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The Mountbatten March

Updated: Apr 24

In 1968, Vivian Dunn received a letter from Mountbatten stating that Junior Musician Brian Hobbs had contacted him asking for permission to call his new march ‘Mountbatten’ in his honour.

However, the Colonel had apparently told Mountbatten some time before that he had planned to compose a march in retirement with the intention of calling it ‘Mountbatten’.

True to his word the following year, Dunn sent a pianoforte score of the march to Mountbatten’s home at Broadlands. The march included snippets of ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘A Life on the Ocean Wave’ and of course ‘The Preobrajensky March’.

The Mountbatten March was first publicly performed at The Royal Tournament in 1971.

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