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 Broadlands  

Evelyn Ashley’s only son – Colonel The Rt Hon. Wilfrid William Ashley (1867-1939) who had been created Lord Mount Temple (2nd creation) in 1932, inherited the Broadlands estate in 1908.  Upon his death in 1939 the estate passed to his eldest daughter - Edwina, and through her marriage to Mountbatten, Broadlands passed into the Mountbatten and later the Knatchbull family, where it remains today.

 

In November 1947, Princess Elizabeth, the Heiress Presumptive to King George VI (1895(1936-1952) and now Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ) and Mountbatten’s nephew - Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) spent the first stage of their honeymoon at Broadlands. Mountbatten and Edwina had started their own honeymoon there following a family tradition started by Edwina’s parents and this was continued in 1981 following the wedding of Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) and The Lady Diana Spencer, later Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997). 

 

 

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh &
The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II)

on their honeymoon at Broadlands

 

Lady Diana Spencer (later The Princess of Wales) planting a tree at the opening of

the Mountbatten Exhibition in May 1981

by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales

 

ABOVE: Penelope & Norton

(then Lord & Lady Romsey) - now

The Earl & Countess Mountbatten of Burma

 at the Mountbatten Exhibition at Broadlands

TOP RIGHT: A short ITN news film showing the opening of the Mountbatten Exhibition

in May 1981 by Prince Charles,

The Prince of Wales (accompanied by

Lady Diana Spencer) at Broadlands

RIGHT: The opening of the Mountbatten Exhibition - (left) Norton & Penelope

(then Lord & Lady Romsey) - now

The Earl & Countess Mountbatten of Burma

and (right) Lady Diana Spencer

& Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales

 

Mountbatten & Edwina at Broadlands

 

A short film by Pathé from 1947

about The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh (Princess Elizabeth)

on their honeymoon at Broadlands

Broadlands became more famous than ever with distinguished visitors from royalty to politicians being regular guests with eminent guests being asked to plant a tree in the grounds.  Mountbatten's sense of legacy became increasingly important to him during his lifetime and following Edwina's death, Mountbatten wanted to ensure that Broadlands was financially secure for his descendants. 

Since 1978, Broadlands has been open to the public - which was a project that Mountbatten himself was heavily involved in. However, following Mountbatten's murder in August 1979, Broadlands became the home of Mountbatten's grandson - Norton, now 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma (b.1947), who following his mother succeeding to Mountbatten's titles became styled Lord Romsey and he and his young family set to develop his legacy. The exciting 'Mountbatten Exhibition' was opened on 9th May 1981 by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) who was accompanied by his then fiancé - The Lady Diana Spencer, later Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997) and was a focal part of any tour of Broadlands. The exhibition had displays of medals, uniforms and mementos of the extra-ordinary lives of both Mountbatten and Edwina.

 

Norton & Penelope (then Lord & Lady Romsey) - The Earl & Countess Mountbatten of Burma at Broadlands