13 JUN 2017
Death of The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Over recent years, Patricia's health and mobility issues has 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 her family's 18th Century home - 'Newhouse' in Mersham, near Ashford, Kent. Her god-son - Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) 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 her third cousin - Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1953- ), Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) and many members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948); Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (b.1960); Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b.1950); Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (b.1965); Birgitte, The Duchess of Gloucester (b.1946); Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent (b.1935); Princess Alexandra, The Hon. Lady Ogilvy (b.1936) and Prince Michael of Kent (b.1942). She was subsequently buried privately at St John the Baptist Church, Mersham, Kent.
Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh at Patricia's funeral
Following Patricia's death, her eldest son - Norton, 8th Lord Brabourne (b.1947) succeeded as 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma etc., and his wife - Penelope (b.1953) subsequently became styled Countess Mountbatten of Burma and their eldest daughter - Alexandra (b.1982) who after her marriage in 2016 was styled The Hon. Mrs Thomas Hooper, became styled The Lady Alexandra Hooper.
Norton's heir apparent - The Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull (b.1981) subsequently became styled Lord Brabourne. When Patricia succeeded as the 2nd Countess in 1979, Norton used the courtesy title of Lord Romsey. However, Norton succeeded to his father's barony as 8th Lord Brabourne in 2005, so (following numerous precedent) he has decided his heir will use the Barony of Brabourne as a courtesy title instead.