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Marriage to Lord Louis Mountbatten

Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

1922 - Marriage to Mountbatten 2

Edwina -

a young lady of society

Whilst touring India with his cousin, Mountbatten wrote to Edwina throughout and at his request she engineered a way to stay with the then Viceroy at the Vice-regal Lodge in Delhi. On 14th February 1922, at a dance Mountbatten took Edwina aside and he proposed marriage and Edwina accepted.  The then Vicereine - Alice, Countess (later Marchioness) of Reading, CI, GBE (1866-1930) said “I am afraid she has definitely made up her mind about him… I say afraid, tho’ I know nothing against him except that he is too young”.  It appeared that Lady Reading told Edwina that she hoped that she would marry “someone  older with more of a career before him.”  Although Mountbatten wrote to Edwina’s father for consent to marry his daughter, news reached him of their engagement before the letter arrived - her father was not happy and even delayed making the official announcement in the newspaper.

Mountbatten and Edwina were married on 18th July 1922 at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London in a glittering event, with all the Royal Family in attendance – and his cousin “David” (Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales - subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later the Duke of Windsor) as best man. The wedding was the social event of the year, and outside the church a large crowd of onlookers formed - who broke out to cheers when the Mountbattens left the church under a Naval Guard of Honour.

Mountbatten and Edwina

following their wedding

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a copy of the


wedding certificate

The Mountbattens’ leaving St Margaret’s Church