Earl Mountbatten of Burma

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Earldom Mountbatten of Burma
Coat of Arms of Louis Mountbatten, Earl of Burma.svg
Creation date 28 October 1947
Created by George VI
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Louis Mountbatten
Present holder Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess
Heir apparent 8th Baron Brabourne
Remainder to the 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten; the 1st Earl's daughters and heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten
Subsidiary titles Viscount Mountbatten of Burma; Baron Romsey

Earl Mountbatten of Burma is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1947 for Rear Admiral Louis Mountbatten, 1st Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, the last Viceroy of India. The letters patent creating the title specified the following special remainder,

...to his eldest daughter Patricia Edwina Victoria, Baroness Brabourne...and the heirs male of her body lawfully begotten; and in default of such issue to every other daughter lawfully begotten of the said Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, successively in order of seniority of age and priority of birth and to the heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten...

As a result, Lord Mountbatten's eldest daughter Patricia succeeded as The Countess Mountbatten of Burma upon the former's death. Should the legitimate male line of descent of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma become extinct, the peerages will be inherited by her sister, Lady Pamela Hicks, and her legitimate heirs male. Should the legitimate male line of both sisters become extinct, the peerages will become extinct.

The subsidiary titles of the Earldom are: Viscount Mountbatten of Burma, of Romsey in the County of Southampton (created 1946), and Baron Romsey, of Romsey in the County of Southampton (1947). Both of these titles, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, have the same special remainder as the Earldom. Lord Romsey was the courtesy title by which Lady Mountbatten of Burma's eldest son and heir was known until he succeeded his father as 8th Lord Brabourne.

The family seat is Newhouse Manor, near Ashford, Kent.

Earls Mountbatten of Burma (1947)[edit]

Created by George VI of the United Kingdom
# Name Period Spouse Notes Other titles
1 Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas George Mountbatten
(1900-1979)
1947-1979 Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley Born a prince of Battenberg, he renounced the title and adopted the name Mountbatten Viscount Mountbatten of Burma
Baron Romsey
2 Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull
(b. 1924)
since 1979 John Ulick Knatchbull,
7th Baron Brabourne
Daughter of the 1st Earl Viscountess Mountbatten of Burma
(In her own right)
Baroness Romsey
(In her own right)
Dowager Baroness Brabourne
(by marriage)

The heir apparent is the present holder's eldest son Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne (b. 1947).

Line of succession[edit]

  1. Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne (b. 1947), eldest son the 2nd Countess (previously known as Lord Romsey from the time of his mother's succession to the title until his succession to his father's title)
  2. The Hon. Nicholas Louis Charles Norton Knatchbull (b. 1981), only son of the 8th Baron Brabourne
  3. The Hon. Michael John Ulick Knatchbull (b. 1950), second son of the 2nd Countess
  4. The Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull (b. 1961), fourth son of the 2nd Countess
  5. Frederick Michael Hubert Knatchbull (b. 2003), elder son of the Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull
  6. John Robin Rocky Knatchbull (b. 2004), younger son of the Hon. Philip Wyndham Ashley Knatchbull
  7. The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull (b. 1964), fifth son of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma
  8. Milo Columbus John Knatchbull (b. 2001), elder son of The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull
  9. Ludovic David Nicholas Knatchbull (b. 2003), second son of The Hon. Timothy Nicholas Sean Knatchbull
  10. Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks (b. 1929), younger daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
  11. Ashley Louis David Hicks (b. 1963), only son of Lady Pamela Hicks

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