Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Hicks (née Mountbatten; born 19 April 1929) is a British aristocrat. She is the younger daughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma by his wife, Edwina Mountbatten. Through her father, Lady Pamela is a first cousin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and a great niece of the last Tsarina of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna. As of May 2013, Lady Pamela is 687th in line for the throne.
- 2 India
- 3 Bridesmaid and Lady-in-Waiting to The Queen
- 4 Marriage and children
- 5 Later life
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Styles from birth
- 8 Published works
- 9 Ancestry
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Lady Pamela was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1929, the younger sister of Lady Patricia Mountbatten. Through her father, she is a first cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh and a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. Through her mother, she is the second great-granddaughter of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. During her youth, Lady Pamela lived with her paternal grandmother, Victoria, Marchioness of Milford Haven, during school holidays.
In 1947, Lady Pamela accompanied her parents to India remaining with them throughout her father's term as Viceroy of pre-Independence India and thenGovernor-General of post-Partition India through 1948, living with them in Government House, New Delhi and the summer Viceregal Lodge in Simla.
In November 1947, Lady Pamela acted as a bridesmaid to then-Princess Elizabeth at her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (her first cousin). As lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth she was with her and the Duke of Edinburgh in Kenya when King George VI died on 6 February 1952. In late 1953 and early 1954, she accompanied the Queen as lady-in-waiting on the royal tour to Jamaica, Panama, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Ceylon,Aden, Libya, Malta and Gibraltar.
Lady Pamela is the widow of interior decorator and designer David Nightingale Hicks (25 March 1929 – 29 March 1998), son of Herbert Hicks and Iris Elsie Platten. They were married on 13 January 1960 atRomsey Abbey in Hampshire. The bridesmaids were Princess Anne, Princess Clarissa of Hesse (daughter of her cousin Sophie), Lady Amanda Knatchbull, Victoria Marten (god-daughter of the bride), and the Hon. Joanna Knatchbull (daughter of the bride's sister Patricia). Upon returning from honeymoon in the West Indies and New York she learned the death of her mother in February 1960.
Together, the couple had three children:
- Edwina Victoria Louise Hicks (born 24 December 1961)
- Ashley Louis David Hicks (born 18 July 1963)
- India Amanda Caroline Hicks (born 5 September 1967) who acted as a bridesmaid at the wedding of The Prince of Wales, her godfather and Lady Diana Spencer.
David Nightingale Hicks died on 29 March 1998, aged 69, from lung cancer.
Lady Pamela Hicks has been a Director of H Securities Unlimited, a fund management and brokerage firm, since 1991. She is a former director of Cottesmore Farms. In 2002, she sold off her mother's tiara at Sotheby's.
In 2007, Lady Hicks published her memoirs of her days in New Delhi and Simla, when India was partitioned into India and Pakistan and the Union Jack came down. She wrote in India Remembered: A Personal Account of the Mountbattens During the Transfer of Power that, while her mother, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and Jawaharlal Nehru, the future Prime Minister of India, were deeply in love, "the relationship remained platonic". In 2012, she published the second volume of her memoirs titled Daughter of Empire: Life as a Mountbatten, chronicling her childhood, her time in India, and her time aslady-in-waiting to The Queen.
Pamela Mountbatten (3rd from right) at a reception in New Delhi in October 1947
Mohandas K. Gandhi with Pamela Mountbatten, 1947.
Queen Elizabeth II and her Lady-in-Waiting Lady Pamela Mountbatten arrive at a Women's Reception at Brisbane City Hall, 1954.
- Miss Pamela Mountbatten (1929–1945)
- The Hon. Pamela Mountbatten (1945–1948)
- Lady Pamela Mountbatten (1948–1960)
- Lady Pamela Hicks (1960-present)