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Memorial Service: Countess Mountbatten 1924-2017

Regulars | By James Hughes-Onslow | September Issue

Remembering the Countess Mountbatten and her life.

Prince Charles led tributes to his godmother Patricia, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge. ‘All of us are in this church because we have known and loved a very special lady,’ he told mourners, including the Queen and Prince Philip. Three of the four bridesmaids at Lady Mountbatten's wedding in Romsey Abbey – the Queen, Princess Alexandra and Lady Mountbatten’s sister Lady Pamela Hicks – were at the service. The fourth was the late Princess Margaret. Prince Charles spoke of Lady Mountbatten’s indomitable courage when she was bereaved and badly injured in the IRA bomb attack in County Sligo in August 1979. The bomb killed her father Earl Mountbatten, her 14-year-old son Nicholas, her mother-in-law Doreen, Lady Brabourne, and the family boatman, Paul Maxwell. Despite this tragedy, he said how happy he was to visit Mullaghmore two years ago with his wife, Camilla. The Prince told how he was onceinvolved...

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