Her Majesty “put pressure” on the UK Government to make a decision that would shape the future of the Royal Family in a permanent way. Tonight on Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour & Crown the moment in UK Royal Family history was explored by royal experts and journalists.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, claimed in the documentary: “Lord Mountbatten was at dinner one night and he declared that the House of Mountbatten would reign, rather than the House of Windsor.”
Lord Mountbatten was the uncle of Prince Phillip and a second cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
He was a hugely influential statesman and an admiral.
However, the conversation got back to the Queen’s grandmother, Mary of Teck.
“Queen Mary got to hear of this and was absolutely furious,” Ingrid said.
Journalist Penny Junor added: “The idea that the Queen’s children should be named Mountbatten absolutely appalled her.”
The Duke of Edinburgh is said to have famously complained: “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children.”
Later, after the resignation of Winston Churchill and the death of Queen Mary, the Queen was able to make an allowance for Philip.
Since, it has been the convention that male-line descendants who do not carry royal titles will have the last name Mountbatten-Winsor.
A recent example is the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Archie, whose full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.