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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Countess Mountbatten of Burma 1924-2017

_. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, second holder of the peerage, first cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh, died at her home at Mersham, Kent, 13 June, 2017. She was 93.

Countess Mountbatten was the last surviving godparent of the Prince of Wales.

She was born Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten, 14 Feb, 1924, the elder dau of the then Lord Louis Mountbatten, by his wife the former Hon Edwina Ashley. Her father, formerly Prince Louis of Battenberg, took the surname of Mountbatten in 1917, and was later created Viscount, then Earl Mountbatten of Burma, with a special remainder to his daughters, and then to their sons.

Patricia Mountbatten married in 1946, the 7th Baron Brabourne (1924-2005), film producer, by whom she had four sons, and two daughters.

In 1979 she was with her father on the boat at Mullaghmore, in Ireland, when he was assassinated, together with her son, the Hon Nicholas Knatchbull. She was seriously injured herself, and succeeded under the terms of the special remainder as (2nd) Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Viscountess Mountbatten of Burma, and Baroness Romsey, in the Peerage of the UK.

The family honours now devolve upon Her Ladyship's eldest son, Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, the 8th Baron Brabourne, who was born 8 Oct, 1947.

The funeral takes place at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, on 27 June, 2017, at 3pm. No memorial service will take place.

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