1960: Memorial Service
Mountbatten with his sister (Queen Louise of Sweden),
Patricia, Pamela and John, 7th Lord Brabourne
arriving at Westminster Abbey for Edwina's Memorial Service
On 7th March 1960, a memorial service for Edwina was held in Westminster Abbey, London where some of the music was conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (1895-1967) - who Mountbatten referred to as “one of my wife’s greatest friends”. Edwina and Sargent had first met in 1941 when he conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra and by the end of World War II became occasional lovers. Sargent was even at the airport in March 1947 to say farewell to The Mountbattens as they headed off to India to take up their role as Viceroy and Vicereine. Edwina had been responsible for recommending Sargent for a knighthood and encouraged him to move to an apartment at Albert Hall Mansions (close to the Royal Albert Hall, London) - where she loaned several Persian carpets, fine china and furniture from Broadlands. Edwina was a regular member of his audiences and Sargent was frequently invited to dinner parties with Edwina’s social set.
Whilst Sargent lay dying in July 1967, Mountbatten visited him and in an effort to 'cheer him up' told him how the country should be proud of his vast achievements. Sargent died of pancreatic cancer on 3rd October 1967, having had personal phone calls from Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ) and Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) on his deathbed.
ABOVE: Sir Malcolm Sargent
LEFT: The Mountbatten Memorial,
Westminster Abbey, London
On 14th February 1985 (the anniversary of the Mountbatten’s engagement in 1922), a memorial plaque was unveiled by Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) - Mountbatten’s nephew. The plaque, which is in the Nave of the Abbey was designed by Christopher Ironside (1913-1992) who was particularly known for the reverse sides of the new British coins issued on decimalisation in 1971. The Belgian fossil marble slab is inlaid with brass and stainless steel and shows facing profile portraits of Mountbatten and Edwina and shows various honours they held and emblems of organisations or services they were involved with. Other members of the Royal Family who attended the unveiling of the memorial plaque included Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1901-2002), Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) - accompanied by The Princess of Wales (1961-1997) and Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b.1950). The lesson at the service was read by the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991).
REST IN PEACE
AND HER MEMORY LIVE FOREVER