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Lord Louis Mountbatten

Marriage to Edwina Ashley


A short film (no audio) by Pathé

of the wedding of Mountbatten

& Edwina Ashley

(Lord Louis & Lady Louis Mountbatten)

Mountbatten and The Hon. Edwina Ashley were married on 18th July 1922 at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, London in a glittering social event, with all the Royal Family in attendance, with his cousin 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 decade and attended by a vast gathering of Royalty which included King George V (1865(1910-1936).


Following the ceremony, the Mountbattens - now Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten, left St Margaret’s through a Royal Navy guard of honour and then left in a limousine which was pulled by a party of ratings from HMS Renown to Brook House, in Park Lane for the reception. The Mountbattens started their honeymoon at Broadlands, the beautiful country home of Edwina’s father in Romsey, Hampshire. The bridal couple drove down from London in the Barker Cabriolet Rolls-Royce - which was a wedding gift to Mountbatten from his wealthy bride.


Mountbatten & Edwina Ashley

(Lord Louis & Lady Louis Mountbatten)

leaving St Margaret’s Church, Westminster following their wedding


Click HERE to see a copy of

the Mountbattens’ wedding certificate

Their honeymoon included visits to relatives in Spain and Germany, and to the USA where they met the actor Sir Charles “Charlie” Chaplin, KBE (1889-1977) - who wrote, directed and appeared in a short film which included the newlyweds. Whilst in Hollywood, Mountbatten was taught the art of film-making by Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959) and they stayed with their actor friends Douglas Fairbanks (1883-1939) and his wife “America’s Sweetheart” Mary Pickford (1892-1979). The honeymoon lasted 6 months and he later referred to it as “one of the most interesting periods of my life”.


Mountbatten & Edwina

with Charlie Chaplin (centre)