Admiral of the Fleet The Rt Hon. Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
was born on 25th June 1900 at Frogmore House, Windsor, England, the son of a German Prince and a great-grandson of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), who became an officer in the British Royal Navy. Mountbatten was dynastically related to many of the Royal Families of Europe: a second cousin to King Edward VIII, later The Duke of Windsor (1894(1936)1972) and King George VI (1895(1936-1952); an uncle to Prince Philip, 1st Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021), a nephew of Tsarina Alexandra, Empress of Russia (1872-1918), and brother of Queen Louise of Sweden (1889-1965).
During World War II, he was Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Command, he oversaw the final years of the British Raj as the last Viceroy of India, and appointed as India’s first Governor-General. He was subsequently First Sea Lord - a position held by his father some 40 years earlier, and served as Chief of the Defence Staff from 1959-1965 (having been appointed an Admiral of the Fleet in 1956).
On 27th August 1979, a few months after his 79th birthday, Mountbatten was pointlessly and callously murdered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) off the coast of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, Ireland, whilst fishing with members of his family on his annual holiday. He received the honour of a Royal ceremonial funeral at Westminster Abbey, London and was buried privately at Romsey Abbey, close to his beloved Hampshire family home - Broadlands.
2019 saw the 40th anniversary of his murder, so I completely redesigned this website - which I hope you will enjoy. Please do sign the Guestbook as I welcome feedback. My only aim is to keep Mountbatten's memory alive. He was an extra-ordinary man, controversial to some, but to me - a HERO in every sense of the word.
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