1922: Marriage to Edwina Ashley
Mountbatten and The Hon. Edwina Ashley were married on 18th July 1922 at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London in a glittering social event, with King George V (1865(1910-1936) and all the Royal Family in attendance, with his cousin Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales, subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later The Duke of Windsor, as best man.
The wedding was the social event of the decade and The Times commented that at the wedding there was “a discreet murmur of admiration rose from the congregation as the bride entered on the arm of her father… the bride’s gown was conspicuous by its combination of simplicity and richness. Of dull silver tissue cut on long, straight lines, with a waist-less bodice, mitten sleeves and round neck, its effect was of subdued splendour.”
Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales (left)
and Mountbatten arriving at
St Margaret's Church, Westminster, London
A short film (no audio) by Pathé about the wedding of Mountbatten & Edwina Ashley
Lord & Lady Louis Mountbatten
(Mountbatten & Edwina)
following their wedding
Edwina & Mountbatten leaving St Margaret's Church,
Westminster, London through the Naval guard of honour
Mountbatten & Edwina with film star Charlie Chaplin on the set of "Nice And Friendly"
Following the wedding ceremony, The Mountbattens - now formally styled Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten left St Margaret’s Church through a Royal Navy guard of honour and then left in a limousine which was pulled by a party of ratings from HMS Renown to Brook House, Park Lane, London for the reception. Edwina had inherited Brook House from her grandfather - The Rt Hon. Sir Ernest Cassel (1852-1921).
The Mountbattens started their honeymoon at Broadlands, the beautiful country home of Edwina’s father in Romsey, Hampshire. The bridal couple had driven down from London in the Barker Cabriolet Rolls-Royce which was a wedding gift to Mountbatten from his wealthy bride and were welcomed by large crowds along the streets of Romsey.
Their honeymoon included visits to relatives in Spain and Germany, and to the USA where they met the actor Sir Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin (1889-1977) - who wrote, directed and appeared in a short film called "Nice And Friendly" which included the newlyweds in the leading roles. Whilst in Hollywood, California, USA, Mountbatten was taught the art of film-making by Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) and they stayed with their actor friends Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939) and his wife - 'America’s Sweetheart' Mary Pickford (1892-1979). The Mountbatten's honeymoon lasted 6 months and he later referred to it as “one of the most interesting periods of my life”.