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Marchioness of Carisbrooke, William Bruce Ellis Ranken, c. 1930Irene Frances Adza Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke, GBE, DStJ (née Denison; 4 July 1890 – 16 July 1956) was born in London, England, the daughter of William Francis Henry Denison, 2nd Earl of Londesborough, and Lady Grace Adelaide (daughter of Francis Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland).

She married Alexander, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke, son of Prince Henry of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, on 19 July 1917 at St. James's Palace, Chapel Royal, St. James's, London. From the day of her marriage, her married name became Mountbatten, and she was styled as the Marchioness of Carisbrooke.

Lady Irene and Alexander, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke had one child:


Irene Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke, 1925, by Glyn Philpot

According to the published diaries of Cecil Beaton, in his later years Lord Carisbrooke had a longtime male lover, Simon Fleet.[21] More is written about Lord Carisbrooke and his wife in the published diaries of James Lees-Milne.

Irene Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke, was invested as a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) and invested as a Dame of Justice of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (DStJ). In Spain, she was invested as a Dame of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa.[1]

She was Women’s Automobile and Sports Association’s first president. Its second was Ermine Oliphant-Murray, Viscountess Elibank. WASA’s secretary was the author Edith Waldemar Leverton. Gabrielle Borthwick was an active member of WASA from the beginning.

She succeeded Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom as President of the Frank James Memorial Hospital at East Cowes in 1946, carrying on the role until it was taken over by the National Health Service in 1948.

She died on 16 July 1956, aged 66, in London. Her ashes were interred at St. Mildred's Church, Whippingham, Isle of Wight.


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