Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne

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The Lord Brabourne
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Born (1947-10-08) 8 October 1947 (age 69)
London, England
Tenure 23 September 2005 – present
Spouse(s) Penelope Meredith Eastwood
Issue Nicholas Knatchbull
Alexandra Knatchbull
Leonora Knatchbull
Parents John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne
Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne (born 8 October 1947), known until 2005 as Lord Romsey, is a British peer.

Life and education[edit]

Brabourne was born in London as the eldest son of John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne and Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

Brabourne was educated at Gordonstoun School, Elgin, Moray, Scotland. He was subsequently educated at the University of Kent in England.

On the death of his father on 23 September 2005, he became the 8th Baron Brabourne, of Brabourne in the County of Kent, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He also succeeded to the title of 17th Baronet Knatchbull, of Mersham Hatch in the County of Kent, in the Baronetage of England. He is the heir apparent to his mother's Earldom Mountbatten of Burma, which was created for his grandfather, Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India.

He is a descendant of Queen Victoria, whose second daughter Princess Alice of the United Kingdom was his maternal great great grandmother.

His godfather is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and he is a godfather of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

Marriage and children[edit]

Brabourne married Penelope Meredith Eastwood[1] (born 16 April 1953), a daughter of Reginald Wray Frank Eastwood (1912-1980), a self-made millionaire who began his working life as a butcher at 15 and founded the Angus Steakhouse chain,[2] and his wife Marian Elizabeth Hood (b. 1928), on 20 October 1979 at Romsey Abbey, Romsey, in Hampshire, where his parents were married in 1946. The family home is Broadlands, also in Hampshire.

The wedding took place two months after the assassination of his grandfather, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, by an IRA bomb which also killed three others, including his younger brother, Nicholas Knatchbull (1964–1979), and his grandmother, the Dowager Lady Brabourne (1897–1979).

Lord and Lady Brabourne had three children; two have survived to adulthood:

  • The Hon. Nicholas Louis Charles Norton Knatchbull (born 15 May 1981), his father's heir apparent
  • The Hon. Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull (born 5 December 1982), married to Thomas Hooper (on 25 June 2016).
  • The Hon. Leonora Louise Marie Elizabeth Knatchbull (25 June 1986 – 22 October 1991). She died of kidney cancer, and is buried in the grounds of the family home, Broadlands; see Leonora Children's Cancer Fund.[3]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1947-1979: The Honourable Norton Knatchbull
  • 1979-2005: Lord Romsey
  • 2005-: The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne[a]
  1. ^ Although The Lord Brabourne is a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.



  1. ^ "Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne of Brabourne". The Peerage. 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "CBSi". Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  3. ^ Levy, Geoffrey; Kay, Richard (28 January 2011). "The Queen's confidante". Daily Mail. London. 


  • Marlene A. Eilers, Queen Victoria's Descendants (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987), page 184.

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Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Alice, daughter of Victoria
Succeeded by
Nicholas Knatchbull
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Knatchbull
Baron Brabourne
Nicholas Knatchbull