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(from Sept 2006)

The Lady Pamela Hicks (née Mountbatten)

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Pamela was sent to Buckswood Grange boarding school in Crawley, Sussex (30 miles from London) and would return home for the school holidays but World War II loomed and difficult decisions had to be made in the event of the country being occupied by Nazi Germany. With the Mountbatten’s Royal connections and Edwina’s own Jewish ancestry, it was feared that the Mountbatten family would be a genuine target for invading forces.  Following the fall of France in 1940, it was decided that both Patricia and Pamela would be evacuated to America and they were sent via the SS Washington to stay with leading socialite Grace Vanderbilt (1870-1953).

Pamela (aged 3yrs) on a donkey

with her nanny

Pamela (aged 17yrs) in the Vice-regal gardens

at the Viceroy’s House, New Delhi, India

After World War II, Mountbatten was appointed Viceroy of India and on 22nd March 1947, Pamela arrived in India with her parents.  This was an adventure of a lifetime, and Pamela accompanied her parents to Vice-regal engagements, dinners, parties and visits throughout India. She learnt Hindustani and also worked in the Allied Forces Canteen and in a free medical clinic and dispensary for the poor of Delhi.  Mountbatten was joined each morning at 6.30am, for a morning ride - a time he could escape his official duties and the often fraught politics of India and spend quality time with his daughter.

On 15th August 1947, at the official ceremony of the raising of the new Indian flag following independence (and the end of the British Raj), due to the huge crowds Pamela was surrounded by people “cut off” from her parents and the other officials and had to be rescued personally by the new Prime Minister of India - Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), who climbed through the crowds, with both of them literally walking on top of the people. Following Mountbatten being granted an Earldom on 28th October 1947, Pamela was accorded the courtesy title of “The Lady Pamela Mountbatten”. She was to write in her diary - “Daddy has been created an Earl, so Mummy is a Countess and I have the courtesy title ‘Lady’ before my Christian name.  Lovely!”

Jawaharlal Nehru (left)

with Pamela

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