Queen heartbreak: Royal Family at war after attempt to overthrow House of Windsor
Queen Mother was 'up in arms' at Mountbattens says expert
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Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was reportedly “up in arms” after being told that the Mountbatten side of the Royal Family believed that their name would replace the House of Windsor. According to a group of royal experts, the Queen Mother feared the change would jeopardise the security of the monarchy and sought to “undermine” her daughter’s husband, Prince Philip.
In the Channel 5 documentary ‘The Queen Mother: Romance and the Throne’, royal experts reveal the former Queen Elizabeth’s concern over what she viewed as a “nakedly ambitious” plan to overthrow the House of Windsor.
Hugo Vickers explained: “Lord Mountbatten, shortly after the death of the King, announced at a dinner that the House of Mountbatten now ruled over this land.”
Once the Queen Mother and her mother-in-law, Queen Mary of Teck were informed, they set a plan in motion to ensure the continuation of the Windsor line.
Royal historian Chandrika Kaul said: “Elizabeth saw this as a nakedly ambitious move against the power of the House of Windsor and she felt that was dangerous to the stability of the Royal Family.
Royal expert Lady Colin Campbell added: “Elizabeth was quite determined that she was going to remain a power behind the throne. She set out to undermine Prince Philip.”
Prince Philip had been born into the Greek Royal Family but was exiled after the fall of the monarchy.
In 1947, he adopted the surname Mountbatten after his maternal uncle Lord Mountbatten, who was closely associated with the British Royal Family.
It was Lord Mountbatten who orchestrated the courtship of the young Princess Elizabeth and his nephew and encouraged their marriage.
However, after the death of Princess Elizabeth’s father King George VI, his widow and family were reluctant for the new Queen to take her husband’s surname.
Now known as the Queen Mother, she convinced the newly-elected Prime Minister Winston Churchill to keep the Windsor name and refuse to recognise its change.
Ms Kaul said: “Elizabeth managed to get her own way, there was no name change, it was the House of Windsor and it was going to stay that way.”
The news disappointed Prince Philip whose children would now be unable to bear his own surname.
Sarah Gristwood revealed “He found it almost the last straw. He famously cursed ‘I’m just the bloody amoeba!'”
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were parents to four children, including the current heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles.
Relationships between the Queen Mother, Prince Philip and Lord Mountbatten became less fractious over time as Philip proved himself a loyal member of the Royal Family and a devoted husband.
The Queen Mother passed away in 2002 at the age of 101. At the time of her death, she was viewed as one of the most popular members of the Royal Family.
Prince Philip died on April 9 of this year at his home at Windsor Castle. He was 99 years old and was the longest-serving consort in British history.
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