Lady Pamela Hicks: A look at when the Queen wrote touching letter to Prince Philip’s cousin


Lady Pamela Hicks is a relative of the British royal family who served as a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. She is also a first cousin of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Here we look at her time as lady-in-waiting and how she was with the Queen for several decades.

Lady Hicks, 93, has been with the Queen since her marriage and in 1947 acted as maid of honor to the then Princess Elizabeth at her wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Who is Lady Pamela Hicks?

Lady Pamela Hicks is the younger daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

She studied at the Hewitt School in New York and accompanied her parents to India when her father was appointed Viceroy of India before independence and then Governor-General of India after Partition.

Lady Hicks also accompanied the Queen as her lady-in-waiting to a number of countries including Jamaica, Panama, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia, Ceylon, Aden, Libya, Malta and Gibraltar.

Lady Pamela Hicks and the friendship of the Queen

The close bond between Lady Pamela and the Queen dates back to when she was a maid of honor at her wedding. In an exclusive interview with People Royal, she said: “I rather remember [Elizabeth] she was cool as a cucumber as always at her wedding – just there and the whole world was going crazy around her.’

As her constant companion on many trips, Lady Pamela has also witnessed many of Her Majesty’s emotional moments. She recalled when the then-Princess Elizabeth was on tour in Kenya, news came of her father, King George VI’s death, making her queen at the age of 25.

She told People: “I remember going and hugging her. And then he thought, ‘Oh my God, she’s the queen’ – and went into a deep dive.”

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The Queen once wrote a touching letter to Lady Pamela Hicks

Lady Pamela Hicks also spoke about the time the Queen wrote to her after Prince Philip’s death.

Lady Pamela’s daughter India told People: “One thing was touching: When you (Lady Pamela) wrote [Elizabeth] after Prince Philip’s death she wrote to you: ‘Of course you’ve known him longer than I have.

Lady Pamela added: “She wrote to thank me for her Christmas present. She commented on her huge extended family, but said that because of the coronavirus, of course, they were very limited, but still a big family party for Christmas.”

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