The last days of the British Raj. The end of empire. A love affair between Edwina Mountbatten, wife of the last British viceroy to India, and Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. The stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947 liberated 400 million people from the British Empire. With the... read more
“"The prologue is entitled "A Tryst with Destiny". Page 3 reads. "Perhaps, Hindu astrologers had been right when they declared 14 August to be an inauspicious date. Or perhaps, the Viceroys curious decision to rush independence through ten months ahead of the British governments schedule was to blame"...In 1929 Mountbatten purchased Villa Gwardamanga on the island of Malta. Not really sure if the name has any meaning but Gwarda (r) is a very dangerous and venomous snake found in many parts of Australia. During the second world war the tiny island of Malta was under siege from 11 June 1940 to 20 November 1942. (Precisely five years after the end of the siege Prince Philip married HRH Princess Elizabeth).It is thought Mountbatten was a keen amateur radio enthusiast and was quite active during the 1920s learning and understanding more about transmissions and signals especially linked to navigation and nautical subjects. Middlebridge Lodge is a gate house for the rear entrance to Broadlands. In 1955 a cyclist who was employed as a bricklayer at Broadlands claimed to have seen a flying saucer close to Middlebridge lane.”
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