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1946 - Marriage of Patricia to John, 7th Lord Brabourne

On his return home, Mountbatten was showered with honours from all around the world.  On 23rd August 1946, Mountbatten was created a viscount, and was awarded the rare honour of a title - with a special remainder, to enable his eldest daughter to succeed to ensure that the title would not become extinct upon his death.  The London Gazette announced the honour -

Whitehall, August 27, 1946.

The King has been pleased, by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm, bearing date the 23rd instant, to confer the dignity of a Viscounty of the United Kingdom upon Acting Admiral Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, GCVO, KCB, DSO, by the name, style and title of VISCOUNT MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA, of Romsey in the County of Southampton, to hold to him and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten and to be begotten; and in default of such issue with remainder to his eldest daughter Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten by the name, style and title of VISCOUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA, of Romsey in the County of Southampton, and the heirs male of her body lawfully begotten; and in default of such issue to every other daughter lawfully begotten of the said Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten successively in order of seniority of age and priority of birth and to the heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten.


A short film (limited audio) by Pathé

of the wedding of

Patricia Mountbatten

& John, Lord Brabourne

On 26 October 1946, Mountbatten’s eldest daughter (Patricia) married John, 7th Lord Brabourne at Romsey Abbey. Bridesmaids included Princess Elizabeth - now Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ).


Although this glittering society wedding took place in the presence of King George VI (1895(1936-1952), it was the first time that Princess Elizabeth was seen publicly with Prince Philip of Greece & Denmark (Mountbatten’s nephew and her future husband) that caught the headlines.


Patricia Mountbatten

with her husband

John, Lord Brabourne


The Princess Elizabeth

(now Queen Elizabeth II)

- a bridesmaid at the wedding

Viceroy of India