On 25th February 1960, Edwina’s coffin was taken from Romsey Abbey to Portsmouth
- for Edwina had asked to be buried at sea, which surprised many as she had never
cared for the sea. Mountbatten was moved when Edwina’s coffin was piped aboard the
British Naval frigate - HMS Wakeful - (an honour never known to be afforded to any
woman - other than the reigning Sovereign).
A short film by Pathé of Edwina’s funeral at sea
Mountbatten throws his wreath into the sea following
Edwina’s funeral onboard
Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma
After a brief service, her body was lowered into the sea just off the Portsmouth
coast. Edwina’s dearest friend - Nehru, the Prime Minister of India dispatched an
Indian Naval warship to accompany HMS Wakeful on its solemn journey, in a tribute
to the last Vicereine of India, and his very close friend.