In accordance with their own wish, the late Countess Mountbatten of Burma was buried at sea, Feb. 25, ten miles off the Isle of Wight.
Coffin taken aboard "Wakeful" followed by Duke of Edinburgh, Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Mountbatten and family. Scenes on board, "Wakeful" leaves harbour, - ends on two shots of Indian navy ship "Trishul" following.
EDITORS: see our prod. numbers 1325/60 Burial at sea, and 1227/60 Scenes from Countess Mountbatten's life.
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Background: In accordance with their own wish, the late Countess Mountbatten of Burma was buried at sea, Feb. 25, ten miles off the Isle of Wight. Lady Mountbatten died aged 58, Feb. 21, in North Borneo during a 10-week Far Eastern tour.
Her body was brought by hearse to Portsmouth from the Mountbatten home at Romsey, Hampshire. The coffin was then taken aboard the frigate "Wakeful" by a bearer party of Chief Petty Officers and placed on a catafalque on the quarter-deck.
Withe Earl Mountbatten were his two daughters, and other members of the family. The Duke of Edinburgh, nephew to Countess Mountbatten, was also representing the Queen.
The "Wakeful" was escorted to sea by the Indian frigate "Trishul", recalling Lady Mountbatten's close association with India when her husband was last Viceroy before independence.