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The news that Lord Louis Mountbatten had been killed by an IRA bomb in Ireland came as a tremendous shock to many, in 1979.

Three other people, including his young grandson were also killed in the explosion on his fishing boat. Mountbatten had been a leading member of the Royal family and was an important, much admired public figure in his own right.

A great-grandson of Queen Victoria (who attended his christening as his godmother, a few months before her death), Mountbatten enjoyed a long heroic naval career and served in both world wars.

His family name was changed during the First World War: Prince Louis of Battenberg became the less German-sounding Lord Louis Mountbatten. Later, when his second cousin, became Queen Elizabeth II, he attempted to get the Royal family name changed from Windsor to Mountbatten (Prince Philip’s surname). He was unsuccessful.

In an impressive naval career, Lord Mountbatten officially received the official Japanese surrender in World War II in 1945 and was later the last Viceroy of India. In the 1950’s he served the nation as its First Sea Lord, before heading the entire forces as Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff.

As shown in the TV series The Crown in which he has been played by Greg Wise, he was also a vital source of support to both Prince Philip and Prince Charles when they were growing up.

In 2018, William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, named their third child Louis in Mountbatten’s honour.