Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Brabourne
Preceded by John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne
Personal details
Born (1947-10-08) 8 October 1947 (age 67)
Spouse(s) Penelope Meredith Eastwood
Parents John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne
Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne Bt. (born 8 October 1947), known until 2005 as Lord Romsey, is a British Peer.

Life and education[edit]

Brabourne was born in London as the eldest son of John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne, and Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Brabourne was educated at Gordonstoun School, Elgin, Moray, Scotland. He was subsequently educated at University of Kent in England.

With the death of his father on 23 September 2005, he became the 8th Baron Brabourne, of Brabourne in the County of Kent, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He also succeeded to the title of 17th Baronet Knatchbull, of Mersham Hatch in the County of Kent, in the Baronetage of England. He is the heir apparent to his mother's Earldom Mountbatten of Burma, which was created for his grandfather, Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India.

He is a descendant of Queen Victoria.

Marriage and children[edit]

Brabourne married Penelope Meredith Eastwood[1] (born 16 April 1953), a daughter of Reginald Wray Frank Eastwood, a self-made millionaire who began working life as a butcher at 15 and founded the Angus Steakhouse chain,[2] and wife Marian Elizabeth Hood, on 20 October 1979 at Romsey Abbey, Romsey, in Hampshire, where his parents were married in 1946. The family home is Broadlands, also in Hampshire.

The wedding took place two months after the assassination of his grandfather, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, by an IRA bomb which also killed three others, including his youngest brother, Nicholas Knatchbull (1964–1979), and his grandmother, the Dowager Lady Brabourne (1897–1979).

The Brabournes are very close friends and relations of the British Royal Family, and Lord Brabourne is one of the six godparents of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and is himself a godchild of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Lady Brabourne competes in carriage-driving competitions alongside Prince Philip. Lord Brabourne is a first cousin, once removed, of Prince Philip and second cousin of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his siblings.

Lord and Lady Brabourne had three children; two have survived to adulthood:

Titles from birth[edit]

  • 8 October 1947 - 27 August 1979:The Honourable Norton Knatchbull
  • 27 August 1979 - 23 September 2005: Lord Romsey
  • 23 September 2005 - present:The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne



  1. ^ "Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne of Brabourne". The Peerage. 4 February 2011. 
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  3. ^ Levy, Geoffrey; Kay, Richard (28 January 2011). "The Queen's confidante". Daily Mail (London). 
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Alice, daughter of Victoria
Succeeded by
Nicholas Knatchbull
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Knatchbull
Baron Brabourne
Nicholas Knatchbull