Battenberg Heinrich Moritz




German prince from the Battenberg family.

Born in Milan. He was the nephew of the wife of Russian Emperor Alexander II, Maria Alexandrovna. He received a military education and became a lieutenant of the first Rhine hussar regiment in the Prussian army.

In 1884, in the Church of St. Mildred on White Isle, Henry became engaged to Princess Beatrice (1857–1944), the youngest daughter of English Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The queen approved their marriage on condition that the couple stay in the UK.

On the wedding day, the queen honored Henry with the title of His Royal Highness. This title was valid in Great Britain, but not in the duchy of Hesse, where Your Highness addressed Henry. On the same day, Heinrich was recognized as a British subject and was given a place in the House of Lords. The Queen also handed the Order of the Garter to her son-in-law and appointed a member of the Privy Council of Britain. Heinrich became a colonel in the British army, as well as the commandant of Carisbrooke Castle and governor of the Isle of Wight.

In November 1895, Queen Victoria allowed Heinrich to go to West Africa to participate in the Anglo-Ashanthian war. He served as military secretary to the commander-in-chief of the British forces, General Francis Scott. The prince fell ill with malaria when the expedition reached Prachs about 30 miles from Kumasi, and subsequently died on board the cruiser Blond, standing off the coast of Sierra Leone. His body was taken out by the Blenheim cruiser.

Awarded the Order of the Garter - the highest knightly order of Great Britain.


Chapel Battenberg


Buried in St. Mildred's Church,  White Island, later known as the chapel of Battenberg, buried his wife there.

Cape in the north of the island of George Land Archipelago Franz Josef Land. March 28, 1895 opened and called F. Jackson - "... in honor of the prince who devoted his life to Great Britain, the country that adopted him".


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