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The Lady Patricia Edwina Victoria KNATCHBULL (née MOUNTBATTEN) CBE, MSC, CD, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (formely Lady Brabourne) - was born on 14th February 1924 at Brook House, Park Lane, London, the eldest daughter of Admiral of the Fleet The Rt Hon. Lord Louis Mountbatten, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, ADC(P), FRS (1900-1979) and The Hon. Dame Edwina Ashley, CI, GBE, DCVO (1901-1960).  She was born into a dynasty full of royal, political and wealthy relations but was born with no title. Patricia’s godfather was Prince Edward, The Prince of Wales (subsequently King Edward VIII (1894(1936)1972) and later The Duke of Windsor. Patricia was educated at Malta, and subsequently in New York, USA - where she was sent by her parents during the Blitz in World War II.



Patricia Knatchbull

(née Mountbatten)

2nd Countess Mountbatten

of Burma


Patricia in WRNS uniform in 1946

Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma

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In 1943 - at the age of 19, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and served as a Rating in Combined Operations, based in the UK. She was commissioned as a Third Officer in 1945 and served in Supreme Allied Headquarters, South East Asia Command (where her father was the Supreme Allied Commander) - where she met her future husband, John (an officer in the Coldstream Guards who had inherited a peerage - following the death of his brother in 1943), who was an ADC to her father.  On 19th September 1947, Mountbatten dedicated a copy of his South East Asia Report - “To Captain the Lord Brabourne, the Coldstream Guards, who as ADC to SACSEA held my hand successfully during the first half of 1946 and held my daughter’s hand even more successfully during the second half of 1946.”


Patricia as a child

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