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Daughter of empire : life as a Mountbatten / Lady Pamela Hicks.

By: Hicks, Pamela, 1929- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Phoenix, 2013Edition: Paperback edition.Description: 262 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781780222844 (paperback); 178022284X (paperback).Subject(s): Hicks, Pamela, 1929- | Upper class women -- Great Britain -- Biography | Upper class -- Great Britain -- Biography | Ladies-in-waiting -- Great Britain -- BiographyDDC classification: 941.082092 | B Summary: Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, not to mention a great aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father admired by Grace Kelly, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. As the younger daughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Pamela Hicks's childhood was an extraordinary whirlwind of British aristocracy, English eccentricity, Hollywood glamour, and political education. The house was always full of guests like Sir Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and the Duchess of Windsor. During World War II she was sent to live on Fifth Avenue in New York City with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt. She served as a bridesmaid in Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Phillip. Vivid and engaging, well paced and superbly detailed, this witty, intimate memoir is an enchanting lens through which to view the early part of the twentieth century.
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A magical memoir about childhood in India by the daughter of Lord Louis and Edwina Mountbatten; a glimpse into the lives and loves of some of the 20th century's leading figures.

Pamela Mountbatten was born at the end of the 1920s into one of Britain's grandest families. The daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten and his glamorous wife Edwina Ashley, she was brought up by nannies and governesses as she was often parted from her parents as they dutifully carried out their public roles. A solitary child, she learned to occupy her days lost in a book, riding or playing with the family's animals (which included at different times a honey bear, chameleons, a bush baby, two wallabies, a lion, a mongoose and a coati mundi). Her parents' vast social circle included royalty, film stars, senior service officers, politicians and celebrities. Noel Coward invited Pamela to watch him filming; Douglas Fairbanks Jr. dropped in for tea and Churchill would call for 'a word with Dickie'.

After the war, Pamela truly came of age in India, while her parents were the Last Viceroy and Vicereine. This introduction to the country would start a life-long love affair with the people and the place.

"Originally published in Great Britain in 2012 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson"--T.p. verso.

Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, not to mention a great aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father admired by Grace Kelly, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. As the younger daughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, Pamela Hicks's childhood was an extraordinary whirlwind of British aristocracy, English eccentricity, Hollywood glamour, and political education. The house was always full of guests like Sir Winston Churchill, Noel Coward, Douglas Fairbanks, and the Duchess of Windsor. During World War II she was sent to live on Fifth Avenue in New York City with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt. She served as a bridesmaid in Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Prince Phillip. Vivid and engaging, well paced and superbly detailed, this witty, intimate memoir is an enchanting lens through which to view the early part of the twentieth century.

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