David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven

The Marquess of Milford Haven

Born David Michael Mountbatten
(1919-05-12)12 May 1919
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 14 April 1970(1970-04-14) (aged 50)
London, England
Spouse(s) Romaine née Dahlgren Pierce (m. 1950; div. 1954)
Janet Mercedes née Bryce (m. 1960)
Issue George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven
Lord Ivar Mountbatten
Parents George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven
Countess Nadejda de Torby

David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, OBE, DSC (12 May 1919 – 14 April 1970), styled Viscount Alderney before 1921 and Earl of Medina between 1921 and 1938, was the son of the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven and Countess Nadejda de Torby.


Early years and education

Mountbatten was born in 1919.[1] He was the only son of George Mountbatten and Russian Countess Nadejda (Nada) Torby who wed in 1916.[1] His paternal grandparents were Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine.[1] Therefore, he was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.[2] His maternal grandparents were Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich Romanov and Sophie of Merenberg. He is also a descendant of the Russian writer Aleksandr Pushkin as well as Peter the Great's African protégé, General Abram Petrovich Gannibal.

He grew up at the family home in Holyport, Berkshire and enjoyed a close friendship with his first cousin Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, later the Duke of Edinburgh.[2] They both attended Dartmouth Naval College.[2] He served as best man to the prince at Prince Philip's marriage in November 1947 to the Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II.[2]

Navy and postwar social life

During the Second World War Milford Haven served in the Royal Navy. In 1942 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for taking the destroyer Kandahar through a minefield in an attempt to rescue the cruiser Neptune. In 1943 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his work on Malta convoy operations. He retired from the Navy in 1948. He subsequently joined The Castaways' Club, which enabled him to keep in close contact with many of his naval contemporaries.

He then played a prominent part in the London demi-monde of the 1950s, which brought together a colourful mix of aristocrats and shadowy social climbers like osteopath Stephen Ward. This hard-partying set formed the nucleus for the Profumo Affair.[3]


Lord Milford Haven married:

  1. George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven (born 6 June 1961)
  2. Lord Ivar Mountbatten (born 9 March 1963)


David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven died, aged 50, on 14 April 1970 in London. His ashes were buried in the Battenberg Chapel at St. Mildred's Church, Whippingham, on the Isle of Wight (photo).

Titles and styles




  1. 1 2 3 "David Mountbatten, Third Marquess of Milforhaven (1919- )". Historical Boys' Royal Costume. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Best man may take spotlight". The Telegraph Herald. London. AP. 12 November 1947. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  3. 'Honeytrap' (1987) by Anthony Summers & Stephen Dorril. Chap.2.
  4. Lowry, Cynthia (21 October 1949). "Marquess Talks For Family, Says Mother, Dowager Marchioness". The Evening Independent. AP. Retrieved 17 July 2013.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Mountbatten
Marquess of Milford Haven
Succeeded by
George Mountbatten
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