Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, CBE, MSC, CD, was a British peeress, the first cousin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. She was the elder daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and his wife, the heiress Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley, a patrilineal descendant of the Earls of Shaftesbury, first ennobled in 1661. She was the last surviving baptismal sponsor of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.
In 1979 when her father was assassinated, she succeeded him as 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, as his peerages had been created by the Crown with special remainder to his daughters and their heirs male. This inheritance accorded her the title of Countess and a seat in the House of Lords, where she remained until 1999, when the House of Lords Act 1999 removed most hereditary peers from the House.
On 26 October 1946 she married John Ulick Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne, at the time an aide to her father in the Far East. The wedding took place at Romsey Abbey in the presence of members of the Royal Family. Her bridesmaids were Princess Elizabeth (later Queen of Great Britain), Princess Margaret, Lady Pamela Mountbatten (the bride's younger sister), and Princess Alexandra, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
Later they became one of the few married couples each of whom held a peerage in their own right, and whose descendants inherited titles through both. They had eight children (a son died in infancy) and eighteen grandchildren. Lord Brabourne died in 2005.
In 1979 her son the Hon Nicholas Timothy Charles Knatchbull (18 November 1964 – 27 August 1979) was killed by an IRA bomb, which also killed her father and mother-in-law.
On 27 August 1979 while the family was on holiday in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, her father, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, took a number of family members out lobstering on his motorboat, Shadow V, in Donegal Bay. Having planned to murder Mountbatten, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) placed a bomb inside the boat on the night of the 26th. Mountbatten and several members of the party were killed the next morning when the bomb was triggered by an IRA observer onshore who was armed with a radio detonator. The dead included her 83-year-old mother-in-law, the Dowager Baroness Brabourne, one of her twin 14-year-old sons, Nicholas Knatchbull, and a local boy, 15-year-old Paul Maxwell from County Fermanagh who had been hired for the summer as Mountbatten's boat boy. Patricia, her husband Lord Brabourne, and their other twin son Timothy were severely injured, but survived the attack.
Dame of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (DStJ), Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Meritorious Service Cross (MSC), Canadian Forces Decoration (CD).
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry), Countess Mountbatten's Own Legion of Frontiersmen of the Commonwealth, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
Countess Mountbatten died at the family seat, her home in Mersham, Kent, on 13 June 2017, aged 93. Her funeral service took place on 27 June 2017 at St Paul's Church, Kensington, and was attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other senior members of the royal family. She was buried at her home in Mersham, Kent.
She was succeeded by her eldest son, Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, the 8th Baron Brabourne, as 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
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