The body of Lord Mountbatten has arrived in Britain from Ireland before the ceremonial funeral in London on Wednesday (5 September).
The body of Lord Mountbatten has arrived in Britain from Ireland before the ceremonial funeral in London on Wednesday (5 September). Lord Mountbatten died on Monday (27 August) along with his grandson, Nicholas, and the Dowager Lady Brabourne, when their boat was blasted by a remote control bomb. Two men have been charged with the murders in a Dublin Court. A massive hunt is underway for a third man who, police believe, set off the bomb in the boat by remote control.
Lord Mountbatten's body was brought back to his country estate 'Broadlands', in the small Hampshire village of Romsey. It was here that Lord Louis and his wife, Edwina, spent their honeymoon in 1922.
Queen Elizabeth the Second and Prince Philip visited Broadlands in 1947 -- soon after their marriage. On Monday night (3 September) Lord Mountbatten's body will lie in Romsey Abbey -- not far from Broadlands -- and will be taken to St James's Palace in London. Lord Mountbatten's private secretary, John Barratt says Broadlands was his first love.
Lord Mountbatten's funeral service will be held in Westminister Abbey -- and it will be an occasion of national mourning not witnessed since the death of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The service will be attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal family. But it will be a 'ceremonial' funeral -- not a 'State' funeral -- an honour usually only reserved for Kings and Queens. Some forty countries, whose servicemen were commanded by Lord Mountbatten during the Second World War, will be represented at the service.
The body will then be taken by special train back to Romsey for final internment. Lord Mountbatten worshipped in Romsey Abbey along with local townsfolk. He often took along Royal guests -- including the Queen. His final resting place will be beneath the Abbey's ancient flag stones in the south transept -- a site chosen by Lord Mountbatten himself some years ago. It is close to the family's pew and altar and is surrounded by memorials to former residents of Broadlands. Canon David Shearlock of Romsey Abbey describes Lord Louis' relationship with the Abbey.