prince Leopod Mountbatten 05363v.jpgPrince Leopold of Battenberg
later
Lord Leopold Mountbatten
21 May 188923 April 1922Suffered from haemophilia; died unmarried and without issue during a knee operation.
1891 Maurice-04.JPGPrince Maurice of Battenberg3 October 189127 October 1914Killed in action during World War I.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ "No. 26712". The London Gazette. 17 February 1896. p. 955.
  2. ^ "No. 25436". The London Gazette. 27 January 1885. p. 357.
  3. ^ "No. 25493". The London Gazette. 24 July 1885. p. 3425.
  4. ^ a b Dennison, M., The Last Princess, p.150
  5. ^ Beatrice and her siblings were confirmed here
  6. ^ Purdue (2004). "Beatrice, Princess; Battenberg, Prince Henry of". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30658. Retrieved 8 November 2007. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ "No. 25495". The London Gazette. 28 July 1885. p. 3529.
  8. ^ "No. 25503". The London Gazette. 21 August 1885. p. 3948.
  9. ^ "Army Prince Henry of Battenberg (1886)". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 26 February 1886. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  10. ^ "No. 25655". The London Gazette. 14 December 1886. p. 6305.
  11. ^ Dennison, M., The Last Princess, p.182-183
  12. ^ "No. 25712". The London Gazette. 21 June 1887. p. 3366.
  13. ^ "No. 25773". The London Gazette. 5 January 1888. p. 223.
  14. ^ "No. 26374". The London Gazette. 21 February 1893. p. 946.
  15. ^ a b "No. 26573". The London Gazette. 23 November 1894. p. 6625.
  16. ^ "No. 26712". The London Gazette. 17 February 1896. p. 953.
  17. ^ Stamp, Robert (1 May 1988). Royal rebels: Princess Louise & the Marquis of Lorne. Dundurn Press. ISBN 9781550020397.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Genealogy", Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Großherzogtum Hessen (in German), Darmstadt: Im Verlag der Invalidenanstalt, 1896, p. 5 – via hathitrust.org
  19. ^ a b Großherzoglich Hessische Ordensliste (in German), Darmstadt: Staatsverlag, 1894, pp. 5, 36 – via hathitrust.org
  20. ^ Shaw, Wm. A. (1906) The Knights of England, I, London, p. 67

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This is an image of Prince Maurice Victor Donald von Battenberg taken in 1891. He is seen here wearing the neck badge of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

It is believed that its age puts it into the public domain.

The photograph of Prince Maurice could not have been taken in 1891. His birth year is 1891. I do not know the exact year the photo was taken but it must have been in the early 20th century since he died in 1914 during the Great War. Britishgirl
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Prince Alexander of Battenberg, later 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke, eldest son of Princess Beatrice
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Lord Mountbatten (Prince Leopold of Battenberg) seated