Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood

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The Earl of Harewood
Henry Lascelles, Earl of Harewood.jpg
Tenure 6 October 1929 – 24 May 1947
Born (1882-09-09)9 September 1882
London, England
Died 24 May 1947(1947-05-24) (aged 64)
Harewood House, Yorkshire
Buried 27 May 1947
All Saints Church, Harewood, Yorkshire
Spouse(s) Mary, Princess Royal (m. 1922)
Father Henry Lascelles, 5th Earl of Harewood
Mother Lady Florence Bridgeman

Henry George Charles Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood KG GCVO DSO TD JP DL (9 September 1882 – 24 May 1947), styled The Honourable Henry Lascelles before 1892 and Viscount Lascelles between 1892 and 1929, was a British soldier, peer and a Yorkshire landowner. He was the husband of Mary, Princess Royal, and through her the son-in-law of King George V and Queen Mary and a brother-in-law to Edward VIII and George VI.


Lascelles was the son of Henry Lascelles, 5th Earl of Harewood and Lady Florence Bridgeman.

Wedding portrait of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles, 1922

Lord Harewood married Princess Mary, only daughter of King George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary, at Westminster Abbey, on 28 February 1922. His best man was Sir Victor Mackenzie, 3rd Baronet.[1]

After their marriage, Lord and Lady Harewood split their time between their homes; Chesterfield House (destroyed after the Second World War) in London, Goldsborough Hall, at Harwood Estate and Harewood House itself, in Yorkshire, which became their family home in 1929. They had two children:

Her elder son, the Earl of Harewood, wrote about his parents' marriage in his memoirs The Tongs and the Bones and says that "they got on well together and had a lot of friends and interests in common".

Military career[edit]

Lascelles attended the Royal Military College before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into the Grenadier Guards on 12 February 1902.[2] He went on to command the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards during the First World War, after the war, Lascelles remained interested in local Yorkshire issues and events, often contributing to the Leeds Board of Management. He was president of the Yorkshire Rural Community Council.[3][4]

Death and legacy[edit]

Lord Harewood died of a heart attack on 24 May 1947 at the age of 64 at his home, Harewood House. Lady Harewood, the Princess Royal, survived him by almost eighteen years and died in 1965.

It is widely understood that Virginia Woolf based the character of Archduke Henry on him in her novel Orlando, a tribute to her lover Vita Sackville-West. Henry Lascelles was one of West's suitors.[5]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Henry, 6th Earl of Harewood[6]
  • 1882–1892: The Honourable Henry G. C. Lascelles
  • 1892–1929: Viscount Lascelles
  • 1929–1947: The Right Honourable The Earl of Harewood

Lord Harewood, a Freemason, served as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England from 1942 to 1947.[7]



  1. ^ "'The Wedding of 6th Earl of Harewood and Princess Mary'". National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "No. 27405". The London Gazette. 11 February 1902. p. 846. 
  3. ^ "Lord Harewood". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. West Yorkshire, England. 13 March 1943. Retrieved 25 September 2015. ... Lord Harewood, speaking on the report of the Board of Management, said was impressed the Increase last .. (Also, 28 March 1929...BOARD OF MANAGEMENT. Mr. Middleton re-elected ...(as) treasurer, and the following governors were appointed to form the Board Management in connection ...) 
  4. ^ "Lord Harewood's Letter". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. West Yorkshire, England. 12 April 1937. Retrieved 25 September 2015. Lord Harewood's Letter Lord Bolton then read a letter from Lord Harewood. president of the Yorkshire Rural Community Council... 
  5. ^ "Orlando". sparknotes.com. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Image of the quartered arms of the 6th Earl of Harewood, Find a Grave. Retrieved 15 April 2018
  7. ^ "A Library and Museum of Freemasonry Information Leaflet: The Use of Standards and Banners in Freemasonry" (PDF). The Library and Museum of Freemasonry. November 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2018. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Harewood
Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire
Succeeded by
The Earl of Scarbrough
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Crewe-Milnes
Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
Succeeded by
E. F. L. Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Kent
Grand Master of the
United Grand Lodge
of England

Succeeded by
The Duke of Devonshire
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Lascelles
Earl of Harewood
Succeeded by
George Lascelles