Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Patricia taking the salute at the Legion of Frontiersmen's Centenary Parade
outside the City of London's Guildhall
On the 24th April 2005, the Countess Mountbatten's Own Frontiersmen together with the Legion of Frontiersmen Volunteer Reserve celebrated one hundred years of serve to Crown and Country, with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Botolph Without Bishopsgate Church in the City of London. The Centennial Service was preceded with a Ride of the Legion's Troop of Horse saddling up in The Royal Mews, then riding out past Buckingham Palace onto the City of London, where they joined the Frontiersmen from around the world as they left the church to Troop the Colour before Patricia, who awaited them on the forecourt of The Guildhall and took the salute.
After nearly 60 years of marriage, on 22nd September 2005, Patricia’s husband - John, 7th Lord Brabourne died at their home 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- ), Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, (b.1921) (her first cousin) and Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) (her god-son). 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.
In 2002, Patricia agreed that the Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth (of which she was Patron) would be known as Countess Mountbatten's Own, which celebrates her family’s long connection with the Legion of Frontiersmen going back to her grandfather - Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Marquess of Milford Haven (1854-1921), who was a founder-member of the Legion.
The insignia of Countess Mountbatten's Own
Legion of Frontiersmen
Mountbatten's eldest daughter - Patricia,
2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma
& John, 7th Lord Brabourne
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: Corbet's portrait of Patricia
RIGHT: Patricia unveiling Corbet's portrait of herself
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- ) and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) in 2007.
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 her family's 18th Century home - 'Newhouse' in Mersham, near Ashford, Kent. Her godson - 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 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). 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, joined once again, and in her pocket a picture of Nicky, her 14yr-old son who was killed in the explosion that killed Mountbatten in 1979.