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Norton, 8th Lord Brabourne

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The Hon. Sir Norton Louis Philip KNATCHBULL, Bt., 8th Lord Brabourne - was born on 8th October 1947 at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London.  He is the eldest son and of The Lady Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull (née Mountbatten) CBE, MSC, CD, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (b.1924) and the late Sir John Ulick Knatchbull, Bt., CBE, 7th Lord Brabourne (1924-2005), and as such is heir to the Earldom of “Mountbatten of Burma”.  Until the death of his father - when Norton succeeded to his father’s Barony, he was styled “Lord Romsey”.  Norton is a god-son of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) and Queen Louise of Sweden, RRC (1889-1965) and is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901).  He is in the line of succession to the British Throne but despite his royal connections, he is not a member of the Royal Family.  Norton was educated at Gordonstoun, the boarding school in Moray, Scotland where many of his royal cousins have attended including Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921) himself.


Norton, 8th Lord Brabourne


The christening of Norton, 8th Lord Brabourne in 1947 -

Patricia (his mother) is holding Norton,

with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (his god-father) on the right.

At the back can be seen David, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven

Norton followed his father (John, 7th Lord Brabourne) into film production and was location manager on his father’s film “Murder on the Orient Express” in 1974, with an all-star cast including Albert Finney (b.1936) and in “A Bridge Too Far” in 1977 - which was directed by Sir Richard Attenborough, CBE, later Lord Attenborough (1923-2014). Later he was an associate producer in various productions including his father’s film “Death on the Nile” in 1978 and in the TV mini-serial “Quatermass” in 1979.


A short film (no audio) by Pathé of the christening of Norton in 1947

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