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Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Born Nov 28, 1901

Edwina Cynthia Annette Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, GBE, DCVO, CI, DStJ was an English heiress, socialite, relief-worker, wife of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and last Vicereine of India.

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1901 Birth Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma was born Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley in 1901, the elder daughter of Wilfred William Ashley, later 1st Baron Mount Temple (of the 1932 creation), who was a Conservative Member of Parliament. … Read More


1914 12 Years Old After Ashley's father's re-marriage in 1914 to Molly Forbes-Sempill, she was sent away to boarding schools, first to The Links in Eastbourne, then to Alde House in Suffolk, at neither of which was she a willing pupil. … Read More
1920 18 Years Old By the time Lord Louis Mountbatten first met her in 1920, she was a leading member of London society.


1922 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Ashley and Mountbatten were married on 18 July 1922 at St. Margaret's, Westminster. … Read More


1950 48 Years Old Lord and Lady Mountbatten served as, respectively, the last Viceroy and Vicereine of pre-Partition India, after the British government gave him plenipotentiary power to arrange the Independence of British India. After Partition, Lord Mountbatten remained briefly as the first of the two Governors General of India - in 1950 the link with the monarchy was severed and India's governor general was replaced with a non-executive president. … Read More


1960 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In accordance with her wishes, Lord Mountbatten buried her at sea off the coast of Portsmouth off HMS Wakeful on 25 February 1960; Nehru sent two Indian destroyers to accompany her body; Geoffrey Fisher, the Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated.