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Prince Alfred, duke of Edinburgh (1844–1900) by Abel Lewis, c. 1875–80 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alfred, Prince, duke of Edinburgh (1844–1900), duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, naval officer, and son of Queen Victoria, was born Alfred Ernest Albert at Windsor Castle on 6 August 1844, the second son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. An extroverted child, his capacity for learning delighted his parents. They feared that the comparative academic weakness of his elder brother ...

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George, Prince, first duke of Kent (1902–1942), naval and air force officer, was born George Edward Alexander Edmund at York Cottage, Sandringham, on 20 December 1902, the fifth child and fourth son of George V (1865–1936) and Queen Mary (1867–1953). After several years (1912–16) at ...

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Prince George, first duke of Kent (1902–1942) by Dorothy Wilding, 1934 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mountbatten, George Louis Victor Henry Sergius, second marquess of Milford Haven (1892–1938), naval officer and businessman, was born at Darmstadt on 6 November 1892 as Prince George of Battenberg, third child and elder son of Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg (1854–1921), later Louis Mountbatten, ...

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Mountbatten, Louis Alexander, first marquess of Milford Haven [formerly Prince Louis of Battenberg] (1854–1921), naval officer, was the eldest son of Prince Alexander of Hesse and his morganatic wife, Countess Julia Theresa von Haucke. He was born Ludwig Alexander at Graz, Austria...

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Mountbatten, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, first Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979), naval officer and viceroy of India, was born at Frogmore House, Windsor, on 25 June 1900 as Prince Louis of Battenberg, the younger son and the youngest of the four children of ...

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Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, first Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900–1979) by Yousuf Karsh, 1943 © Karsh / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London