Nadejda Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven

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Nadejda Mikhailovna Mountbatten
Marchioness of Milford Haven
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Nadejda de Torby, c. 1914
Born (1896-03-28)28 March 1896
Cannes, France
Died 22 January 1963(1963-01-22) (aged 66)
Cannes, France
Burial Bray Cemetery, Bray, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Spouse Prince George of Battenberg
(m. 1916; d. 1938)
Issue Lady Tatiana Elizabeth Mountbatten
David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven
House Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia
Mother Countess Sophie von Merenberg

Nadejda Mikhailovna Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven, née de Torby, (28 March 1896 – 22 January 1963), was a member of the Russian Imperial family who married a German prince but became an English subject and aristocrat. She was a close relation of the British Royal Family.


Countess Nadejda de Torby was the second daughter of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia and his morganatic wife Countess Sophie von Merenberg. She was a younger sister of Countess Anastasia de Torby.

Her paternal grandparents were Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and Princess Cecily of Baden. Michael was the seventh and last child of Nicholas I of Russia and Charlotte of Prussia. Her mother was a granddaughter of Aleksandr Pushkin, who in turn was a great-grandson of Peter the Great's African protégé, Abram Petrovich Gannibal.

Nicknamed "Nada", she married Prince George of Battenberg, later the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven, in London, England, on 15 November 1916. They had two children:

  1. Lady Tatiana Elizabeth Mountbatten (16 December 1917 – 15 May 1988), who died unmarried.
  2. David Michael Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven (12 May 1919 – 14 April 1970), father of the present Marquess.

During the 1934 Gloria Vanderbilt custody trial, a former maid of Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt's offered testimony regarding a possible lesbian relationship between Lady Milford Haven and her former employer. Lady Milford Haven also appeared as a witness at the trial.[1][2][3] Before leaving for the United States to testify, Lady Milford Haven publicly denounced the maid's testimony as "a set of malicious, terrible lies".[4]

Nada and her sister-in-law, Edwina Mountbatten (wife of Lord Mountbatten), were extremely close friends and the two frequently went together on rather daring adventures, traveling rough in difficult and often dangerous parts of the world.[5]

Lady Milford Haven died in Cannes, France, in 1963.

Styles from birth to death[edit]

From left to right: Nadja Michailovna, Michael Mikhailovich, Anastasia Michailovna and their father Michail Mikhailovich Romanow
  • 28 March 1896 – 15 November 1916: Countess Nadejda Mikhailovna de Torby
  • 15 November 1916 – 14 July 1917: Her Serene Highness Princess George of Battenberg
  • 14 July – 7 November 1917: Mrs George Mountbatten
  • 7 November 1917 – 11 September 1921: Countess of Medina
  • 11 September 1921 – 4 February 1950: The Most Honourable The Marchioness of Milford Haven
  • 4 February – 24 September 1950: The Most Honourable Nadejda Mikhailovna Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven
  • 24 September 1950 – 22 January 1963: The Most Honourable The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goldsmith, Barbara, ed. (1982), Little Gloria...Happy at Last, Dell, ISBN 0-440-15120-1, retrieved 13 August 2010 
  2. ^ "Vanderbilt Case Delayed; 3 Crossing Ocean to Help". Gettysburg Times. 6 October 1934. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Judge May Close Court's Doors On Vanderbilt Fuss Over Custody Of Heiress". The Evening Independent. 4 October 1934. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nobility Hastens To Defense Of Gloria". San Jose Times. 4 October 1934. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Hough, Richard (1984). Edwina Countess Mountbatten of Burma. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc. ISBN 0-688-03766-6.