Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma
On 26 October 1946, Mountbatten’s eldest daughter - Patricia married John, 7th Lord Brabourne (1924-2005) at Romsey Abbey. Her bridesmaids were her sister Pamela, Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952- ), Princess Margaret (1930-2002) and Princess Alexandra of Kent (b.1936). The wedding of his eldest daughter was a typical display of Mountbatten's organisational skills - with him taking personal charge of much of the arrangements. He was determined that the day would be one to remember as any proud father would. Although this glittering society wedding took place in the presence of King George VI (1895(1936-1952), it was the first time that Princess Elizabeth was seen publicly with Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark (1921-2021) - Mountbatten’s nephew, that caught the headlines with talk a pending romance between the cousins.
ABOVE: Patricia & John,
7th Lord Brabourne
on their wedding day
The marriage ceremony was conducted by The Most Rev & Rt Hon. Geoffrey Fisher, later Lord Fisher of Lambeth (1887-1972), the Archbishop of Canterbury. Patricia's dress was designed by Edward Molyneux (1891-1974), the leading society fashion designer and the flowers were arranged by society florist Constance Spry (1886-1960), who also created the flower arrangements for the 1937 wedding of Mountbatten's cousin 'David' - Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales, subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later The Duke of Windsor to Mrs Wallis Simpson (1896-1986).
The "look" that gave the press the hint of a Royal romance between
Prince Philip (left) and Princess Elizabeth (right)
A short film (limited audio) by Pathé of the wedding of
The Hon. Patricia Mountbatten & John, 7th Lord Brabourne
Mountbatten wrote in his diary the following day - "sad without Patricia". His initial sense of loss was abated when Patricia confirmed that their close relationship would not change now that she was married. Mountbatten had always been convinced that his new son-in-law was the right man for his daughter and it gave him great comfort to see Patricia and John so happy - a marriage which would last until his death in 2005.
Upon her marriage, Patricia became styled Lady Brabourne and was known as such until 1979, when she succeeded to her father's Earldom. As a daughter of a Viscount, she had received the courtesy prefix of Honourable but when she married a Baron she obtained her husband's precedence (which was higher than that of a Viscount's daughter).
ABOVE: John, 7th Lord Brabourne making a speech
at the wedding reception -
(from left to right) Queen Elzabeth;
John, 7th Lord Brabourne (standing);
Patricia; and King George VI.
The flag behind the dais is that of Mountbatten as
Supreme Allied Commander SE Asia
RIGHT: Patricia with Mountbatten
outside Romsey Abbey
ABOVE: (from left to right) King George VI, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II),
Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark
arrive at the weeding of Patricia & John, 7th Lord Brabourne
BELOW: A formal group photograph
from the wedding of
The Hon. Patricia Mountbatten
& John, 7th Lord Brabourne
Patricia and John, 7th Lord Brabourne had the following children -
Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull born 8th October 1947 at King's College Hospital, London - who succeeded his father as 8th Lord Brabourne in 2005 and succeeded as 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma etc in 2017 upon Patricia's death
The Hon. Michael-John Ulick Knatchbull, born 24th May 1950 at King's College Hospital, London
The Hon. Anthony Knatchbull, born and died 6th April 1952 at King's College Hospital, London
The Lady Joanna Edwina Doreen Zuckerman (née Knatchbull), born 5th March 1955 at King's College Hospital, London
The Lady Amanda Patricia Victoria Ellingworth (née Knatchbull), born 26th June 1957at King's College Hospital, London
The Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull, born 2nd December 1961 at King's College Hospital, London
The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull, born 18th November 1964 at King's College Hospital, London
The Hon. Nicholas Timothy Charles Knatchbull, born 18th November 1964 at King's College Hospital, London. He died 27th August 1979 - killed in the same explosion that killed his grandfather Louis, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma