A wonderfully intimate look into the life and work of India Hicks and her extraordinary family. In Season One we’re talking Movie Stars, Matadors and Maharajas as we have tea and cake with Lady Pamela, daughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten and of course India’s much moved mum. Now in her 90s Lady Pamela’s stories will astound you; she’s first cousins with Prince Philip, travelled the world on the famous Commonwealth tour when Princess Elizabeth became Queen, befriended everyone from Grace Kelly to Gandhi and had a front row seat as her father, the last Viceroy of India, oversaw the complicated process of partition.
Produced by Lisa Francesca Nand and edited by Alex George.
The Royal Wedding; The Future Queen Elizabeth Marries
When the future Queen Elizabeth was due to be married to Lady Pamela’s cousin, Philip, Lady Pamela was chosen as a bridesmaid. The wedding of the future Queen was of course a major international event and broadcast on radio to millions around the world. Inside Westminster Abbey were two thousand guests, including seven queens and six kings, and the 18 year old Lady Pamela, busy alongside her fellow bridesmaids dealing with broken tiaras, lost bouquets and much more…
15. Princess Alice; The Queen's Extraordinary Mother in Law
We’re in the drawing room of Lady Pamela Hicks’ home, just India, Lady Pamela and Lisa the producer. No studio, no formalities just plenty of conversation, tea and cake.
This episode is about Princess Alice, mother to Prince Philip and mother in law of Queen Elizabeth, who lived a remarkable life in some turbulent and challenging periods of history. As Lord Mountbatten’s older sister she was Lady Pamela’s aunt and Lady Pamela shares memories of this remarkable chain-smoking, canasta playing woman
Lady Mountbatten: Part Two, The Transformation
The conclusion of our episodes about Lady Louis Mountbatten, one of the most intriguing debutants of her day and mother to Lady Pamela and grandmother to India. Born Edwina Ashley she was the goddaughter of Edward VII and heiress to a vast fortune. She married Louis Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, in 1922. On this episode Lady Pamela explores how the war and her role as the last Vicereine of India transformed her mother from party-loving socialite to a formidably powerful and intuitive
13. Lady Mountbatten; Episode 1, Party-Loving Heiress, Wife and Mother
Lady Louis Mountbatten, mother to Lady Pamela, grandmother to India, was one of the most intriguing debutants of her day. As goddaughter of Edward VII and heiress to a vast fortune, she married Louis Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, in 1922, cementing this powerful couple’s place in British society. In the first of two episodes Lady Pamela explores her mother’s glamorous years of parties and travels, before the war years and Vicereineship in India changed the course of her life.
SPECIAL EPISODE; India Hicks in Conversation with Tina Brown
India is joined by special guest, Tina Brown, award-winning journalist, author, founder of the Women in the World summits and former editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Awarded a CBE in 2007, she founded Women in the World in 2009 as a live platform for female leaders, CEO’s, celebrities, and global activists. Tina has popped in for tea with Lady Pamela and for this inspirational chat with India. Like we always say…there's no studio, no formalities just good conversation.
11. Viceroy's House Part 4; A Bittersweet Goodbye
In the drawing room of Lady Pamela Hicks’ home in Oxfordshire Lady Pamela tells of living through some pretty extraordinary and now historic times. It’s just India, Lady Pamela and Lisa the producer; no studio, no formalities just conversation, tea and cake. In the last Viceroy’s House episode Lady Pamela recalls the sadness of saying goodbye to India, a country she had grown to love, leaving the many people who had become very dear to her and the family and their bittersweet arrival back home.
I love learning about the extended Royal family and the Mountbattens played such an important part going all the way back to Queen Victoria. I love hearing your mother tell her stories and I enjoy how you clarify who was related to who. Thank you so much for having this podcast. Keep it coming!!
Lady Mountbatten’s Death
I was deeply moved as your mother told of her mother’s death. Listening to both episodes about Lady Mountbatten was fascinating as she went from this carefree young woman to wife, mother and force to be reckoned with. She was a profound example of serving King and country and while she did not die on the battlefield she gave her life no less than the brave soldiers who did. I’ve so enjoyed listening to your mothers front row seat stories of her family’s place in British history. How wise of you India to get these astounding, funny and insightful stories on tape for all your family’s future generations to enjoy. I must ask if there are transcripts available? I’ve listened to your podcast while driving and the noise from the road muffled some things that your mother said. Such a brilliant idea this podcast, I hope there might be more episodes!
What’s not to love..?
...About an erudite and inquisitive woman asking important and honest questions of her own Mum? And thereby unwrapping a very interesting, important and a beautiful life?!
PLEASE listen to this.
You think you’re sacrificing right now?
Then trust me, you have NO idea what sacrifice is.