English School, 1891 Prince Leopold Battenberg, later Lord Mountbatten GCVO (1889-1922), aged two, wearing white dress with lace to his sleeves and bodice, his blond hair cut short
Lot 187
English School
1891
Prince Leopold Battenberg, later Lord Mountbatten GCVO (1889-1922), aged two, wearing white dress with lace to his sleeves and bodice, his blond hair cut short
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,154) inc. premium

Lot Details
English School, 1891
Prince Leopold Battenberg, later Lord Mountbatten GCVO (1889-1922), aged two, wearing white dress with lace to his sleeves and bodice, his blond hair cut short.
Painted on porcelain, the reverse inscribed Prince Leopold 2nd Son/ of Prince & Princess Henry/ of Battenberg, Princess Beatrice/ aged 2 years & 3 months 1891, gilt-metal frame with pierced ribbon cresting.
Oval, 84mm (3 5/16in) high

Footnotes

  • Lord Leopold Arthur Louis Mountbatten's mother was Princess Beatrice, the fifth daughter and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. His father, Prince Henry of Battenberg was the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and Julia Therese Hauke. Julia was considered to be of insufficient rank to have any of her children qualify for the succession to the throne of Hesse-Darmstadt and thus the marriage was considered morganatic. Julia's brother-in-law, Grand Duke Ludwig III of Hesse-Darmstadt, however created Julia, Countess of Battenberg in 1851 and so her grandson was known as Prince Leopold Battenberg from his birth until 1917, when anti-German feeling led George V to renounce all Germanic titles within the British Royal Family.

    Like his cousin, Prince Louis of Battenberg who became 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979), Leopold renounced his title and became Sir Leopold Mountbatten, by virtue of him being a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. Under a further Royal Warrant in September 1917 he was granted the style and precedence of the younger son of a Marquess, and became Lord Mountbatten.

    Lord Leopold was a haemophiliac, a condition he inherited from his mother. He died at the age of just thirty-two, during a hip operation.
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