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Re: English vs. foreign
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I thought it was because he wanted to make a career in the British Navy, and thus needed to become a British citizen and therefore needed a surname. (Nobody seems to have realized that he was already entitled to become a British citizen due to the Princess Sophia Naturalization Act.
I believe that he did not formally adopt the name Mountbatten until February pr March 1947, some three months or so before the announcement of his engagement
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