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Mountbatten’s great pride and joy in his retirement was the creation of the United World Colleges (UWC), which brought students from across the world together, regardless of their creed, colour, nationality etc.  In 1962, the Atlantic College of St Donat’s Castle, located in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales was founded, where discussion between former enemies was encouraged in an effort to transmit a spirit of mutual understanding to young people to help them overcome prejudice and antagonism through living and working together. Under Mountbatten’s Presidency (from 1967) new Colleges were founded in order to give more people access to the UWC system.  In 1971, the United World College of South East Asia was established in Singapore, followed by the UWC of the Pacific in Canada in 1974.  In 1978, Mountbatten was succeeded as President of the International Council of the UWC by his great-nephew - Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) and Mountbatten was subsequently appointed Life Patron.  1977 saw the year of the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (1926(1952-    ), with street parties and celebrations throughout the country.  On 7th June 1977, the Queen and the whole Royal Family attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Mountbatten joined the Queen and other members of the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.  

Mountbatten with Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (left) at the opening of Broadlands to the public


with Dame Barbara Cartland

Lord Louis Mountbatten

The Final Years

Over the last few years of his life, Mountbatten strengthened his 50 year friendship with romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland, DBE (1901-2000).  They met at least once a week, staying at their respective estates, she even managed to convert him to her diet of vitamins and they co-wrote a novel with a historical nautical theme - “Love At The Helm”. Upon Mountbatten’s death Cartland would state that his death was “the greatest sadness of my life.” Dame Barbara’s daughter Raine (b.1929) married in 1976 (as his second wife) - Edward “Johnnie” Spencer, MVO, 8th Earl Spencer (1924-1992), the father of The Lady Diana Spencer (1961-1997) who married Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948) in 1981.

Queen Elizabeth II with Princess Anne, Mountbatten, Captain Mark Phillips (behind The Queen)

and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the balcony

at Buckingham Palace in 1977

As old age fell upon Mountbatten, he did reduce his charitable works and it was thought that at last Mountbatten would spend more time at a slower pace at his beloved Broadlands, but 1978 brought the idea of opening Broadlands to the public, which in true Mountbatten style was a project that he threw himself into. He personally oversaw everything and on 19th May 1979 - Broadlands was officially opened by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b.1948).