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Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne (born 8 October 1947), known until 22 September 2005 as Lord Romsey, is the eldest son of the 7th Baron Brabourne and the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and a descendant of Queen Victoria. He is in line to the British throne and is also heir apparent to the Earldom of Mountbatten of Burma.

Brabourne was born in Londonmarker. He married Penelope Eastwood (born 16 April 1953), a daughter of Reginald Wray Frank and Marian Elizabeth Hood Eastwood, on 20 October 1979 at Romsey Abbeymarker in Hampshire, where his parents were married in 1946. The family home is Broadlandsmarker, also in Hampshire.

The wedding was notable as it took place not long after the murder of his grandfather, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, by an IRA bomb, which also killed 3 others, including his youngest brother, Nicholas Knatchbull (1964-1979), and his grandmother, the Dowager Lady Brabourne (1897-1979). Presumably the family decided not to allow the IRA's actions to force them to change their already finalised nuptial plans.

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 of Wales 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:

Titles from birth

  • The Honourable Norton Knatchbull (1947-1979)
  • Lord Romsey (1979-2005)
  • The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne (2005-present)



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