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Arms: Quarterly: First and fourth: Azure a lion rampant queue fourchée barry Argent and Gules within a bordure compony Argent and Gules;
( for Hesse )
Second and third Argent two pallets Sable; ( for Battenberg )
Overall, at the honour point: an escutcheon quarterly:
First and fourth: Gules three lions passant gardant in pale Or,
Second: Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counter flory Gules,
Third Azure a harp Or stringed Argent,
Overall, for difference a label of three points Argent charged on its centre point with a rose Gules and on each outer point an ermine spot Sable;
( for Princess Alice, Mountbatten’s grandmother )
Overall: In chief for difference a crescent Sable
( Lord Mountbatten of Burma was the second son of the Marquess of Milford Haven, but seems not to have differenced his arms by the addition of a crescent.. [ Sir Winston Churchill did the same, but the heralds did not press the point, and his Garter banner was of the arms of the Duke of Marlborough, his near kinsman. ] However, it is corrected here with a crescent Sable. )

SOURCES, NOTES & CREDITS: Illustration for background: Plate IC opposite page 48, “Armorial” by Archbishop Bruno B. Heim, Van Duren, Gerrards Cross, England, 1981; Text for blazon is from the Wikipedia Article. Biographical information from “Mountbatten” by Richard Hough, Random House, 1981, NYC and the Wikipedia article.

Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, DSO, PC, FRS. (born Prince Louis of Battenberg); born on 25 June 1900 he was a Royal Navy officer and statesman, an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. During the Second World War, he was Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943–1946). He was the last Viceroy of India (1947) and the first governor-general of independent India (1947–1948).

From 1954 to 1959, Mountbatten was First Sea Lord, a position that had been held by his father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, some forty years earlier. Thereafter he served as chief of the Defence Staff until 1965, making him the longest-serving professional head of the British Armed Forces to date. During this period Mountbatten also served as chairman of the NATO Military Committee for a year.

On 27 Aug 1979, at age 79, Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by a bomb that was hidden aboard his fishing boat in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland, by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

The artwork is an interpretation by John Hamilton Gaylor

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