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In the Autumn of 1950, Mountbatten’s mother - by now The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, who herself was born a Princess and had been the favourite grand-daughter of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), was taken ill at Broadlands.  She told Mountbatten that she had wanted to return to London as it was “so much better to die at home.”  She died at Kensington Palace, London on 24th September 1950 without seeing her son as First Sea Lord, but despite this, she had seen him back in the Royal Navy and rising to the top of the organisation which her late husband had been forced to resign from.  


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1950 - Death of Mountbatten’s Mother (The Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven)


The Dowager Marchioness

of Milford Haven (left) at the christening of Prince Charles,

The Prince of Wales in 1948

Victoria, The Dowager Marchioness had been a tough matriarchal figure in the Mountbatten family and her death was another blow for Mountbatten and the family.  Her grand-daughter Patricia (Lady Brabourne and who later succeeded as 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma) said of  that she was “formidable, but never intimidating ... a supremely honest woman, full of commonsense and modesty."  Victoria was laid to rest beside her husband (Louis, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven) at St Mildred’s Church, Whippingham on the Isle of Wight.  At the time of her death, Victoria was the oldest surviving grand-daughter of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901), who was a sister of the last Tsarina of Russia (Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, VA - formerly Princess Alexandra of Hesse & By the Rhine (1872-1918), the mother of the Queen of Sweden (Queen Louise, RRC - formerly Princess Louise of Battenberg (1889-1965) and the great-grandmother of the current Prince of Wales (Prince Charles (b.1948) - whose christening was one of the last “family” events she was photographed at in 1948.


Kensington Palace, London

1953 - Coronation Year


Mountbatten’s mother -

The Dowager Marchioness

of Milford Haven