The Chairman of Kent County Council has paid tribute to Countess Mountbatten, who died earlier this week at the age of 93.
David Brazier said: “The Countess was a distinguished and highly-respected resident of Kent.
“She was one of the first two female Deputy Lieutenants appointed in the county in 1973 and was involved in many charitable efforts in the county.
“I was very saddened to hear of her death.”
The Countess, known locally as Lady Brabourne, lived at Mersham Ash, near Ashford.
A cousin of Prince Philip and godmother to Prince Charles, she served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service during World War II.
Tragedy struck the family in 1979 when her father, Lord Louis Mountbatten, her mother-in-law and her 14-year-old son Nicholas were killed by an IRA bomb while on a fishing trip.
Countess Mountbatten was also on board but survived along with her husband, film producer Lord Brabourne, and their other son Timothy, who was Nicholas’ identical twin.