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For his services to India, on 28th October 1947, Mountbatten was created an earl (with a barony for use as a courtesy title) and similar to his viscountcy, the titles had a special remainder, to enable his eldest daughter to succeed to ensure that the titles would not become extinct upon his death. Once again, the London Gazette announced the honour -

Whitehall, October 28, 1947

The King has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm, bearing date the 18th instant, to confer the dignity of a Baron and an Earl of the United Kingdom upon Rear Admiral The Right Honourable Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas; Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, KCB, DSO, by the name, style and title of BARON ROMSEY, of Romsey in the County of Southampton to hold to him and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten;  and in default of such issue with remainder to his eldest daughter Patricia Edwina Victoria, Baroness Brabourne, by the name, style and title of BARONESS ROMSEY, 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 Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, successively in order of seniority of age and priority of birth and to the heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten; and EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA to hold to him and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten; and in default of such issue with remainder to his eldest daughter Patricia Edwina Victoria, Baroness Brabourne, by the name, style and title of COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA and the heirs male  of her body lawfully begotten;  and in default of such issue to every other daughter lawfully begotten of the said Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, successively in order of seniority of age and priority of birth and to the heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten.

In October 1948, Mountbatten (who had previously reverted to the rank of a Rear Admiral) took command of the 1st Cruiser Squadron in Malta.  One of the conditions that Prime Minister Attlee had promised, was that upon the conclusion of his term as Viceroy, Mountbatten could resume his Naval career. However, this meant that he now was now under the command of officers who had served under him when he held the office of Supreme Allied Commander, SE Asia during World War II.  


In 1949, Mountbatten was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and became second-in-command of the Mediterranean Fleet in April 1950.  He was subsequently appointed in June 1950 as Fourth Sea Lord, and was responsible for Supplies and Transport. Some felt that this post did not utilise Mountbatten’s talents, but upon taking office Mountbatten set to undo the appalling lack of resources and disorganisation he had encountered in the Admiralty.  He also secured a pay review for the Armed Forces, which had been long overdue. Mountbatten tried to stay out of the limelight, fearing that his ambition would finally stop him gaining further promotion. He even said - “As Fourth Sea Lord, I have such an unimportant job that no one could possibly feel jealous or think I was trying to throw my weight about.”  

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