PATRICIA, 2nd COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA
Patricia (with her dogs - Sandy & Skye)
at Newhouse, Mersham, Kent
& John, 7th Lord Brabourne
- Patricia is wearing
the brooch (shown below)
which was a wedding present
in 1946 from Mountbatten
(which he designed himself)
After nearly 60 years of marriage, on 22nd September 2005, Patricia’s husband - John, 7th Lord Brabourne died at their home 'Newhouse' in Mersham, near Ashford, Kent. Patricia was at his side when he died - they had been devoted to each other to the end. Patricia remained very close to the British Royal Family, in particular her third cousin - Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-2022), Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, (1921-2021) who was her first cousin and to her god-son - King Charles III (1948(2022- ). It was reported that The Queen described her as "fierce" when growing up, and was said to call on her for advice, and even got slightly flustered in her company.
Patricia, 2nd Countess
Mountbatten of Burma
One of the last photographs of John, 7th Lord Brabourne -
with Patricia in their garden at Mersham, Kent
A new conte and pastel portrait of Patricia by Canadian artist Christian Cardell Corbet (b.1966) was unveiled by Patricia herself, in Warwickshire, England in October 2009 - organised by The Citizens Foundation (TCF) Canada. The oil sketch of the portrait is in the Canadian Portrait Academy (CPA) permanent collection, of which Corbet was a founder member and its first President. The portrait was the official acquisition of the Academy for 2009.
ABOVE: Christian Cardell Corbet's
2009 portrait of Patricia
LEFT: Patricia unveiling the portrait of
herself by Corbet
Despite her Royal dynastic connections, she was not a member of the official Royal Family. However, she was in the line of succession to the British Throne and often attended Royal, State and family occasions, such as the Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London for the Diamond Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-2022) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) in 2007.
Patricia, in her later years
Patricia & Pamela: Mountbatten Sisters
Patricia's health and mobility issues had been of concern most notably after she attended the society wedding in June 2016 of her granddaughter - Alexandra (b.1982) at Romsey Abbey in a wheelchair. Patricia died on 13th June 2017 at the 18th Century family home of her late husband - 'Newhouse' in Mersham, near Ashford, Kent. Her godson - Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, later King Charles III (1948(2022- ) said that Patricia "played an extremely important part in his life" and "would miss her presence most dreadfully”. Patricia's funeral service was held on 27th June 2017 at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-2022), Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) and many members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, later King Charles III (1948(2022- ). She was subsequently buried privately at St John the Baptist Church, Mersham, Kent. Her last request was not to be buried beside her beloved husband, but to be buried on top of him, and in her pocket a picture of her son 'Nicky' - her 14yr-old twin son who was killed in the explosion that killed Mountbatten in 1979.
Patricia's coffin at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London
carried by members of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) -
of which she was their Colonel-in-Chief from 1974-2007
ABOVE: Queen Elizabeth II
leaving St Paul's Church,
Knightsbridge, following Patricia's funeral in June 2017
RIGHT: The joint grave of Patricia &
John, 7th Lord Brabourne
at St John the Baptist Church,
Mersham, near Ashford, Kent