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 Orders & Decorations

It is well documented that Mountbatten had a great personal pleasure from accepting honours and decorations, or wearing as many of them as possible at every event and function where appropriate and often when not appropriate.  An example of this was the wedding of Princess Margaret (1930-2002) to Sir Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017) when he wore full dress uniform of an Admiral, despite all the other guests wearing morning dress.  Frequently Mountbatten would accept foreign honours despite being told by UK Government Ministers not to and he would circumnavigate the usual official channels by going direct to Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ) rather than taking instructions from bureaucrats within the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  

 

Mountbatten's biographer - Philip Zeigler (b.1929) said - "Mountbatten collected decorations as others collect stamps" so it was no surprise when he attended the 1962 wedding of King Juan Carlos I of Spain (b.1938) to Princess Sofia of Greece & Denmark (b.1938) he expressed his pleasure of how bedecked with honours he was, saying - "it was everything and the kitchen stove today. Five British stars, Greek and Spanish stars, the collar of the Garter and three neck decorations." However he said - "I think I've inherited a certain weakness about dressing up.  I come from a long line of dressers-up...  I must confess it entertains me vastly to be dressed up and to have Orders and decorations. Except this: I want to have earned the uniform. I want to have earned the decoration.  And then I'm very pleased to have it."

Although Mountbatten took his honours seriously, he did have a semi-joking rivalry with Field Marshal The Rt Hon Sir Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976). Talking about his own medal ribbons, he once said that Montgomery would count Mountbatten's medals saying - "I don't know whether he thinks I've popped in one or two that I'm not entitled to, but he usually asks whether I've had any more lately" - however Montgomery did indeed have more medal ribbons!  Prior to Mountbatten's death, he personally arranged how his various orders and decorations would be borne in his funeral procession.  As was typical with him - even in death, Mountbatten organised every detail of his own self-importance and self-glorification.  

 

Mountbatten with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales

at the Coronation of King Birendra of Nepal in 1975

 

Mountbatten in the dress uniform

of an Admiral of the Fleet

Shown below are Mountbatten's principal UK honours and decorations, and some of the many foreign honours he received -

 

Knight Companion

of the Most Noble Order of the Garter

(K.G.)

 

Knight Grand Cross

(Military Division)

of the Most Honourable

Order of the Bath

(G.C.B.) 

 

Member 

(Military Division)

of the Order of Merit

(O.M.)

 

 

Knight Grand Cross

of the Most Exalted Order of the

Star of India

(G.C.S.I.)

 

Knight Grand Cross

of the Most Eminent

Order of the

Indian Empire

(G.C.I.E.)

 

Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (G.C.V.O.)

 

Knight of Justice

of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital

of St. John of Jerusalem

(K.St.J.)

The Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.)

& Mountbatten's Campaign, Commemorative & Service Medals - 

including: The British War Medal (WWI), The Victory Medal (WWI), The 1939-1945 Star (WWII),

The Atlantic Star (WWII), The Africa Star (WWII), The Burma Star (WWII), The Italy Star (WWII),

The Defence Medal (WWII), The War Medal 1939-1945 (WWII), The Naval General Service Medal,

The King George V Coronation Medal, The King George V Silver Jubilee Medal, 

The King George VI Coronation Medal, The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal,

The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, The Indian Independence Medal,

The Distinguished Service Medal (USA), The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (USA),

Croix de Geurre 1939-1945 (France)

Hesse

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of

Louis of Hesse

 

Spain

Knight Grand Cross

of the Royal Order of

Isabella the Catholic

 

Greece

 

War Cross

 

 

 

Egypt

 

the Order of

 the Nile

 

United States of America

The Legion of Merit

 

 

Greece

Knight Grand Cross

of the Royal Order of

George I

 

The Netherlands

Knight Grand Cross

of the Order of the 

Netherlands Lion

 

Portugal

Knight Grand Cross

of the Military Order

of Aviz

 

Sweden

Knight

of the Royal Order

of the Seraphim

 

Denmark

Knight Grand Cross

of the Order of

Dannebrog

 

France

Grand Cross

of the National Order

of the Legion of Honour

 

Roumania

Knight Grand Cross

of the Order of the 

Crown

 

Ethiopia

Knight Grand Cross

of the Order of the 

Seal of Solomon