Tuesday, 12 May 2015

3 : His Serene Highness Leo

Whilst searching through my bound copies of Punch Magazine for a suitable illustration for my News From Nowhere post, I came across this from the 1st of June 1889, which -given a new Royal arrival this week - seems worth posting here. The child featured in the cartoon is Lord Leopold Mountbatten, the son of Prince Henry of Battenberg who, in turn, was the son of Prince Alexander of Hesse. It appears that Queen Victoria issued a Royal Warrant that allowed Leo to be called Prince in addition to His Serene Highness!. All this royal flummery gets terribly boring. Nothing changes.

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