Friday, April 19, 2019

Lady Pamela Hicks At 90: Her Life in Video

Lady Pamela Hicks (née Mountbatten)

On 19 April 1929, Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Mountbatten was at Barcelona as the second daughter and last child of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979), and his wife Lady Mountbatten (1900-1960; née Hon. Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley). Lady Pamela joined an elder sister Patricia, eventual 2nd Countess of Burma (1924-2017). Pamela's godfathers were King Alfonso XIII of Spain, in whose country she was born, and Prince George, Duke of Kent; one of her godmothers was her aunt, Queen Louise of Sweden (1889-1965; née Mountbatten).



In 1947, Lady Pamela served as a bridesmaid to her third cousin HRH The Princess Elizabeth (now HM The Queen), eldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, at the princess' wedding to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Pamela's first cousin. 



Lady Pamela Mountbatten married David Nightingale Hicks (1929-1998) on 13 January 1960 at Romsey Abbey. Pamela's bridesmaids were Princess Anne, Princess Clarissa of Hesse, Victoria Marten, Lady Amanda Knatchbull and the Hon. Joanna Knatchbull. David Hicks forged a terribly successfully career as an interior designer. 


Lady Pamela Hicks and her husband had three children, two daughters and a son: Edwina (b.1961), Ashley (b.1963), and India (b.1967). Edwina Hicks is an artist; Ashley Hicks followed in his father's footsteps as an interior designer; and India Hicks owns her fashion and accessories company. 



India Hicks, a bridesmaid at the 1981 wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, occasionally shares candid and entertaining clips of her mother on India's Instagram account. Lady Pamela Hicks remains as sharp and witty as ever. 



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Lady Pamela has published two volumes of memoirs: India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power (2007) and Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten (2012). She resides at The Grove near Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, England. 


Eurohistory wishes Lady Pamela a very Happy Birthday!

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